Kukucka Photography Fine Arts Exhibit - Los Angeles
Today is the day my show comes down at the Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center in Los Angeles. I was honored to have 40 of my photographs on their walls for the month of July, and I can't begin to say how much this exhibit has meant to me. Even (and especially!) when the 6.5 earthquake hit in the middle of the opening reception! :)
I've been a photographer for too many years to count. Actually, I hear that they found a roll of film in my hand when I was born, but there is no proof of that written on my birth certificate. I have been passionate about photography, and being a photographer ever since I picked up my first camera when I was 9. Over the years I have become preoccupied with the marketing aspects of photography at times - how to make a living doing what I love, and how to find the balance between wanting to give freely with my art, and yet pay the bills. Easy to get caught up in the business end of creativity, even as it has distracted me at times from my passion.
It had been about 10 years since my last exhibit - and there was something about seeing my photographs on the walls of a gallery once again that reminded me of what is true: That I love being a witness to life's changing moments. That I am honored to see what I see - and that I see with my heart. The camera is just a technicality. Most of all, that I work for the Divine, and it's a privilege to do so.
Thank you to the Betsy Lueke Gallery for welcoming my work, and for reminding me who I am; One who sees the brilliance of Life, and then captures it so other's can see it too.
I couldn't be more honored.
Here is a video of the exhibit, which I was honored to share with nature-photographer extraordinaire, Michael Wicks - and the amazing ceramic artist, Martin Ehrlich.