The gallery below contains a few images from a personal project I have been doing for many years. A personal artist project is something many artists do to keep their skills sharp, to experiment with new ideas and learn how to use new technology. Many projects are short term and have predefined end points. Others, like my Spark in B&W, go on year after year.
Creating portraits of people of all ages in B&W provides me with an opportunity focus on the "Spark" that makes you you and me me. The small twist in mouth that hints at a smile, a touch of light in the corner of the eyes, or a mindless gesture of a hand can expresses volumes in Black and White. Volumes that are hard to find in color portraits.
Once I became focused on the bushy white eyebrows of an older man sitting for his portrait. "Can you raise them a little more, please?" He struggled but did a great job. During the image review both he and his wife were astounded by those captures. His "Spark" just glowed in those particular frames.
As you look through this little gallery please look for the Spark in each portrait.
Several years ago I received a call from the head librarian here in Rowley with an offer to display as many images as I could fit in the Library's Art Gallery. The subject matter was my choice. Delighted with the offer I framed up about 18 B&W Spark images and installed them in the gallery.
About a week later I stopped by to see if anyone had noticed portraits and was told by the librarians that they had never witness so many people visiting the library with no other purpose than to view the art in the gallery.
During the remaining time of the show people stopped me in the supermarket, at the post office, in the coffee shop and the pharmacy to say how much they enjoyed my art in the library.