Black History Feature: Gordon Parks

2.25.19 I wanted to turn Creative Close-Up into something different for February. It’s the last week of February and yes it’s still Black History Month. The late Gordon Parks is our focus for Black History Feature. Photographer, musician, writer, and film director, he was well known for documentary photojournalism.  A few facts on Parks: Was the first African American to produce and direct major motion pictures—developing films relating the experience of slaves and struggling black Americans, and creating the “blaxploitation” genre. Worked on a federal government project which focused on poor Americans during the 1940s, for his photographic essays for … Continue reading Black History Feature: Gordon Parks

Where To…Tampa Bay, Florida

2.23.19 Hey there and hello Tampa Bay! What can you do in Tampa? Well, take a look for yourself… TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART From the museum’s website: The Tampa Museum of Art opened its award-winning new building in 2010 with a commitment to provide innovative public programs with a focus on ancient, modern, and contemporary art. The Museum balances a growing collection, including one of the largest Greek and Roman antiquities collections in the southeastern United States, with a dynamic annual schedule of special exhibitions. The region’s largest institution devoted to the art of our time, the Museum has fostered … Continue reading Where To…Tampa Bay, Florida

Shadow Spotlight: Michael W. Thomas

2.18.19 Hey everyone! A new week has arrived and I have someone I like you to meet. His name is Micheal W. Thomas, a friend of the family and a really good photographer and February’s Shadow Spotlight. Here I’ve talked with Mr. Thomas about his love of photography… Can you recall a time when you first held a camera? As a youth probably my sister’s Brownie camera, my dad was reluctant to let me handle his. When did you know you wanted to be a photographer? I had an interest when I was young, my dad bought me a camera … Continue reading Shadow Spotlight: Michael W. Thomas