Saturday, December 26, 2009

Wisconsin Trails Magazine

The upcoming Jan/Feb edition of Wisconsin Trails Magazine will feature the cover image and a six page spread of my images from North Point. North point is located just south of Bradford Beach along the Lake Michigan shore in downtown Milwaukee, WI. It's a popular spot among area photographers but surprisingly, many do not know of it's existence. I often get asked where the images are from and people are quite surprised to learn that such a unique landscape is right outside their front door.

Thanks to Jerry Luterman, photographer for Wisconsin Trails, for his help to get these images published in the magazine. He's a pretty good photographer himself and I am definitely a fan.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A New Website (in progress)

I'm working toward a new website for RJI Photography.  I'm using Photoshelter which is an all inclusive option from archiving to website to storefront and proofing.  Right now, I'm only working on a limited 30 day freebie but I have all the functionality there.  Here's an example of the home page slide show embedded into this blog:

Oak Creek - Images by Bob Israel

This blog can also be integrated into the website navigation so now my blog will be more interactively linked with my website.  I'm really liking the features associated with photoshelter and I'm just getting started.  More to come!

Thursday, December 10, 2009


What is it about a simple peeling wall with a shadow and a foreground element that makes an image so intriguing?  There are no people and no action.   I know that when I look at this and similar images, it makes my mind wander, whether about the particular image or not.  Sometimes, you feel the texture of the wall, the cracks in the wall board.  The radiator reminds of my childhood where we had these for our heat. It reminds me of the dozen or so layers of paint that are typical of radiators of this era.  It reminds of the clanking sound when they started heating up or when they cooled.  So maybe, it a reminder of an era gone by but something that relates to my youth.  It makes me wonder if someone half my age would react similarly or whether they have another set of feelings that makes this image intriguing to them.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

One Earth

I recently came back to this image I took during the summer along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Wolf River in Menomonee County, Wisconsin.  Unfortunately, I came upon this scene where someone decided they were too lazy to properly dispose of their trash.  I really thought we, as a society, had come past this type of behavior.  Fortunately, we cleaned it up before the trash made its way into the river.  The image serves as a reminder that no matter how beautiful this wonderful planet can be, we can destroy it in a minute.