I enjoy talking about creative collaborations, and working with gallery owners, like-minded photographers, and other artists and creative types. I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to collaborate – on photo shoots, on exhibitions, on books, and brainstorm ideas with an amazing group of friends. I am very fortunate to have had numerous photographs shown at Abigail Kreuser’s Kreuser Gallery. Abby is the brightest star in the creative community in Colorado Springs and a tireless artist and gallerist who promotes established and up-and-coming artists in the Pikes Peak Region. She is a champion for the arts here, and because of Abby, I envision that our city will be much like Santa Fe, or Sausalito, in the coming years, a haven for artists of all types, a creative gathering place. I wanted to share a link to her gallery, as well as a link I’m very proud of. Here is a link to my artist’s page on her website. I am honored to hold a position on her website among so many amazing creatives in our area.
Another collaboration that I was recently invited to join is with my friend Dan Russell. Our shared love of 19th century photographic processes, and the history of Colorado has made this a great fit. Dan has conceived a new project idea to expand on our COS19Century Project and take it statewide. He has created a new website to feature our work. Keep an eye on this site, as there will be much more to come with Dan’s vision and persistence. I am honored he selected me to be the second artist to hold a space on his new project website.
Working with creatives, whether in your own medium, or in others such as writers, painters, or graphic designers, creates a positive force in our own work. Collaborating on new ideas, letting old ideas come back to the surface, getting creative feedback and critique from one other, and saying – out loud – our most outlandish ideas helps me keep pursuing my vision. A favorite quote from a Colorado Springs photographer, Myron Wood, reminds us to allow ourselves to think outside of our own boxes…
“. . . And I must say that an appreciation and, more than that, a deep interest and knowledge of other art forms, if you are going to work in an art form, is very important. Because the more you know about the other art forms – literature, music, painting, sculpture – the more easily you move within your own art form. It gives you solidity, an ease, which you cannot otherwise have. You are just a cardboard photographer otherwise, if all you know is photography.” – Myron Wood (1921-1999)
More to come… collaborations with wordsmiths and publishers.