FocalDreams: Blog en-us (C) FocalDreams (FocalDreams) Sat, 04 Dec 2021 02:15:00 GMT Sat, 04 Dec 2021 02:15:00 GMT FocalDreams: Blog 120 80 December 12 Zoom Book Discussion - Surviving the Cult of Scientology I’ll be having a discussion on my book The Thunderstorms of Eden - available on Amazon - on Zoom December 12th at 10:00. a.m. For those that follow Leah Remini’s “Scientology and the Aftermath” series (Scientology being my downfall), and also NXVIM on Netflix, you will be interested in this discussion. Cults have very specific characteristics and for children causes unique and devastating long-term trauma.

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The Thunderstorms of Eden: The odyssey of a second-generation cult survivor and her recovery from child abuse


(FocalDreams) #cults #focaldreams #leahremini #scientology #scientologyandtheaftermath Thu, 26 Nov 2020 20:01:01 GMT
Japan in Infrared My Infrared series from Japan - using the Adobe Spark products to make shorts that can be uploaded to Instagram and Facebook.  It's a great way to get my work portfolios onto Social Media sites.  


(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #infrared #japan #kyoto #pdxphotography #photography Sun, 28 Jun 2020 19:35:19 GMT
Black Lives Are Beautiful - Black Lives Matter

Over the years I've had the privilege of photographing these lovely women. One got published in National Geographic for a National Women's Day #portraitsofstrength editorial. Another is in the Regional Arts & Culture Council's permanent collection celebrating diversity. I have found such profound beauty, grit, resilience and sisterhood here - I am truly fortunate to know them. #blacklivesarebeautiful #blacklivesmatter

Black Lives Are BeautifulBlack Lives Matter

(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #nationalgeographic #pdxphotography #portraitsofstrength black lives matter Sun, 07 Jun 2020 20:28:08 GMT
PoetPhotography Reflecting the Times A pandemic, the senseless killing of innocent black people, upheavals and lock downs.  My thoughts, expressions, venting. 


Insurrection Pandemics aren't just about viruses

(FocalDreams) #coronavirus #focaldreams #pandemic #pdxphotography #poetphotography Sat, 06 Jun 2020 19:16:32 GMT
Celebrating 60 years during a global pandemic I turn 60 today - in an isolated yet virtual world of a global pandemic. Because of the self isolation I’ve had more time to pull together a slideshow which was no small feat; my father was handy with a camera and I of course sport a professional classification. I’ve managed to curate hundreds of photographs, arduously scanning and collating from thousands of images to convey my life up until this point. It was a bit daunting but I managed to come up with something cohesive. Turns out that was the easy part. The hard part is the missing: There’s little evidence of my existence from 1974-1979 when I was child slave labor for a cult, no graduations to celebrate, and the sadness I felt pulling together that segment was compounded by the loss of so many loved ones, including close friends and colleagues that were dear to me.

Encapsulating my journey into an eight-minute video put many things into perspective including my philanthropy and coming to know so many remarkable people who have beat the odds and achieved the American Dream. Working for a substance abuse center has heightened my awareness on the challenges that young people face today: When I walk the hallways of our youth facility and encounter the kids in recovery, I know my life could have taken a very different trajectory: Most aren’t there because of a genetic condition - they are there because of child abuse. In my case, travel and photography beame my drug of choice. My challenging past is helping to advance the conversation on the devastating effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences, an insidious pandemic that coats the dark underbelly of modern society. I have lived it, my cohort has lived it: We do not wish the same fate on anyone else, and those who have not experienced this sort of abuse sometimes find it hard to fathom, which is why it’s important to keep building awareness. You never fully recover - you cope.

I have come far despite my handicaps for which I am grateful, I am also thankful I have the capabilities to tell my story. With so many at home looking for a distraction hopefully my video will give you some pause. It’s not all melancholy - because….. tramps like us, baby we were born to run!

Celebrating 60 years during a global pandemic

(FocalDreams) #africa #art #babyboomer #cambodia #focaldreams #keepportlandweird #mentalhealth #nationalgeographic #oregon #pdxphotography #photography #travel Sun, 26 Apr 2020 16:46:43 GMT
Italy & Sicily Infrared Series Infrared work from recent trip to Italy & Sicily.  

Infrared Gallery

Selinunte, Sicily #1Selinunte, Sicily #1


(FocalDreams) concordia Digital infrared italy pdxart pdxphotography photography ruins selinunte sicily valley of Temples Thu, 30 Jan 2020 20:30:00 GMT
Italy Video is now live!  

A digital video album chronicling our adventures through Italy and Sicily.  


