Friday, October 21, 2016

Not So Stormy Weather

Last night Birmingham had high hopes that we would finally get some much needed rain. We are in the throes of a drought and the clouds looked like they might give up some rain.......but not. All was not lost because English Village was geared up for a fun night of open houses, jazz on the street and a parade put on by Carole Griffin and her creative group from Continental Bakery and Chez Lulu. It was a great night to be out and about!

Men at Work!

I'd like to take this time to salute the hard working Brasfield and Gorrie crew who have worked tirelessly on the renovation of the Pizitz Building. They work in the cold and Lord knows the summer heat here in Birmingham,. I have visited their construction site photographing since last February and without fail, they were always friendly, polite and allowed me to do my thing. These are the guys that show up day in and day out and are bringing this lovely old building back to life. As a proud wearer of a Brasfield and Gorrie hard hat, I tip mine to all of them!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

For My Birmingham Area Friends!

I am so pleased to be exhibiting my Pizitz Building Series for the first time. Many of these images will be hanging in the soon to be completed renovation of the historic Pizitz Department Store Building downtown. I hope you will stop by and bring a friend!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Historical Abstracts - The Pizitz Building

I confess, this was my favorite stairwell in the entire Pizitz Building. I have no idea how the fabulous color and dark spots came to be, but I'm grateful. I shot this through the railing spindles. Thank you Tom Walker for holding up the awful orange construction extension cord every single time, so I could capture this wonderful wall.

I will be exhibiting my Pizitz prints on Thursday, November 3 from 4:30 - 7:30 at The Henhouse Antiques in English Village. I hope you will stop by, have a look, and say hello!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Pizitz Building Series - Shadows

 Long shadows on a wall, soon to be pristine. I"m grateful for the opportunity to capture the old before the new in this 93 year old treasure.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Historical Abstracts

Since last February, I have been photographing the historic 93 year old Pizitz Department Store building in downtown Birmingham. While of course the architectural details caught my eye, I was drawn to what appeared to be abstract paintings in the stairwells, walls and ceilings throughout the building. This collection I've named Historical Abstracts. I am thrilled to announce that 62 of my abstracts and architectural details will be installed in the common areas of the 6 floors of  apartments as well as the lobby. A very special thank you to Bayer Property's project manager, Tom Walker and Wisznia's architect Jules Lagarde for allowing me access to the building, supporting my work and for selecting my photographs for the beautiful renovation due to open December, 2016.

On Thursday, November 3, I will show my Pizitz Series at the Henhouse Antiques in English Village from 4:30-7:30. I will be joined by Birmingham artist Carrie Pittman with delicious tastings by caterer Vaughan McGeehee. I hope you will stop by!

Friday, October 7, 2016


This past week, I had to privilege to photograph at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church. I'd been once before and was looking forward to the afternoon light streaming in through the bank of windows at the front of the church. These contemporary windows casting shadows on the slatted ceiling of the narthex took my breath.

Today, I share this post with James' Weekend Reflections right HERE!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Fall in the Gardens

Yes, it gets really hot a humid here in the summer but you can't beat the rest of the year in Birmingham. Taken just a week ago, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens was still lush , despite no rain, and gorgeous at the end of September!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Open Door

Thanks to a partnership with JCCEO, Jefferson State Community College, The Literacy Council of Central Alabama, and Independent Presbyterian Church, the former Kingston Elementary School is opening its doors for English Second Language and GED classes with child care provided. Today marked the open house and I stopped in to have a look around. What a wonderful facility for learning and success. I'll go back in the coming weeks to photograph the ESL classes in progress!

If you would love to get involved, contact The Literacy Council for volunteer opportunities!

Shhhh, GED students hard at work

Friday, September 23, 2016


Saying goodbye for another season. Not many more pickups loaded with these big green stripey guys!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mushrooms on a Log

These beauties were spotted at the Pepper Place Market a few weeks ago. I'm heading to Grandview Farms in Montevallo very soon to see all of their offerings.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Four Spirits

The Four Spirits, honoring the memory of Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley was created by Birmingham native Elizabeth MacQueen. It stands in Kelly Ingram Park, across the street from the 16th Street Baptist Church where they died on September 15, 1963. The bomb that took their lives was planted at the church by four Ku Klux Klan members. Next to the church stands a peace pole that reads, "Let there be peace on earth." Indeed.

Love Your Drawers!

The Homewood Antique Mall on Oxmoor Road in Edgewood, is  a treasure trove of great antique finds and photo ops!