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Gold winner from Photoshelter

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I just wanted to make an official blog post to recognize my being named a Gold winner in Photoshelters Jump Start your Photography Business contest. It is a really nice honor, being selected out of a field of over 2000 entries from all genres of photography. Big thanks the good people over at Photoshelter, who host both of my portfolio & archive websites. They are constantly making updates and producing great free educational materials. (Here is a link you can use if you want to give them a try) Photoshelter also started a great community on Google+ for everyone who entered the contest where people can share ideas and experiences.

I also want to thank the sponsors Calumet Photographic and American Society of Media Photographers (an organization I’ve been wanting to join for years now) and everyone who has supported me. Being an independent photographer is really difficult, but the encouragement from everyone really helps me find the strength to keep going.

 

RIP Gertrude Zachary

Gertrude Zachary spent her life collecting antiques and designing jewelry. Now she's living in her dream home in downtown Albuquerque...CREDIT: Steven St. John for The Wall Street Journal (Steven St. John)

My friend Dan Mayfield is reporting that Gertrude Zachary has died. I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph her and her downtown Albuquerque castle for the Wall Street Journal, and Yahoo picked the images up, making it one of the most widely seen shoots I’ve ever had. Gertrude and I stayed in contact after the shoot and I gave her some prints for her collection. My thoughts are with her family. To see more from my time inside the castle, visit my archive:

http://sstjohn.photoshelter.com/gallery/Gertrude-Zacharys-downtown-castle/G0000qkzqE0lAVNk/

 

Instagram portrait for AARP

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Recently I had my first assignment for AARP Bulletin, a publication I really respect because they have been working with some wonderful photographers and producing interesting and innovative journalism under the thoughtful direction of picture editor Michael Wichita. For this particular shoot, AARP was having one photographer in each state make a portrait of a subject and then ask them a few questions about the economy. The catch was it had to be done with my phone and processed using Instagram. Like I said, interesting and innovative. I was cool to be included along with a number of my photo friends and acquaintances, but I think my favorite photo from the series (so far) was composed by Ian C. Bates, a student at Ohio University. I can’t get a direct link to that picture, so you’ll just have to follow the whole project on Twitter  or on Instagram.

Finally, big thanks to my subject Daniel Espalin for taking the time to talk with me and allowing me to photograph him as a winter storm rolled into town.

 

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro

Snow shovel racing in Angel Fire New Mexico on Feb. 11, 2012. (Steven St John)

Snow shovel racing in Angel Fire New Mexico on Feb. 11, 2012. (Steven St John)

Snow shovel racing in Angel Fire New Mexico on Feb. 11, 2012. (Steven St John)

Snow shovel racing in Angel Fire New Mexico on Feb. 11, 2012. (Steven St John)

Snow shovel racing in Angel Fire New Mexico on Feb. 11, 2012. (Steven St John)

Snow shovel racing in Angel Fire New Mexico on Feb. 11, 2012. (Steven St. John)

Snow shovel racing in Angel Fire New Mexico on Feb. 11, 2012. (Steven St John)

Snow shovel racing in Angel Fire New Mexico on Feb. 11, 2012. (Steven St John)

Snow shovel racing in Angel Fire New Mexico on Feb. 11, 2012. (Steven St John)

Snow shovel racing in Angel Fire New Mexico on Feb. 11, 2012. (Steven St John)

What can I say about people who race down a mountain at over 70 MPH on only a shovel that hasn’t already been said? It’s insane, and I mean that in the best possible way.

I didn’t hesitate for even a second when the opportunity came up to jump in my car at 4 am on a Saturday and drive to Angel Fire with the king of weird sport photography Sol Neelman.  Sol’s energy is infectious, and his book Weird Sports is due to hit the shelves here in the USA in June. I already have my copy and it is wonderful, one of the few photo books I own that I can show to anyone and they all love it. You should buy it too.

I’ll have more from the breaking bad tour of Burque with Sol & Jakob in a future post.

 

Today (10-23-11) in The Albuquerque Journal

If you are in New Mexico and have a chance, pick up today’s Albuquerque Journal which has a feature story about my exhibition at  Instituto Cervantes. This is the main reason I’ve been such a slacker about posting work on this blog, and I’ll try to do better in the coming months. Hope to see anyone reading this at the opening for the show!

Opening exhibit on Friday 28th, 5pm-7pm at the Pete V. Domenici Education Center, National Hispanic Cultural Center, located at 1701 4th Street SW (4th Street and Avenida César Chávez).