A journey through the ruins of Italy and Sicily

(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #pdxart #pdxphotography #photography photography Wed, 01 Jan 2020 20:29:03 GMT
Pearl Harbor Day - remembering my father The Spirits are Calling - Pearl Harbor Day. Today is the 78th anniversary of the day that will "live in infamy." Events could have turned out very differently for so many of us. I have been scanning my father's letters he wrote while serving on the USS Enterprise and W. Virginia. This event is part of my DNA now and the pictures and letters keep calling out to me. I will be visiting Pearl Harbor in April and am making plans for a commemoration in his memory, hopefully where the Enterprise or W. Virginia were berthed. I am grateful to have so much history in my possession and will endeavor to keep this history alive. #pearlharbor #wewillneverforget #WWII # missyou #USSEnterpriseCV6

(FocalDreams) #wewillneverforget #oregon #pdxphotography #pearlharbor #portland #usnavy #USSEnterpriseCV6 #veteran #WWII missyou Sat, 07 Dec 2019 19:08:56 GMT
Senior photoshoot from last weekend in Cathedral Park   Weather held out and we had a great time - including some of the great graffiti down by the Superfund area!




(FocalDreams) #cathedralpark #focaldreams #graffiti #oregon #pdx #pdxphotography #photography #seniorphotoshoot Sat, 16 Nov 2019 19:24:23 GMT
Selling prints at Magical Night in Cambodia - October 5  


The event will be in Vancouver with fabulous food and entertainment by Apsara dancers.  This is a great event that survivors of the Cambodia Genocide sponsor to help rebuild their homeland by building sustainable schools.  


Magical Night in Cambodia


Monk - Angkor Wat, CambodiaMonk - Angkor Wat, Cambodia

(FocalDreams) Sun, 29 Sep 2019 18:07:47 GMT
Low tide at Cannon Beach Rare low tide Cannon Beach.  Perfect weather on the Oregon Coast!



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RollingStone Magazine - The Children of Scientology  

Happy 4th of July!!!

Kicking of this post with the RollingStone article from our meet up in September!  I describe this event in my memoir, though I can't show pictures or refer to many of the names due potential retaliation by the Church of Scientology against some of the members.  






We endeavor to educate the general public on the dangers of cults - especially to children.  In a recent lawsuit filed against the Scientology by notable litigators (who put Bill Cosby behind bars), Marci Hamilton notes: 


"The Internal Revenue Service recognizes Scientology as a tax-exempt religion, a status it won in 1993 after years of litigation. But another of Jane Doe's attorneys, Marci Hamilton, academic director of Child USA, a nonprofit children's advocacy group, argued that religious liberty defenses don't apply in this case.

Church members "have the right to believe anything they want," Hamilton said. "But they cannot do whatever they want. This lawsuit continues the important work of the #MeToo era to bring institutions and individuals to account for child abuse, trafficking and neglect."


You can read more of our stories at the Children of Scientology website (including my book of course - under the pen name Sandra Kay).  


(FocalDreams) #childabuse #childrenofscientology #cult #focaldreams #metoo #rollingstonemagazine #scientology Thu, 04 Jul 2019 17:20:58 GMT
Adding Digital Photo Albums to my services  

Have you ever wanted to encapsulate that great vacation, or even that wedding - all your video and photographs in one place?  For $75.00 we can make a lasting digital album (maximum of ten minutes) that you can load to YouTube and share with friends and family. What a great way to create enduring memories in the cloud!


Here are a few samples to give a taste of how you can make your adventures an enduring memory.



Subscribe to my YouTube channel for more content and email me at for more details!

(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #pdx #pdxart #pdxphotography #photography Thu, 09 May 2019 18:05:22 GMT
My odyssey through Japan - Tokyo Kyoto and Godzilla  

Here is my video on Japan with my adventures through the cityscapes of Tokyo and Kyoto.  Geishas, bullet trains, temples, sushi, ryokans, and pop culture.  A fabulous study on beauty and efficiency.  I sorely miss the crush of humanity juxtaposed by the zen experience of some of the most fabulous temples in creation. 


Godzilla and ZenGodzilla and ZenGoing Zen with Godzilla - Tokyo



(FocalDreams) #godzilla #japan #kyoto #tokyo arashiyama focaldreams geisha godzilla kimono pdxphotography photography ryokan samurai Sat, 02 Mar 2019 20:12:13 GMT
Memoir is a #1 New Release on Amazon!  

Made #1 New Release on Amazon!!

Also a good time to check out my YouTube Channel.

After five years in the making I'm finally launching my memoir. While my odyssey does relate to photography, it also covers my travels and more importantly my recovery as a second-generation cult survivor:  Meaning I was forced into a cult, in this case the Church of Scientology, by my mother while I was a teenager.  Much has been in the news about the "church" and I am now an advocate to build awareness on childhood trauma and the long-term effects in the hopes others will not suffer the same fate.  My book is available through this link to Amazon where you can order the Kindle and paperback version.  Happy New Year to everyone who follows me and looking forward to a fabulous 2019!

Shout out to Photo.Galluzzo for the cover art. 




(FocalDreams) #cults #photography #Scientology #Scientologytheaftermath abuse child Cults leah Remini Scientology trauma Thu, 21 Feb 2019 21:00:00 GMT
Otagi Nenbutsu Temple, Kyoto, Japan Home of 1200 Rakan statues - a stunning display greets you in one of the most beautiful old neighborhoods in Kyoto.  Rarely visited, this temple envelopes you in a superb zen-like experience, especially in the fall when the autumnal breeze rejuvenates your spirit as crimson leaves swirl to your feet.  I visited twice, mingling with the spirits, taking away a greater understanding of Shinto. 


