Workshop Added in British Columbia

We are very excited to announce that Joni was asked to hold a week long, hands-on portraiture workshop at a beautiful international arts school on Victoria Island, British Columbia.

Metchosin International Summer School For The Arts takes place on the campus of Lester B. Pearson College, one of the famous United World Colleges. The college is set in an area of extraordinary beauty on a wooded hillside of the Pedder Bay Inlet. Although somewhat isolated, this special environment is conducive to creativity and to the intense development of the arts.


City Club Exhibit

Here is a shot of Portland’s City Club exhibit of wall size portraits from India, Madagascar and Nepal.  The exhibit was up for four months and created quite a stir!  Here is one email that I received:

Hi Joni,

This is Seanna,  from Portland State (Capstones). I just wanted to let you know that JoAnn, a Capstone faculty member and I went down to the City Cub to view your work on Monday. We were both completely blown away by the power of the photographs. It amazed us how emotional the photographs are. We both felt like we could feel the strength and pride of one of the women photographed, we smiled observing the impishness of a grin of someone in the background of another…The quality of the photos are outstanding. We both commented on the TEXTURE of the photos.The photos of the women with head coverings just “felt” like the images were super-imposed onto fabric instead of paper due to the rich texture within the photo. Really, we were just in awe!

Many thanks to Pro Photo Supply for printing the images, and to Lloyd Lemmermann for taking these interior photos.


Children’s Cancer Association Images

I am continuing to create images for families who are involved with the Children’s Cancer Association.  Next up: shooting the 2009 Hero Wall, which is comprised of 25 portraits of medically fragile children.  The Hero Wall travels all around the area to various corporations (yes, you can sponsor the Hero Wall!) and then permanently resides at the CCA office.

This year’s Hero Wall will be unveiled on September 13 at Noon in front of Portland’s World Trade Center.  Many thanks to Pro Photo Supply for generously donating post processing and large format printing of the images, and to many people who assist with the shoots.




Lunaria Invitational Show

Cathy Cheney from the Portland Business Journal invited me to join an art show that opens this week in the Silverton gallery, Lunaria.  She went to great lengths to ensure that I was able to participate while I was away in the DR Congo:  coming to my studio to select an image, picking it up at Pro Photo Supply after it was printed, and getting it framed and ready for the show.  Thank you, Cathy!

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Nepal Image Gets Photo of the Year Award


I was half groggy from jetlag after returning from the Congo when I got the text message from friend Jay that my photo of a Nepalese woman had won the “Photo of the Year” award in the professional cateogory last weekend.  Jay was at the gala at Weiden + Kennedy, and he wondered if I was in the crowd, but I was home in my jams wondering if I should ever travel again.  Such a great surprise after a grueling week, one which left me running away from a potential clash between rebel forces in the DRC.  Maybe I should keep at it?

Here is the contest link:

Photo of the Year

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