photo of woman standing in the middle of the road, by Roxanne Darling

Recent Shows and Photography Reviews

I’ve been very focused on developing my photo series, I AM: For the love of nature. My ultimate goals are a solo show and book. My path is to submit to juried exhibitions and photography reviews. So far, I’ve been greeted by much support and acceptance. I do what I do because it speaks to me deeply — and — it feels wonderful when other people acknowledge my work.
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Roxanne Darling, I AM: wrecked on the shore, photograph

The Creative Portrait: Fourth Annual Exhibition, 2018

I recently applied to The Creative Portrait exhibition, presented by the Los Angeles Center of Photography. I felt it was a long shot, but I was wrong! Three of my photographs were accepted into the online gallery and I am thrilled. I have so much respect for the jurors and wanted them to at least see my work. Thank you to all for the the attentive and caring work to curate and present this show. I will be in Los Angeles for the opening on Saturday evening, December 15, 2018. Perhaps I’ll see you there!

Update: I went to the opening and had a wonderful time meeting the jurors and other artists. Thank you David Fahey and Nick Fahey for selecting three of my images for the show. You can read the details here at LACP. Read more

Abstract Photography from Maui

Here are a few of the abstract photographs I took when re-learning how to use a DSLR camera. I first learned film photography in college (1974!) and fell in love with the ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) photos my partner was creating back in 2014-2016. Shane moved on to abstract painting and taught me some of the secrets behind this type of abstract photography that is made entirely in camera. No photoshop tricks or digital manipulation here. Read more

Self-portrait, Roxanne Darling, Drone Photography in Quartzite, AZ

Electron Salon, 2018

I originally applied to the Spring 2018 International Juried Exhibition at LACDA, the LA Center for Digital Art. It was curated by Leigh Gleason, Curator of Collections at the California Museum of Photography. My work was not selected for this show.

A few weeks later, though, the gallery director, Rex Bruce, emailed and invited me to participate in the Electron Salon, April, 2018. “You were selected based your submissions for competition(s) or Snap to Grid as being among the best that were contributed.” OK, that felt really good to read.
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I AM: Resting in the Redwoods, by Roxanne Darling

I AM: Resting in the Redwoods

This photograph is part of my “I AM” series, which are nude portraits of myself exploring the natural states of the female form as expressed in the midst of nature itself. As a 65 year-old woman and emerging artist, I’m curious about the lines between nakedness and sexuality, between self-expression and exhibitionism, between acting and resting, between body perfect and body positive.

The statement in 1s and 0s repeated on the image is the actual binary code for “I AM.” In computer programming, the 1s and 0s represent a binary choice at each step of execution: on or off, yes or no. This appears at first glance to ground the universe in black and white thinking, but in reality, the infinite combinations of 1s and 0s is what creates extraordinary diversity. This diversity is well documented in nature and is becoming ever more appreciated in humanity as well. Read more