Otagi Nenbutsu Temple - KyotoOtagi Nenbutsu Temple - KyotoStunning temple with over 1200 Rakan statues. One of my favorite places on this planet.


Additional images are also in my Infrared studies gallery.  







(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #japan #kyoto #otagi-nenbutsu #pdxphotography #rakan Sat, 16 Feb 2019 01:47:19 GMT
Something Lost Behind the Ranges - a Photographer's Journey My recently released memoir takes the reader through my odyssey as a second-generation cult survivor that includes my expeditions to Guyana, India and Nepal.  In Nepal we were studying that largest recorded Asian elephant known as Raja Gaj.  Experts from the London University pursued studies thinking maybe some of these elephants in Southwest Nepal were throwbacks to the wholly mammoth.  Exciting times!  My gallery takes you through that adventure.  Shot in Kodak and Ilford films.  Something Lost Behind the Ranges.  


Mahout Sunset, NepalMahout Sunset, NepalThis picture was taken using Ektachrome during an expedition to Bardia National Park, Nepal. The mahouts were turning the lady elephants in for the night



(FocalDreams) #bardia #focaldreams #guyana #india #nepal #pdxart #pdxphotography #photography #rajagaj Thu, 17 Jan 2019 19:00:00 GMT
Japan Infrared Gallery is now live! Many of the challenges we photographers face is the deluge of imagery we cope with.  The taking and even creating art from these images is always the fun part.  The drudge of editing not os much.  I was a bit more disciplined in my approach, regularly deleting images that really weren't going to add up to much.  

I've also updated my China infrared page as this was 35mm film that I hauled around thinking the canisters would be destroyed before I made it back to the states (they couldn't be opened in daylight without destroying the film).  

Infrared Gallery 


(FocalDreams) #pdx #pdxphotography #photography arashiyama bamboo forest infrared Japan kimono kyoto otagi Sun, 16 Dec 2018 19:41:51 GMT
Upcoming Infrared Series on Japan Preview of a  new series of Infrared Images for Japan.  


Kyoto - November 2019Infrared series



(FocalDreams) #bamboo #focaldreams #infrared #japan #kimono #kyoto #pdx #pdxphotography #photography Sat, 08 Dec 2018 20:20:01 GMT
Preview of my Japan 2018 Japan Adventure I was wandering through the “kimono forest” in Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan and as I came around the corner I was greeted by an impromptu kimono convention. I gasped an OMG and pointed at my camera. Priceless.





(FocalDreams) #pdxphotography Arashiyama Japan Kimono forest Kyoto photography Thu, 22 Nov 2018 23:15:00 GMT
The Giant Elephant Quest - Nepal - 1994 I am wrapping up my memoir and updating my website - a preview of the Giant Elephant Quest - Nepal - 1994.  


Rhino on Safari, Bardia National Park, NepalRhino on Safari, Bardia National Park, Nepal



(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #pdxphotography black and white elephant giant elephant quest safari nepal photography raja gaj rhino Thu, 06 Sep 2018 18:00:00 GMT
Hiking Three Fingered Jack along the Metolius, Eastern Oregon One of the more spectacular hikes along in the Metolius Wilderness.  Glad to see the Monarch Butterflies still thriving there.  


(FocalDreams) #hiking #metolius #oregon #pdxphotographer #pdxphotography #photography #threefingeredjack Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:45:00 GMT
Remembering Georgetown, Guyana, South America - early 90's Guyana may now become a hot spot for off-shore oil drilling - after being impoverished for so many years.  Will it help or destroy one of the last great wildernesses.......


Guyanese Food StallGuyanese Food Stall

(FocalDreams) #amazon #oregon #pdxphotography america black and white georgetown guyana South Sun, 22 Jul 2018 18:43:41 GMT
Missing Mercer Lake and Uncle Vic Didn't make it to Mercer Lake this year for the 4th of July.  Missing the consummate fisherman, my Uncle Vic.  #MercerLake #fishing #Oregon #pdxphotography 


Uncle VicUncle VicJuried - NewSpace Center for Photography

(FocalDreams) #fishing #mercerlake #oregon #pdxphotography Wed, 04 Jul 2018 21:49:26 GMT
Photoshoot along the Waterfront Beautiful sunny day in Portland!  It was raining cherry blossoms!!


(FocalDreams) #blossoms #cherry #focaldreams #pdx #pdxphotography Sun, 08 Apr 2018 20:06:49 GMT
At Blue Sky as featured Photographer on December 2 See you tomorrow from 4-5:00 at Blue Sky for the Portfolio event!



(FocalDreams) #blueskygallery #infrared #pdxphotography #photography Sat, 02 Dec 2017 00:59:53 GMT
Recent photoshoot under the St. John's Bridge - in great weather!!! Family photoshoot in St. John's


(FocalDreams) #cathedralpark #focaldreams #oregon #pdxart #pdxphotography #photography #stjohns Sat, 21 Oct 2017 21:10:39 GMT
Digital Photo Album of vacation to Yellowstone  

I love pulling together the images and videos from our adventures.  Here's the latest from Yellowstone, Grand Teton with a final stop in Palouse.  


