collage of shots magazine cover and B&W image of woman lying on the ground in joshua tree

Shots Magazine Selection Summer 2020

collage of shots magazine cover and B&W image of woman lying on the ground in joshua tree

Shots Magazine Editorial Selection

I entered work for the Shots Magazine theme, Into the Wild, in late Spring, 2020 — my first submission to a print publication. Having my work accepted? It gave me the “chicken skin” and a heart full of gratitude. You can find me in Shots Magazine, Issue No. 48, on page 23.

I love how they describe their editorial process, so I’m quoting it here, slightly condensed:

SHOTS Magazine is a beautifully printed black & white quarterly in world gone digital, not an on-line publication.

An independent, reader-supported journal of eclectic fine art photography now in its 34th year of publication, SHOTS is known for its democratic presentation of work by a variety of photographers from around the world… Each issue has a theme…We don’t care about what kind, brand or model of camera you use, which format, whether you used film or digital, what apps or filters. We care about vision, about quality, about depth, about meaning, about magic.

This is one of few images in my series, I AM: For the Love of Nature, that I’ve processed in both color and black and white. This allows me to dance in more than one world; photography collectors and fans often have a preference for one or the other. I want to take advantage of the tools that allow me to express the range of ‘vision, meaning, magic’ that a single image can express.

In a MeToo Kinda Mood

black & white photo of a woman laying on the ground in joshua tree national park

In a MeToo Kinda Mood

Incest, rape, assault
are prickly propositions.
‘Don’t say those words out loud.’
So maybe a picture
can tell the thousands
of memories…
be still.
I won’t wear a crown of thorns
I’m no martyr.
But the space
between my legs,
once small & unsafe,
is now mine to manage.

2020 International Juried Exposition

postcard image from 2020 international juried exhibition by center for photographic art in carmel, ca

2020 International Juried Exhibition

Juror: Aline Smithson, Editor-in-Chief, Lenscratch
Center for Photographic Art
Director: Ann Jastrab
Carmel, CA

I met Ann Jastrab at the CENTER Santa Fe review and she has been a tremendous supporter of my work. For this exhibition, over 2500 images were submitted. 110 were selected by juror, Aline Smithson. (40 in the gallery and 70 in the online show.) Aline is one of our champions in photography. I find her own photographic work technically superb and often whimsical in subject matter, resulting in a large body of work and countless awards. (I’m especially fond of this series she did with her mom.) But that’s only the start as Aline is a beloved fine art photography instructor and also runs the website, Lenscratch, which features a new photographer every single day.

Thank you to Ann and Aline for including me in this exhibition.

Here is the image that was accepted. I’m including its companion poem, though this exhibition was only photography. FYI, this image also won an Honorable Mention at the Los Angeles Center for Photography 6th Annual Members Exhibition. Limited edition prints of this artwork are available on my project site, I AM: For the Love of Nature.

Read Aline’s comments on the show here.
Purchase a catalog (print or digital) of the show here.
Purchase a fine art print (from me) of this photograph here. Use code PATRON for special pricing.

Equus Among Us

photograph of nude woman in a feild with horses by roxanne darling

Equus Among Us

Equus Among Us

More than 10X my weight,
they could crush me.
But they too are considered prey.

So we stand together
in the morning in the meadow
unbridled and undressed
aware of each other yet
minding our own selves.

The big sky.
The big field.
All the big horses.
And little me.