Fallen Orange featured on Your Daily Photograph

For the month of November, my alma mater Brooks Institute and yourdailyphotograph.com by Duncan Miller Gallery in Los Angeles collaborated together to feature the works of students, alumni and faculty. Gallery Director Jesse Groves reached out in late October and invited me to join. On November 16th, the image Fallen Orange, 2007 from The House Remembered series was featured.

Yourdailyphotograph.com is an invaluable online resource for collectors of fine art photography. Each image is offered for sale for 24-hours or until the first collector contacts the gallery to purchase the print. Along side emerging artists, past YDP photographers featured were Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andreas Gursky, Richard Misrach, Andre Kertesz, Edward Burtynsky.

A huge thank you to writer Marianne Villanueva for inviting me to photograph her home and to collaborate with her on this series. Check out her blog: Kanlaon

Writing on my Face

I found a set of 4x5 polaroids last week while looking for pictures to post for throwback Thursday on Facebook.These were exposure tests from a portrait that Adam Booth took of me back in 1997. I didn't know what to do with these outtakes and I didn't want to throw them away. One day, something urged me to write some kind of manifesto on my washout face. So I took a black marker and began to scribble my thoughts. There are six polaroids from this set but I am only sharing one. The others were just a bit too personal.

. Stella Kalaw portrait/ ©Adam Booth

Stella Kalaw portrait/©Adam Booth


Montecito Campus
©Brooks Institute

After 62 years, the Montecito campus will close its doors at the end of June. I received an email announcement yesterday and felt nostalgic last night.

The drive was always beautiful from Alameda Padre Sierra to Alston Road. I remember the clear blue sky, seeing the ocean at a distance and feeling the warmth of the sun as I shuttled between campuses on my gray hatchback Tercel.

I was there first thing in the morning to print my assignments in the darkroom. The place was always quiet and peaceful. The mounting room was relatively empty. I could spread out and work without intrusion.

I loved sitting on the benches at the back of the campus to enjoy the vista. Once, while I was in my instructor's office, we saw a deer trotting across the lawn. It sounds like a dream as I write it now but I know it happened. We both witnessed it.

The campus had charm and character. It was an estate built in the 1920's. Occasionally, I would drive up to the main entrance and circle the rotunda to admire the facade. Even after graduation, I make it a point to do this when I am in town.

I had fond memories there.

It is sad to know that the gates will permanently close the next time I am in Santa Barbara.