I still haven’t posted all those photos – Hurricane Matthew and then life got in the way – but I have just made the most spectacular photo (above) and an additional shot available in my online photo gallery for print orders. Both are available in various formats, including canvas, metal and fine art prints.
I have a lot of interests. Storm chasing is high on the list. So are writing and photography. And one of the subjects I get to pursue as a photographer living on Florida’s Space Coast has to do with the sky, but not so much to do with storms: launch photography.You can catch some of my launch photos in a show opening at Rocket City Retro this weekend. The reception starts at 7 p.m. Saturday night at this mid-century-modern furniture and design hub in Cocoa, Florida. You’ll also see a whimsical piece, with a silver finish on aluminum, that I call “We Will Use You For Parts” (above). The toys come from my collection of wind-ups.
And it’s not all about me! Several fantastic artists are featured at the event. (See the details at Brevard Culture.)
I have some old launch photos on my quaintly HTML Sky Diary storm chasing site, but this show will feature some newer ones, including “Spaceport U.S.A.,” shot at Port Canaveral and presented on aluminum. I’m a freelancer now, but I covered space for about four years for Florida Today, and I still get jazzed about a launch.
Come on out to the show and say hi! If you can’t make the party Saturday, the art will hang through the end of April.
What: “Rockets and Robots” art show opening
Where: Rocket City Retro, 116 Forrest Ave., Cocoa, Florida
When: 7-10 p.m. Saturday, March 19
Bonus: Cash bar with craft cocktails by the Straw Hat Barmen
Did you visit Art of Sand this year? The festival ended today, amid beautiful weather. The sand sculptures will meet their end, soon, making the fest a real moment in time – if you weren’t there, you can’t re-create the experience. But I did capture a lot of it on video, and I’ll be posting at least a couple more videos in the next several days.
In the meantime, if you didn’t get a chance to scan all the QR codes and want to see the interviews with the sculptors – or videos like the corporate challenge time-lapse, below – you can check them out on the Art of Sand playlist on YouTube.
If you love art, music, clockwork, steampunk … you must see these beautiful “bird pistols” recently auctioned at Christies. They are strange and elegant and silly objects of gems, gold, enamel and elaborate mechanisms, the epitome of beauty for its own sake. Attributed to Frères Rochat, they sold for $5.8 million. (Thanks to George Wilson for the link.)