Drop by the Kalamazoo State Theater to see some of my prints of the theater itself. Tonight they celebrate 90 years with all kinds of music, food & festivities!Read More
I was recently approached by French photographer and exhibition organizer Jean Maciera Marie asking if I would like to participate in an exhibition in Saint-Christoly-de-Blaye France. The were presenting ten American photographers...The theme being AMERICA THROUGH THE EYES OF AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHERS.
Our friend Sylvia connected me to Jean Marie in France and to a portfolio of my photographs of the Women's March on Washington DC, New Orleans, Alaska, Florida, Denver Pride, iPhone images of Route 66 and other images from my travels around the United States. He was thrilled with the content and asked me to participate in the exhibition. In the end he chose 70 of my images for the exhibition.
The images were displayed in an outdoor venue on large projection screens over two evenings...I wish I could have been there to actually see it! I was honored to be asked to participate, especially during these strained political times and the challenges to the rights of minority groups.
Below is part of the newspaper article and the translation as well as a selection of the images they used. I feel grateful and honored to be an American Photographer chosen to present on an international field. Thank you, Jean Marie & Sylvia, for the opportunity! For me to see my name associated with documenting rights for women and homosexuals is something that I could never have imagined. In a few days we are headed to D.C. again for the LGBTQ march on Washington...this time we have press passes! WHOOOOHOOO!
Left is one page of the article about the exhibition and below my best google translation attempt.
PARADES & MANIFESTATIONS (DEMONSTRATIONS)
Each has selected five shots that summarize their vision of this country that is both fascinating and disturbing. In order to have a look, an American photographer of Kalamazoo, Brian K Powers, also presented his vision of his country. 70 of his photos are projected on a loop in the room Vox. It tackles different themes and landscapes but also traditional parades and demonstrations for the rights of women and homosexuals.
A FEW OF THE IMAGES FROM THE EXHIBITION
I met Shannon and her beautiful family when I was hired by Bronson Hospital to take photographs for a Mammography Awareness campaign. She and four other beautiful women were chosen by Bronson to be the faces of the campaign, which ended up on billboards and informational material around southwest Michigan. The Bronson shoot was really wonderful, not only because I captured beautiful images, but also because I was able to meet a group of five amazing women.Read More
Tenille walked into my studio smiling and ready for her headshot shoot. After chatting a minute she told me that she was from North Carolina. She was stunning, a kind spirit and had an amazing energy. She definitely exuded that southern charm. Tenille is a dance student at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. One of the first things Tenille showed me was this beautiful little satin rose and feather headband that she purchased in a thrift shop down south. She politely asked if I could use it in the shoot. I loved it! It was perfect, and in fact was just like the 'fascinators' my professional portrait photographer mentor Sue Bryce . She uses fascinators, headbands, scarves and any other accessory ion the most creative ways imaginable. So. I immediately said "let's use it as a choker!' and we were off. Here a few beautiful shots from the session.Read More
April's issue of ENCORE magazine has some really interesting shoots in them. Below are some of the stories in this month's issue. I loved the shoots at the Portage Library with the women from the book donations and talking to Steve Rossio about the civil war letter they found in a donated book...as well as a book donated that was signed by Charles Lindberg. It was also interesting to tour the Cheff Terapeutic Riding Center with Tarar East. Take a look at this month issue!Read More
I love to try new things with my high school seniors. As a portrait and High School senior photographer in southwest Michigan, the search for beautiful shoot locations is easy. But I'm always willing to try anything that might be different and unique. Tucker asked if I could incorporate his guitar in his senior portrait session. That in itself was nothing new, but when we starting our consult he mentioned he had a ukulele, and electric guitar and an acoustic guitar and couldn't decide which he liked more or wanted to be in his portrait. This was my chance..."let's do all three!" Tucker was definitely into it, but I could see he was skeptical by the look on his face. My sentiment was what did we have to lose?Read More
In the past couple weeks, I've been posting my images of the beautiful students from the WMU dance program dancers Cayla, Olivia, and Sam. It's been a lot of fun and I have learned so much. I have been lucky enough to find dance student Cayla (in the beautiful princess dress) and her boyfriend Nate, who are into AND great at shooting video. They did a wonderful job at putting together this sweet promo video for me. The black dress and the princess dress is from Memories Bridal & Evening Wear located in downtown Kalamazoo...em but I am responsible for the Tulle...sorry!Read More
Samantha is another wonderful dance student from the WMU dance department. Memories Bridal & Evening Wear provided the amazing "Little Black Dress". I first photographed Sam for an ENCORE Magazine article about their 20th Anniversary Winter Gala. I've included images from their rehearsal for the gala. Sam was covered in a white parachute dress dancing dramatically to the classic musical piece Flight of the Valkyries. It was truly beautiful and it was only a rehearsal. Months later, I am with Sam in the studio with this amazing little black dress with side cutouts. The session was short but fruitful. I love the these images of Sam and her intense and easy connection to my camera.Read More
Last month I had the opportunity again to photograph the incredible Cinderella Project event in Kalamazoo. This is the third year that I have volunteered to provide photos for this wonderful event. Here are a few of the images...the color, the joy and the energy at this event is really beautiful. Adrienne from Memories Bridal and Evening Wear gives her all to make sure every young woman that needs a prom dress is given the attention and options to get just the one!Read More
ENCORE magazine photographer Brian K. Powers and an article on Nashon Holloway.Read More
OLIVIA-Working with Olivia was really wonderful. She is another dance student from the amazing WMU dance departmentRead More
Come and join me for the March 3rd Art hop in Kalamazoo. I am excited to be showing images from my trip to the WOMEN'S MARCH ON WASHINGTON in my studio in the Park Trades Center, 326 West Kalamazoo Ave, Studio 402 from 5-9PM.Read More
CAYLA-Through my work with ENCORE magazine, I have had the pleasure of working with some of the dancers from the WMU dance program. My first shoot was with Cayla, a wonderful senior that originates from the area.Read More
I am beyond grateful that I had the privilege of attending the Women's March on Washington this last weekend. It was truly life changing and unbelievably enriching to my soul. The faces and community of the people that marched can not be described. Here are a few of the images I was able to capture...I am forever changed for having attended. Photos by Brian K. Powers Photography BrianKPowers.com
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