Marty was not the only artist I made a portrait of at this year’s West Austin Studio Tour (WEST). I made a few more, which I’ll showcase over the coming days.
Though I enjoy opening my mind to different kinds of art, I always look for photographers. I suppose I feel like I have more in common with them. I met Liz at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar where she had a booth with her photographs on display.
One wall featured black and white Holga photos, known for their soft and moody images. Another, more serious black and whites shot with the giant Pentax 67 medium format camera. On the third wall, handcrafted woodcut prints. Liz is a multi-talented person. She also just finished a book of her West Texas urban and natural landscapes, some of which you can see behind her.
We talked for a while. I found out that she lived in Austin until fairly recently, but moved out to West Texas to pursue her art seriously. Her photos are a cornucopia of images throughout the western part of this great state of Texas. We also talked about photo books and our shared experience of creating our first ones. In an unexpected twist, Liz was even nice enough to buy a copy of my book!
Ultimately, it’s a small photographic world in Austin. Liz took her film printing class from Anthony, who is the same person I had my lesson with. There is certainly a seductive, old-world, Zen experience to travel around West Texas with a big film camera. That’s what Liz is doing, and displaying and selling the fruits of her passion at WEST.
Liz Potter’s work can be found on her website.
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