Yellowstone Grand Teton Adventures


(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #pdxphotography grand teton montana national park palouse falls washington wyoming yellowstone Sun, 01 Oct 2017 19:47:17 GMT
Kukatonon Fashion Show!  

African Fashion at the Kukatonon Fashion Show in St. John's!

See the full gallery here  Kukatonon Fashion Show




(FocalDreams) #africa #dance #fashion #focaldreams #kukatonon #pdxphotography Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:45:17 GMT
Exhibiting at Warr-King Tasting Room!  


            Several of my award-winning pieces are showing at Warr-King Tasting Room in Woodinville.   Warr-King Winery


Cathedral Park, Portland, OregonCathedral Park, Portland, OregonBlue Ribbon - 2013 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #washington #winery #woodinville Sun, 30 Jul 2017 23:52:20 GMT
Speaking at Oregon Society of Artists on Sunday May 7th Opening reception for Portland Photography Forum show at Oregon Society of Artists on May 7th;  I'll be discussing my infrared work.  OSA    Bicycles - Kampong Thom, CambodiaBicycles - Kampong Thom, CambodiaBlack and White Magazine "People's Choice Award" 2013 Single Image Contest, Juried - Pinhole to iPhone Special Exhibit, Juried - 2012 Member Showcase NewSpace Center for Photography (sold)

These bicycles were donated to local school along with school supplies and rice.

(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #pdxart #pdxphotography Cambodia Mon, 01 May 2017 00:28:08 GMT
Blue Sky Viewing Drawers Open First Thursday!  

The 2017 Viewing Drawers Open this coming First Thursday April 6th!    Hope to see you there!  Blue Sky

Montmartre, Paris

(FocalDreams) #blueskygallery #cemetery #firstthursday #france #infrared #montmartre #paris #pdx #pdxart #pdxphotography Sun, 02 Apr 2017 15:57:37 GMT
Having fun with Adobe Spark I've started creating marketing segments - more like a living photo album using Adobe Spark and you can easily email, use social media outlets or use the embedded code such as I have here.  I think it makes for an effective and creative marking tool.  I've delivered my artwork for the Blue Sky Gallery Viewing Drawers with the opening on April 6th.  Glad to be part of the initiative. The prints are custom made on Metallic paper.  All are 11x14 matted to 16x20, signed and ready to hang! 

Cemetery Montmartre




(FocalDreams) #pdx #pdxart #pdxphotography Infrared adobe spark blueskygallery cemetery france montmartre paris Sun, 12 Mar 2017 19:48:19 GMT
Cambodian Resiliency Exhibit - Art Reach Gallery Portland This exhibit is opening today on the heels of Angelina Jolie's Netflix movie premier at Angkor Wat of "First they killed my Father."  This is a significant time for the Cambodian people and I am honored to be part of the exhibit.  I will be exhibiting along with internationally acclaimed artist Vann Nath at the Art Reach Gallery - Portland Oregon 

First They Killed My Father

Art Reach Gallery




(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #pdxart #pdxphotography Cambodia angelina Jolie artReach Gallery first they killed my father national geographic resiliency Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:15:29 GMT
Juried into Blue Sky 2017 Viewing Drawers I have been juried into the Blue Sky Gallery 2017 Viewing Drawers!   The work that has been chosen is the series from my  Paris Infrared Series on at the Cemetery Montmartre.  Opening is on April 6th, First Thursday celebrating National Photography Month.  Hope to see you there!


(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #pdxart #pdxphotography Blue sky Gallery Viewing drawers" Mon, 06 Feb 2017 03:27:44 GMT
Cambodian Resiliency Exhibit - Art Reach Gallery Portland I will be exhibiting along with internationally acclaimed artist Vann Nath at the Art Reach Gallery - Portland Oregon 

Art Reach Gallery




(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #pdxart #pdxphotography Cambodia artReach Gallery national geographic resiliency Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:52:24 GMT
Invermere, the Canadian Rockies Spent some great time in the Canadian Rockies over Christmas with family.  A true winter wonderland! 


Toby Creek, Invermere CanadaFrozen landscape while snowshoeing along Toby Creek - Panorama Resort, Canada

(FocalDreams) #pdxphotography canada invermere toby creek Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:02:37 GMT
Framed Photos available at Cedar Hills Recreation Center until December 3rd  


Affordable framed prints are now available at the Cedar Hills Recreation Center to add to your art collection or as a Holiday gift!


Cedar Hill Rec Center


Cedar Hills Show
Orchard, OregonOrchard, OregonJust sold another framed edition of this print in downtown Portland.
AbsintheAbsintheThis print sells a lot. Looks great on Metallic Paper. Japanese MapleJapanese MapleMaple at Portland Japanese Gardens where the fall colors are the most beautiful in the city.



(FocalDreams) #Oregon #black&white #cathedralpark #japanesemaple #orchard #pdxart #pdxph #pdxphotography #portland #stjohnsbridge #trees Sat, 05 Nov 2016 18:54:01 GMT
Infrared Maui, along the Pipiwai Trail - Hana Recent Infrared work from Maui, Hawaii 




(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #pdxphotography Hana Maui hawaii infrared photography pipiwai trail Wed, 19 Oct 2016 02:00:26 GMT
Photoshoot in Tryon Park I so love that place - the kids were having a great time! 


