Tuesday, October 25, 2016

New Workshop: Autumn Magic at Pt. Reyes

                                                           Sue Reynolds copyright 2016

I'm excited to be teaching a new photo workshop at Pt. Reyes at a wonderful beach and bluffs location.  This is one of my favorite places to photograph anytime, but especially this time of year. Experience autumn light, a short lecture and time to experience and translate the magic of this beach into your own creative vision.

Sunday, November 6th  from 1 - 5:30pm
Details and register:  http://tinyurl.com/jecbn57

Optional no-host dinner at a great Pt. Reyes Station restaurant after the workshop.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"Red Fancy Dancer" is a Gold Selection at International Exhibit

I'm excited that "Red Fancy Dancer, Arlee Celebration, Flathead Nation" -- a Native American photograph from my "Still Here" book -- will be featured as a Gold Selection in an international juried exhibit, "Photography: The Full Spectrum."
 
It opens April 28th at The North Valley Art League in Redding, CA and is up through May 30th.
Directions, hours: http://www.nval.org/Contact.php
Online gallery for this amazing exhibit coming soon!
 
 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Wow! Landscape Photography Workshop -- Seeing Anew Starts April 11th

 
N. Scott Momaday said, "I realize my humanity in proportion as I receive my reflection in the landscape that enfolds me.  It has always been so."

We are tied to our landscapes in ways we may not verbalize, yet the power of these wild places works within us.  I was taken into wild places since infancy.   Nature feels like home to me, a sanctuary that restores and calms me.   It gives me a renewed knowing of my place in the world.  

Realize your own creative vision of wild places in my "Wow! Landscape Photography" workshop.   Two Saturday afternoons into evening on April 11th and 18th.   
Details and register:   925-943-5846  or http://tinyurl.com/l5jlsuq

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Wow! Middle Earth is Right Here



 

That's how it looked yesterday as I hiked Round Valley, east of Mt. Diablo.  Then I thought about the first people who called this area home.  According to archeologists, California Indians from the west and east socialized and traded here going back thousands of years, based on several ancient sites in the valley.

If you live in or are visiting the Bay Area on Saturday April 11th and 18th, and you love landscape photography, check out my "Wow! Landscape Photography" class in Walnut Creek, CA and nearby Mt. Diablo's hidden canyons.  Walk where Bay Miwok people lived and remember:  Mt. Diablo was and is sacred ground. 

Register at 925-943-5846or http://tinyurl.com/l5jlsuq
 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Haida G’waii – Returning to the Language


Last summer I visited Haida G’waii, home of the Haida people in northwestern British Columbia.  This remote chain of islands near Alaska draws few visitors except sports fishermen and people who love silence and stunning beauty.  But there’s something else happening when I look beyond steep mountains meeting ocean.  The Haida are returning to their language. 

Language advocacy, the renewing of Native languages and thereby tribal cultures nearly extinguished by colonization, is on the rise across North America.  Visiting the Skidegate Haida Immersion Program (S.H.I.P.) for the first time, I’m an outsider struck by contrasts.  This fishing village is small and quiet; the S.H.I.P. longhouse is large and filled with the sound of spoken Haida.  Elders and a few others wear professional headphones, using mics to learn and share.  A sound mixing board sits at the far end of the room, run by a young Haida man. 

I caught Pat, pictured here, outside the longhouse taking a break before she returned to play spoken Haida bingo.


S.H.I.P. was founded in 1998 because:

Ga ḵ’aayas gina g̱ii guudang.ngaay hlkuuxiidas

 - The concern of the elders

 Ga X̱aayda Kil g̱aay idsda sing.gwa’ad gyin

 - Is that once the fluent Haida Speakers pass away

 X̱aayda Kil idsda gaagu g̱as ga

 - The Haida Language would be lost from us

 X̱aayda yahk’ii sg̱wanang giyuu id sdaahll

 - We wish to remain true Haidas always

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Still Here: First Urban Reservation Photo Book Collaboration


My new photo book collaboration with Salish Indian poet and friend Victor Charlo is the first between a white urban observer and a reservation Indian.  It launched to a standing room only crowd at PhotoCentral in Hayward, CA on Nov. 1st, along with my new exhibit premiere.  Beautiful evening!

Though Vic rarely travels outside Montana, he flew in from his home on the Flathead Reservation to read his poems from the new book, sing a Chippewa Cree song and greet the public.  I spoke about why I'm creating bridges of understanding and the Ohlone, first people to call the East Bay home, were honored.  Ohlone Indians Andrew Galvan and Vincent Medina shared a beautiful cultural presentation while folks enjoyed traditional foods including acorn loaf, pine nuts and shell fish.  All Nations' beautiful songs and drum got everyone moving in a Round Dance.

One attendee said, "Your new book and exhibit are contributing vibrantly to bring people together across cultures."  Exactly. 

As I listen to many Natives Americans, and as I document their resurrection against long odds to reclaim traditions, something new emerges.  Still Here: Not Living in Tipis moves us past stereotypes and racism to allow Native people to appear as themselves. Vic's poems of his own odyssey walking in two worlds "leave me breathless," according to one reader.

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/stillherenotlivingintipis

Buy it  http://www.blurb.com/b/4608623-still-here-not-living-in-tipis





Monday, September 30, 2013

Meet First Nations People Where You Live



One hot summer day while I sat at my Crow friends' camp during their tribe's celebration in Montana, a boy shared a painful truth.  Of mixed American Indian and white heritage, he told how hard it was to hear his schoolmates' ignorance about Native Americans.  Their racism hurt.

He asked me to get to know the First Nations people where I live, to create relationships.

I've begun.  While planning my new "Still Here" exhibition, I met with Ohlone Indians Andrew Galvan and Vincent Medina.  Their ancestors came to the Spanish missions in 1794 at Mission Dolores, San Francisco and a bit later at Mission San Jose in Fremont, CA.  Today, at Mission Dolores, Andrew is the first Indian curator at any of California's 21 missions, while his nephew Vincent is assistant curator.

Invited to take Vincent's tour of the Mission, I gained a new view of California Indians' role in the creation of these institutions.  Meeting Andy and Vincent at Mission San Jose, I learned how their Ohlone Indian family tree intertwines with Spanish, Mexican and U.S. history there, too.  Making portraits, hearing stories and reading Vincent's blog helps me understand Ohlones, the first people to call the East Bay home, firsthand.

To connect with Ohlone Indians:

2013 Ohlone Gathering, Oct. 6th from 10am -- 4:30pm at Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont, CA
"Still Here" exhibit, Nov. 1st opening reception 6-9pm at PhotoCentral, Hayward.  Andrew and Vincent will share Ohlone culture, I'll share my experiences  photographing Native American people since 2005.  Exhibit runs through Jan. 12, 2014.