Ad Libs: Timber! | Ad Libs | Rebecca Wallace | Palo Alto Online |

Local Blogs

Ad Libs

By Rebecca Wallace

E-mail Rebecca Wallace

About this blog: I grew up in Menlo Park and have long been involved with both local journalism and local theater. After starting my career as an editorial intern with The Almanac, I was a staff reporter for the Almanac and the San Mateo County Ti...  (More)

View all posts from Rebecca Wallace

Ad Libs: Timber!

Uploaded: Sep 10, 2013
When you switch journalism beats, you can usually torch your Rolodex. It's rare that your sources will carry over en masse from, say, the cops beat to the sports desk.

Bill Jackson is the one of the few artists who was also a regular source for me when I was a news reporter back in the day, covering county government for the San Mateo Times. He was the county's elections manager then and is a fine-art photographer now. When I jumped ship for the arts editor's desk, he got in touch again.

Instead of chatting about precinct results, we've talked about his pleasantly eerie photography, which has been seen quite a bit around town in recent years. Jackson is a member of the Palo Alto Camera Club and is represented by the Paolo Mejia Gallery in the city.

At the moment, he also has a solo show up at Philz Coffee in Palo Alto's Midtown neighborhood. Jackson usually likes to photograph people; here he's found inspiration in the rings and cracks of fallen trees.

His "Timber" series came from "cut and fallen trees from California's Sierra Nevada mountains, modified in post-processing to create something different from the original," as he puts it. The series is a blaze of color: atomic reds, deep blues, powerful oranges. I like to imagine some logger knocking down a tree and jumping back appalled, seeing all this wonder inside.

To read the blog in its entirety, go to Ad Libs.

Comments

There are no comments yet for this post
Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Burger chain Shake Shack to open in Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 18 comments | 5,006 views

The Cost of Service
By Aldis Petriceks | 1 comment | 1,212 views

This time we're not lying. HONEST! No, really!
By Douglas Moran | 11 comments | 846 views

Couples: When Wrong Admit It; When Right; Shut Up
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 738 views

One-on-one time
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 565 views