(FocalDreams) #family #oregon #pdx #pdxphotography #photography #photoshoot #portland #tryonpark Sun, 10 Jul 2016 18:08:10 GMT
Gallery Opening at Oregon Society of Artists  

I will be exhibiting along with many talented Photographers at the Portland Photographer's Forum in the month of May.  Opening is Saturday May 7th from 3:00 to 5:00 at the Oregon Society of Artists.  More info can be found here

I hope to see some of you there!





(FocalDreams) Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:31:56 GMT
Baby Shoot with Ee Xiong  


(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #pdx #pdxphotography asian baby hmong photography Sun, 10 Apr 2016 21:47:28 GMT
UMOJA Gala with my African and Cambodian Friends  

Such a great cultural fusion!  Black Tie roaring 20's theme.  


(FocalDreams) #fashion #fashionista #pdxphotography Africa Cambodia Liberia Oregon Portland Sun, 17 Jan 2016 18:17:56 GMT
Now part of Getty Images Collection!

Moonrise over Merrick Butte - Monument Valley, Utah

(FocalDreams) Merrick Butte monument valley moon rise utah Tue, 29 Dec 2015 11:36:16 GMT
Sr. Photo Shoot in St. John's  

Latest work on a Sr. Photo Shoot in and around the Bridge


Cat Harper Photo Shoot


(FocalDreams) #fashion #pdx #pdxart #pdxphotography Sr. Photography St. John's sr. Photo st. John's Bridge Sat, 28 Nov 2015 20:49:05 GMT
Paris was Ours  

My September trip to Paris - how I grieve for the City of Light 


Paris was Ours







(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #monmartre #paris #pdxart #pdxphotography city of light Sat, 14 Nov 2015 22:00:51 GMT
Exhibiting at the Oregon State Bar I'll have an exhibit with a diversity spin showing at the Oregon State Bar starting this Friday.  Reception will be from 12:00 - 2:00 and running through the end of December.  The exhibit has been designed to promote diversity and education as a way of building awareness and mitigating human trafficking.


LiberiaLiberiaPart of Regional Arts and Cultural Council Portable Works Collection.

(FocalDreams) #pdx #pdxart #pdxphotography Tue, 03 Nov 2015 02:42:19 GMT
Newspace Center for Photography Showcase and Potluck I'll be showing 20 images along with several other photographers as part of a fall potluck!  Open to the public.

Newspace Potluck



Ta Prohm IITa Prohm IISuggest a print option of color on metallic paper. The Black and White option removes all color from this image.

(FocalDreams) Sun, 18 Oct 2015 23:27:02 GMT
Gullfoss and Oxararfoss Waterfalls Iceland Iceland is full of magnificent waterfall - Gullfoss is the largest in Europe.  Pictures almost do not do these landscapes justice though I'm glad to have experienced them first hand.  


Gullfoss - IcelandGullfoss - IcelandThe largest waterfall in Europe

(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #pdxphotography Gullfoss Oxararfoss iceland landscapes waterfalls Sat, 10 Oct 2015 19:36:44 GMT
Super Blood Moon and Lunar Eclipse Superbloodmoon!!  From our roof in St. John's 


SuperbloodmoonFrom Portland, Oregon -progressive eclipse and rare blood moon

(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #pdx #pdxphotography blood eclipse lunar moon super Tue, 29 Sep 2015 02:00:00 GMT
Newspace Members Showcase on Friday!  

See you there!!


(FocalDreams) Tue, 29 Sep 2015 01:52:49 GMT
Collage of Elli from Florence Oregon Ocean and wind


(FocalDreams) #pdxart #pdxphotography Wind blackandwhite energy ocean turbine Sun, 02 Aug 2015 00:58:27 GMT
Kukatonon Fundraiser   This year's KukatononChildren's African Dance Performance!  Please check out their website for future performances.


(FocalDreams) #africa #dance #kukatonon #liberia #pdx #pdxart #pdxphotography Tue, 07 Jul 2015 23:43:00 GMT
African American Baby Portraiture Recent shoot with the lovely Meitta and her new son.  Studio lighting - single strobe. 


(FocalDreams) #africanamerican #focaldreams #infant #pdxart #pdxphotography #portraiture Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:39:36 GMT
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts in less than a week I'll be there on the 28th from 1:00 on as a docent for the Artists Vision Juried Exhibit and the lady herself might be in attendance. Hope to see some of you there!

Lake O Festival


A Portrait of Strength#portraitsofstrength - National Geographic

(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #pdxphotography Portraits of strength lake Oswego Festival of the Arts national geographic Sun, 21 Jun 2015 18:27:57 GMT
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts in two weeks I'll be there on the 28th from 1:00 on as a docent for the Artists Vision Juried Exhibit and the lady herself might be in attendance. Hope to see some of you there!

