Our Kitchen Remodel

We did a complete kitchen remodel 2015-2016 that was 35 years in the making! Demolished down to the studs and floorboards, and rebuilt to a new floor plan. We got all new appliances, an Italian porcelain floor, cherry custom cabinets in the kitchen area, oak cabinets in the dining area, totally rebuilt fireplace, moving windows, adding a mudroom, and creating a kitchen that s a delight to clean, cook in, entertain, and enjoy!

Throughout the process, I took images of the four corners of the room. These are the four corners as they progressed from cluttered to finished. Rymar Kitchens in Warrenville did an exceptional job throughout the entire time.

As a photographer, I found a never ending supply of interesting abstracts, texture, macros, and points of view that generated a body of work I call “Construction As Art” which you will see in the near future.

The images are before-cluttered, before-clean, demolition, framing, drywall, and the finished kitchen!

With over 1,000 images of the process it is taking time to organize, edit and prepare. There is more to come!

Easter Seals Photo Exhibit

The invitations are in the mail to the exhibit opening October 26.  I’ve known for a few weeks, but couldn’t tell you – my portraits from the Photo Journalism class were chosen for the lead/invite for the exhibit!  I’m so excited!

This exhibit partners COD with Easter Seals – student photographers are assigned a child who receives services from Easter Seals.  We meet with the family, get to know the child and capture photographs that reveal the story and the accomplishments of these special children.  For the class, we do a photo documentary story with captions and a slide show with audio that tells the story.  All photographs are juried and one from each student is chosen for a 24×30 canvas print to be on display at Easter Seals.  In addition, one photo is chosen as the lead for the invitation – for this year, the photo I took.

The exhibit opening on October 26 at 6:00 PM is attended by the families, the staff, the photographers, friends and more.  During the year, Easter Seals is able to use all the photos that were submitted for publicity, giving photo credit.  It is a WIN-WIN for all of us.

Here is the photo that will be on display and the invite that just got mailed: