Driven to Abstraction at Inner Space

“Driven to Abstraction” was the June 2014 show of abstract photography by some members of the PhotoArts Group (PAG) at Innerspace in Escondido. I photographed “Messages of Hope”  in 2011 at the London Southbank Centre. It was part of an installation “The Lion & Unicorn”, a public art installation by artist Gitta Gschwendtner working with 50 young refugees. The pieces of paper are messages and poems written by the youth hoping to gain permanent status in England.

At the end of June, the entire show, previously juried in by the city of Encinitas, moved to the walls of the Encinitas Community Center until the end of July.

View here to see more pictures from the show.



SDPUG Lyceum Theater Exhibit

Stephen Burns and Joe Nalven curated a show at the Lyceum Theater downtown San Diego for members of the San Diego Photoshop User Group (SDPUG).  Over 100 photographs were chosen and installed over the 2 floors of the theater. It ran from May 10 to August 20, 2014 and was a great success.  Three of my photographs were selected.  This is “Samothrace:

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PhotoArts Group People Show

In April 2014, “Desillusion Totale” was juried in a group show organized by the PhotoArts Group (PAG) in Escondido, CA.

View here more images from the show.



PhotoArts Group (PAG) has made a name for itself in San Diego County’s art scene since 2003 when it was created by a handful of professional and amateur photographers. Formed under the umbrella of the Escondido Arts Partnership, the artists focus is to promote, display, and refine their work.

In September 2008, PAG inaugurated its first permanent gallery space aptly named “InnerSpace Gallery.” It is located in a section of the Escondido Arts Partnership’s Escondido Municipal Gallery in the fast growing arts center of downtown Escondido. 
Every month, PAG hangs a different show featuring the work of our photographer and artist members.

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).