Lake O Festival


A Portrait of Strength#portraitsofstrength - National Geographic

(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #pdxphotography Portraits of strength lake Oswego Festival of the Arts national geographic Sun, 14 Jun 2015 21:34:16 GMT
National Geographic - Portraits of Strength I'm very pleased to announce that my photograph and story of Liberia is being showcased on National Geographic's #PortraitsofStrength page in celebration of National Women's Day.  

Mine was chosen with ten others out of over 2000 and then a handful of us are being showcased on the site with Rolia as the leader photograph and story.  I am humbled and blown away by the recognition and the wonderful comments I've been getting from everyone!


A Portrait of Strength#portraitsofstrength - National Geographic

(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #pdxphotography Portraits of strength national geographic Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:52:33 GMT
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts - Artist Vision Juried Exhibition I've been selected to show the following two images of my local Liberian colleagues at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts Juried Exhibit - Artist Vision.  I am pleased to be shining a spotlight on the beauty of the West African culture that has bean so horribly devastated by Ebola.  I have successfully exhibited in two past Open exhibits where I've won Blue Ribbons and Honorable mentions; one of the highlights was also the juried selection into the Pinhole to iPhone special exhibit juried by Julia Dolan of the Portland Art Museum back in 2012. 


LiberiaMeitta - Liberia Liberia Rolia - Liberia

(FocalDreams) #fashion #focaldreams #pdx #pdxphotography African Aort Liberia Portland fashion Sun, 22 Mar 2015 22:04:49 GMT
Kukatonon - African Dance The African Queen will be performing tonight at Kukatonon Children's African Dance Event.   Some of my latest studio work with the incomparable Rolia.

Rolia - Liberian QueenRolia - Liberian QueenSelected as one of National Geographic's #PortraitsofStrength celebrating National Women'sDay  


(FocalDreams) Sun, 15 Feb 2015 01:12:17 GMT
Regional Arts and Culture Council - my piece is accepted After a few mix ups it turns out this is the piece they want.  This is a 2nd generation Liberian - an image demonstrative of the enduring beauty of the African people.  Unfortunately much of the local Liberian community has been stigmatized due to the Ebola outbreak; as a counterpoint it's nice to see people like Paul Allen donate so much of their wealth to healing this part of our planet.   

LiberiaLiberiaPart of Regional Arts and Cultural Council Portable Works Collection.

(FocalDreams) #africa #art #fashion #focaldreams #liberia #pdx #pdxphotography #racc Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:57:16 GMT
Regional Arts and Council Portable Works I have been shortlisted for the RACC Portable Works project and we'll see if they want my piece! 



(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #haiku #pdx #pdxphotography #pregnancy Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:46:12 GMT
Showing at Cocoon Silk NW Grand Opening I will be having some of my Cambodia artwork selling and also as a permanent installation at Cocoon Silk Northwest just off Northwest 23rd and Hoyt.  This will include a recent mixed media piece similar to what sold out during last year's Portland Open Studios.  Grand opening is November 29th at 5:00! Cocoon Silk Northwest features high-end silk from Cambodia for Wedding and evening wear.  There will be Cambodian dancing and food and gorgeous formal attire to ogle.  Come check it out!


(FocalDreams) #art #evening #fashion #focaldreams #pdx #pdxphotography #wedding Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:31:55 GMT
Newspace Members Salon - October 3rd! I'll be showing at the Newspace Members Showcase - opening reception is October 3rd.  Hope to see some of my network there!


(FocalDreams) Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:35:38 GMT
Infrared in Oregon Wine Country It's been a busy summer showing guests around our wonderful state.  This gave me a chance to tote around my converted Nikon and get some nice Infrared shots.  I love this as the elements all came together - juxtaposed with different patterns and forms.  And of course the atmospheric feel of Infrared!


(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #pdx #pdxphotography Oregon Valley Willamettte Wine infrared Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:17:03 GMT
Golden Leaf Education Foundation - Cambodian Fundraiser! Magical Night in Cambodia - come see the lovely and incomparable Apsara dancers, donate to build schools in Cambodia and have some great food!

August 2nd at 4:30.


Shadow DanceShadow DanceApsara with Shadow


(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #pdxphotography Apsara Cambodia dancing fashion Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT
Happy 4th of July and we miss you Vic Your myth remains strong at a Mercer Lake - I hope you like your new "fishing holes." 


Uncle VicVictor Mother Bender Juried - NewSpace Center for Photography

(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #mercerlake #pdxphotography Sat, 05 Jul 2014 14:00:16 GMT
Ready for a vacation at the Lake And if I time it right I'll take another stab at Thor's well  - and maybe some light painting…...


(FocalDreams) bench mercer lake mist morning steam sun Sun, 29 Jun 2014 17:39:25 GMT
Finishing up edits on Cross-Cultural Wedding Cambodian and Catholic wedding.  Mostly Cambodian; two days of ceremony and lavish costumes.  




(FocalDreams) Tue, 27 May 2014 00:41:44 GMT
Gallery show at Samuel Robert Winery - Oregon Wine Month!  

Showcasing my "Stratus" Collection as well as my Cambodia images at Samuel Robert Winery.  Come on down - it's Oregon Wine Month!


