Solo Exhibit at Gallery 21

I’m excited about my first solo photography show!  It’s a retrospective of my work as a street photographer since 2006.  My mannequin series continues to evolve with new material taken recently on the West Coast.  As you know, these shots are actual reflections on store windows taken at a moment in time. The show also includes abstract and other street art.  I hope everyone enjoys the images as much as I enjoy creating them!

The show opens Wednesday March 5 at Gallery 21, Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park, San Diego and continues to Monday March 17th.  I’ll be there every day from 11 am to 4 pm, so stop by.  The opening reception will be Saturday March 8 from noon to 4pm. Please come and bring a friend!


Janine Free and Ron Tatro at Gallery 21

ImageThis is the fourth annual show for me at Gallery 21.  My new photographs will have a more abstract view of the “mannequin reflections” body of work I have worked on for the past 6 years.

Opening reception: Saturday May 11 from Noon to 4:00

ImageJanine Free – Paris 2012

Ron Tatro will show digital drawings, mostly self-portraits:

“The human head shape is universally recognizable. Artists abstract it, reduce it to its most basic shape, and depict it with exacting detail. The twelve drawings in this show represent my interest in the head as a point of departure to explore compositional variety and various way to make a drawing. I used my computer to create the digital drawings. Some of the images incorporate one or more photographs. I am interested in exploring as many possibilities as I can to make my drawings. ”

ImageRon Tatro

21st@21 – new exhibit at Gallery 21

Kris Hodson Moore, Amanda Dahlgren and Janine Free have a three-way exhibit at Gallery 21 in Balboa Park’s Spanish Village.  Their images blend a strong individual aesthetic with cultural commentary.

Kris Hodson Moore takes on the modern portrait showing photographs of fresh faces layered with images from television news. “My models are kids under 21 living in America. I want to show the contrast between their lives and the harsh reality with which they will soon have to cope”.

Amanda Dahlgren considers the pre-abandoned house and the impact of master-planned communities on the housing crisis.  “Where others see the hope and possibilities of a new home, I see pre-abandoned spaces as the American dream, promised by the model homes, remains unfulfilled by financial missteps, broken relationships, or simply the realities of the hardship of life”.

Janine Free takes us through streets in Europe expressing a contemporary view of “Street Photography”, a genre fathered in Paris in the 1890’s by Eugene Atget and Henri Cartier-Bresson.  It candidly tells a story with ironic amusement and subtlety.  The images were taken in the Spring of 2012 in Paris, Marseille, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Saint Petersburg, and Turku (Finland).


Guy Mayenobe and I have a new show of our photographic reflections along the Rue St. Honore, one of the oldest and longest street in Paris.  I hope you attend one of our receptions, or come strolling in during a visit to the many museums in Balboa Park. This is our third annual adventure into the world of mannequins and street art.

Rue Saint-Honore: Reflections on a Streestscape

Janine Free and Guy Mayenobe

At Gallery 21 in the Spanish Village – Balboa Park                                                           From September 26 to October 8, 2012 –   daily from 11:00 to 4:00pm

Opening reception:  Saturday September 29  –  6:00 to 9:00pm                                     (same night as the “Art of Photography Show” reception at the San Diego Art Institute, just down the Prado from Gallery 21)

Closing Reception:  Sunday October 7  –  1:00 to 4:00pm


I am staying in a very cozy and quiet appartment in Nice (near the Italian border), as an Airbnb guest.  My hostess is a painter and a photographer from Ireland. Airbnb is a service to help you rent a room or an appartment (or an island) worldwide.  You can use Facebook or the Internet.  The hosts will help you find your way around their city and make you feel like you live there.  I would highly recommend it.

Tomorrow, I am leaving for Frejus to go birdwatching with a friend in the mountains.  I will not have Internet access for a while.  More later…



I am here in Marseille the weekend of historical presidential elections for the French people. It is also a 4 day weekend to celebrate the end of the second world war (May 8, 1945). This young man is trying to make me vote for Francois Hollande, the Socialist candidate who eventually won the elections.

It was a very exciting time, both before and after the elections on Sunday. According to tradition, the day before the election was a day of reflection, with no mention of it in the media or in the streets. At exactly 8:00PM, the winner is announced. Then, what a clamor! The French people take their elections very seriously. Unfortunately for Mr. Sarkozy, his time is over as early as May 14th!

Marseille has 160 fountains from ancient times to now (it was founded in 600 B.C. by a Greek sailor), because of the abundance and the quality of its water. This detail is from a huge 19th century fountain on the Place Estrangin in Marseille.