Category Archives: Color

Fish Out of Water in the Month of Photography

Have you ever felt like a fish out of water?

This is “Yipes!” from my “Sometimes I Feel Like A Fish Out of Water” Series.  It is a featured photograph at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Arts, downtown Denver for the Month of Photography Denver 2015.

It’s part of a split exhibition called, “It’s Personal” the ASMP Colorado portion of the overall exhibition, “From Dead Serious to Great Fun” which is running from January 22-March 29, 2015.


Yipes! ©Diane Huntress 2011

This archival pigment Artist’s Proof print in this exhibition is printed by Infinite Editions and framed by famed wood artist, Randolph Laub, to 28″x37″.

My Objet’s d’art are black & white checkerboard cubes or fish props that are tossed into a landscape by an assistant and captured in a single exposure in camera.   No photoshop was used to create a composite.  This series is has been a conceptual series of mine for 20 years and is ONGOING.  I’m recently rworking with PhotoEye in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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What is a valentine?

A proverb says that “Saint Valentine brings the keys of roots”. Plants and flowers start to grow on this day. It has been celebrated as the day when the first work in the vineyards and in the fields commences. It is also said that birds propose to each other or marry on that day.

In Santa Fe, New Mexico today it’s quite warm and Spring like. Birds could be proposing. There are origins of “Valentine” going back to the Middle Ages.
Onward. Then in the 14th century Chaucer’s writing about love birds appealed to people.

This heart was created in the 1960’s by Alexander Girard, donor of his fine collection of folk art. He was Design Director of the Textile Division of Herman Miller, Inc. and his fabrics are notable for their expansive use of color and pattern. I found it at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe.

Text multiple languages red heart

This “Love Heart” was created in the 1960’s by Alexander Girard, donor of his fine collection of folk art.

“Happy Valentine’s Day” today to my clients, colleagues and friends.

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High desert sunset scout

Sargent, the dog, one of our hosts while staying in the high desert just west of Santa Fe, New Mexico, guides us through this landscape during the magic time of day.

Ricoh Pentax sent me a fun camera to play with and test, the GR.  It was the go-to camera for capturing the moment on this trek.  The quality is great in a small, rugged container.

sunset Santa Fe desert

Santa Fe high desert scout with Sargent, the dog.

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Colorful Public Art commissioned by Ceretto in Italy

colorful, public art in Barolo Vineyard

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Spectacular patio in Montenegro

Red tile roofs walled village Montenegro

View of the walled city of Kotor, Montenegro from Mt. St. John.

You can see the large, sunny patio of Dojmi Bar Restaurant at the upper left in this image.  What a great position it has just up against the wall of 8th-15th century fortified Kotor, Montenegro.

I captured this photo while descending from the top of Mt. St. John, the incredible rocky backdrop of Kotor, Montenegro on a gorgeous day.  I wanted to illustrate the multi dimensional aspect and placement of this contemporary establishment.

And, it has nothing to do with the fridge magnet they gave me on the International Day of Women.





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Wishes for sunny days ahead for Croatia

It was the dark of Winter.  I would need the time to do new images, read the latest book on Lightroom 4 by Seth Resnick, create one new website and 2 new portfolios for the upcoming work in the Piedmont Region of Italy.

Split, Croatia Caffe Luxor.  Many visits during January and March-April 2013 to “Review the situation”  ended April 14th on a typically sunny Mediterranean day in Dalmatia. Coffee was part of the culture.  And, it’s fine cappuccino with just the right amount of hot expresso and tight, luxurious amounts of foam.  Then I could see this image.

People enjoy coffee in the sunshine of  the Diocletian Palace

People enjoy coffee in the sunshine of the Diocletian’s Palace and Luxor Caffe in Split, Croatia

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Alert! Bunnies unite.

Cute Easter candy bunnies - sinister?

Alert! Bunnies Unite. by Diane Huntress

  • After Halloween, Easter is the biggest candy consuming holiday.


  • About 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies and 16 billion jelly beans are produced for Easter each year.  The favorite jelly bean?  Red.


  • Rabbits are the ancient symbol of fertility and new life.


  • Rabbits aren’t doing all the work!  In Switzerland the cuckoo delivers the Easter eggs and in Germany kids wait for a fox, chick, rooster or stork.


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Old Stones and Modern Life in Dubrovnik

color dusk photo inside Dubrovnik, Croatia walls

Dusk Tintype style photo inside Dubrovnik walls

Dubrovnik is about steps, walking and old stones from limestone.  The light colored stones add to the luminous quality of the magic hour.

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On location with iphone

Man with umbrella and palm trees after rain.

Split, Croatia ©Diane Huntress 2013 All Rights Reserved

Landscape:  Riva, Split, Croatia.  There’s nothing like a little Adriatic downpour on creamy polished pavement to create a cool, blue composition.  Light. Stone. Sea.

More to follow~



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Luci D’Artista 2012 in Turin, Italy

Light Art Installation by Valerio Berruti in Turin, Italy

New Luci D’Artista 2012 work by Valerio Berruti in Turin, Italy.


Our new writer friend, Vincenzo Redo of Turin, says, “Turin is a magical place.”  He knows what he’s talking  about.

It was such a pleasure to meet with the great people in the Arts & Culture office of Turin last week.  They were very helpful to me as we created the LoDoLights project in 2007 to completion of the first public-private collaboration contemporary light art installation in Denver on March , 2009.  Turin is celebrating their 15th year of Luci D’Artista with 19 installations during November and December 2012.

Turin, the capital of the Region of Piedmont and contemporary art in Italy will be included in my book project, Picture Italia.

Available for assignment on the road in Italy….

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