Multnomah Falls in the MistMultnomah Falls in the MistThe iconic Multnomah Falls taken with the sun rising over the top of the falls and the mist landing on my lens filter

(FocalDreams) #Oregon #discoveroregon #exploreoregon #pdx #pdxphotography Black and White Columbia Gorge Multnomah falls Sat, 24 May 2014 22:00:00 GMT
Khmer Wedding Finishing up edits on Day One of the Catholic/Khmer (Cambodian) Wedding.  I've been blinded by the opulence of the Khmer culture and am so privileged to have been invited into their inner circle for this special occasion.   Glad to see they are so diligent about preserving their customs here in America.  




(FocalDreams) #cambodia #pdxphotography Cambodia Cambodian Khmer Portland wedding Sat, 24 May 2014 20:11:22 GMT
Lots going on! First Thursday, Popular Photography and a Wedding First Thursday opening with OWCA tonight, I'm shooting a two day Cambodian wedding marathon starting tomorrow and then Popular Photography stuck one of my photos in their action photo gallery - though I don't remember submitting that one!

(FocalDreams) Thu, 01 May 2014 18:58:58 GMT
Never enough time  

All of my inventory is out with showings at Samuel Robert Winery, OWCA Women's Vision and Business for Arts and Culture (details to come).  And I've even got a request for another exhibit.  

I'll be shooting a two-day Cambodian wedding coming this Friday and Saturday and hope to do justice to my dear friends.  

Four years ago I had little or no traction on my photography even though I've been at it a long time.  NowI keep reinventing my work and am experimenting with different mediums, inspired by certain artists I follow.  Yet I'm looking to get a break just to work on the creative end (you know, those unfinished projects floating around the are begging to be reignited).  

I cannot complain at my progress but am still plumbing the depths…..




(FocalDreams) Sat, 26 Apr 2014 20:20:31 GMT
Oregon Women's Caucus for Art Exhibit Opening - First Thursday  

OWCA is having an art opening at the Artreach Gallery at the First Congregational Church.  Opening is first Thursday in the Park Blocks by the Art Museum.  

Swing on in and see what the PDX women artists are up to.


(FocalDreams) Sat, 26 Apr 2014 19:53:28 GMT
Then Here and Now opening reception April 16th! Blue Sky Gallery is showing all the photos from Photolucida's Then Now Here exhibit with the opening at the Oregon Historical Society on April 16th (tomorrow night).  These events are indoors - so you have no excuse.


Photo and art buffs - there's lot going on around Portland Metro.

Samuel Roberts Winery solo exhibit in Amity is in full swing - yeah!  It will run into late June so if you're waiting for nice weather to get down to wine country you're still in luck.



Multnomah Falls in the MistMultnomah Falls in the MistThe iconic Multnomah Falls taken with the sun rising over the top of the falls and the mist landing on my lens

(FocalDreams) #pdxphotography blue sky gallery pdx photolucida samuel robert winery Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:04:56 GMT
Recent Pregnancy Shoot I still go back to my love of noir - recent shoot with a very fit pregnant blond.  




(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #maternity #pdx #pdxphotography #photography athlete pregnancy Sat, 29 Mar 2014 23:15:42 GMT
Oregon Then Now Here - Reception and slide show  

Photolucida with be hosting Oregon - Then Now Here Photography Exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society on April 16th.  Details attached. This is in celebration of national photography month. Two of my vintage photos will be on display and Blue Sky Gallery will be running a slide show the entire month! 


Hope you have a chance to drop by and check out all diversity of images that will be on display.




(FocalDreams) Blue Sky Gallery Oregon historical Society oregon photolucida Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:29:19 GMT
Feng Shui Fashion Dear colleague and friend, Lillian Tsai and launched her new site - Feng Shui Fashion!  The photography featured here what I produced for her new venture.

Looking forward to her continued success.


(FocalDreams) #pdxphotography fashion feng shui Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:55:30 GMT
Cambodia Awakening - Samuel Robert Winery - April 5th!  


From 7:00 - 10:00.  They will be having live music so there is a $5.00 cover charge.  Live music, art, wine - heck what a deal!




(FocalDreams) Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:28:02 GMT
Nepal - twenty years ago this month  

Hard to believe it's been twenty years since I was in Nepal - we logged over 160 miles on elephants from Corbett National Park in Northwest India to Bardia National Park in Southwest Nepal. Pradeep Rana - our venerable guide-  accompanied us through this unstudied wilderness where we slept amongst the tigers, rhinos and giant elephants that roamed free through Kipling's jungle.  

I had the privilege of encountering and photographing the largest Asian elephants on record; these restless giants can be seen on my Flickr account  They have long since been relinquished back to the soil - through old age and poaching.  Such is the vanishing wilderness of our planet.  I am still remastering this series and will hopefully sometime soon get the black and white images loaded and possibly create a book about the adventure, to record if nothing else for the notoriety of the adventure.  

I hope to go back someday for a visit.  

Nepal - February 1994
Mahout Sunset, NepalMahout Sunset, NepalThis picture was taken using Ektachrome during an expedition to Bardia National Park, Nepal. The mahouts were turning the lady elephants in for the night





(FocalDreams) Gaj Raja bardia national Park elephants nepal Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:07:59 GMT
Portland Snowmaggedon 2014 I got a new lens and tried breaking it in during the Portland snowmageddon but it started snowing, my fingers got cold and I was not as prepared as I probably should have been.  But it was so beautiful down at Kelly Point Park.  

Snowmaggedon 2014


(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #pdx #pdxphotography #snowmaggedon #winter Sun, 09 Feb 2014 18:11:47 GMT
Feng Shui Fashion  

Had a great time this last weekend doing website content for a colleague who is launching her Feng Shui fashion business.


Feng Shui Fashion



(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #pdxphotography asia fashion feng shui mist zen Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:48:08 GMT
Multnomah Falls in the Mist One of my black and white images that I'm thinking of doing acrylic transfer to glass with silver leaf as an experiment.

(FocalDreams) acrylic transfer mist multnomah falls Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:20:40 GMT
Exhibiting at Alberta Street Pub  


I'll have my bridge pictures as well as a few more "solstice" type photographs on display at the Alberta Street Pub starting Saturday January 4th!

My Cathedral Park print will be there as well - I sold out of that one at the Multnomah Arts Faire.


Ice Storm - Blue Ribbon WinnerIce Storm - Blue Ribbon WinnerBlue Ribbon - 2012 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts





(FocalDreams) alberta street pub Fri, 03 Jan 2014 20:00:00 GMT
Happy New Year and the wonders of technology! My sister-in-law taken today with off camera flash using Nikon CLS and an Eye-fi card that beamed to my iPad that I emailed instantly to other family members and am also updating my blog - AMAZING!!!!


Nikon CLS and eye-fiNikon CLS and eye-fi


(FocalDreams) Eye-fi happy new year nikon CLS Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:46:28 GMT
Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful Holiday! Sauvie Island Study #1Sauvie Island Study #1Marsh at the wildlife reserve on Sauvie Island

(FocalDreams) #blackandwhite #focaldreams #frozen #holiday #pdxphotography #sauvieisland #winter Wed, 25 Dec 2013 19:01:18 GMT
Welcoming the winter solstice I took this image a year or so ago during an unusual snow fall in forest park.  It was sooo serene and beautiful and there wasn't another soul around.   It's time like these that you take comfort in the wonder of nature.   Snowfall #2, OregonSnowfall #2, Oregon

(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #forestpark #oregon #pdxphotography #snow #solstice #winter Sat, 21 Dec 2013 20:05:17 GMT
Great turnout at Multnomah Arts Center on Saturday  


Had a great turnout at Multnomah Arts Center - though it was pretty dang cold in the auditorium.  It was great networking with my fellow photographers who had some great stuff!   And I sold out of my Cathedral Park prints.  So all in all bearing the brunt of the cold was warmed by seeing some good friends, some that I hadn't seen on a while. 


Cathedral Park, Portland, OregonCathedral Park, Portland, OregonBlue Ribbon - 2013 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

(FocalDreams) Sun, 08 Dec 2013 19:40:10 GMT
Showing at Multnomah Arts Center - December 7th  

I tried to take a hiatus (sigh) but a few opportunities presented themselves:

As part of the craft fair I plan to be at MAC  on the 7th with bin art of metallic prints and will probably bring a few of my framed pieces.  There should be several members of the Portland Photographers Forum there so a good time to check out new stuff for the photography collection or a nice gift for a collector.  

Also will be showing on the art wall at the Alberta Street Pub in January - Feb showcasing some of my seasonal work.  



(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #multnomahartscrnter #pdxart #pdxphotography Mon, 02 Dec 2013 20:22:50 GMT
Invited to show content in ND Magazine  

Glad to be part of the team.  I admire the work of so many photographers on this site.

(FocalDreams) Mon, 25 Nov 2013 22:35:54 GMT
Closing out a great year and taking a hiatus Closing out at Newspace and Portland Center for Performing Arts and will take a hiatus for the remainder of the year.  Hoping to work on more mixed media work in the New Year that was a real hit during Open Studios.  Sometimes I think it's a good idea to just let your mind wander for a while..... 


(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #pdxopenstudios #pdxphotography Photography pdx Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:58:56 GMT
Portland Open Studios final weekend Thanks to all the supporters who came by and special thanks to Wacom for replacing my damaged tablet!  Nice to hear comments and network with fellow artists and what a beautiful fall we are having.  


(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #pdxopenstudios #pdxphotography Sat, 19 Oct 2013 17:13:56 GMT
Great response this weekend in my studio  

I made some great connections with other artists and a gal bought all my mixed media Angkor Wat/Apsara art.  And these were the favorites so far - metallic prints, signed, framed and matted.


Portland Open Studio Favorites
AbsintheAbsintheThis print sells a lot. Looks great on Metallic Paper.



(FocalDreams) #focaldreams #pdxopenstudios #pdxtechnology Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:42:09 GMT
Great first day for Focaldreams Portland Open Studios!  

Had a steady stream of visitors and a lot of interest.  It was great sharing my process.  I've also uploaded my new video content that has been well received. 


(FocalDreams) PDX Photography pdx photography portland portland open studios Sat, 12 Oct 2013 23:47:37 GMT