Greeting Cards

Salt Lake City Street Art

You don’t have to go to a museum to see a city’s art. The works that best represent a particular locale are often, quite literally, right under your feet. I photographed the artwork pictured here within a single downtown Salt Lake City block, representing styles ranging from crude to accomplished.

Simply because these works aren’t hanging in a museum or framed on a wall makes them less likely to get recognized as art. How come a painting on a sidewalk instead of a canvas automatically gets demoted from “art” to “nuisance graffiti” in the minds of the majority?

Like it or not, your city is a canvas. It is a place where seemingly unrelated movements, elements, shapes and colors come together to form a tangible image – a picture of its inhabitants. Some choose to add to this canvas knowing that their contribution will be as transient and temporary as the inhabitants are themselves.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, f/22 at 1/60 sec, 78 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 200, f/20 at 1/40 sec, 98mm

Nikon D300, ISO 200, f/14 at 1/60 sec, 30 mm

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Your greeting card purchases from EarlHarrisPhotography.com help fund pet rescue and shelter efforts. The animals and I thank you.

Captioning The Absurd

While doing some street/flâneur photography in downtown Salt Lake City on Wednesday, I came across one of those scenes a fan of street photography lives for: the random public display of the unusual and/or absurd. Sometimes you come across these things, and it’s really obvious what they are about – and thus how they could be or will be titled or captioned. But occasionally, you just can’t put the pieces together in a way that tells a plausible story, so you ditch the plausible and let your imagination take a carefree romp in an arena probably better suited to Tim Burton or David Lynch.

I thought it would be fun to enlist your aid in coming up with a caption for the photograph that resulted from Wednesday’s find. Please leave your suggestion in the Comments area below. You will receive an email voucher for a free handmade, 100% cotton photo greeting card of your choosing from my online shop if I really like what you come up with.

“…the concept of absurdity is something I’m attracted to.”
David Lynch

I'm with you, David.

Spring Fire

Tulips are my favorite flowers. There are so many colors, variations and hybrids for the eyes to consume! Today’s post features photographs from 2009. I’m not sure what variety of tulip this is, but I dubbed it Spring Fire. (If you know what it really is, please leave a comment below!)

The above image is available printed on heavyweight, 100% cotton, art grade, bi-fold greeting card stock from my Web shop. Perfect for framing as a keepsake, too!

10% of all purchases from my Web shop help fund pet rescue and shelter efforts through the Humane Society of Utah, an independent, donor supported, not-for-profit organization (not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States).

As always, I look forward to your comments and feedback!

New Additions to My Online Greeting Card Shop

Here is a preview of the new images I’ve posted to my online photo art greeting card shop. I hope you’ll click by and have a look around!

Black and Birch

Hibiscus Blossom

Berry Flavored Iced Tree

Young Forest Deer

Imminent Conquest

The Golden Mile

Please see these and more
original photo art
greeting, sympathy and comfort card
selections available at
http://EarlHarrisPhotography.com

Taking The First Steps Toward Rehab

A simple, convenient user interface and integrated Shopping Cart!

After some encouraging success in local markets, I’m terrifically excited to announce…

My all-new web site and integrated photographic art shop went live last night at midnight! (YAY!!!)

I’m offering original photographic images printed on heavyweight, art-grade, 100% cotton card stock. Images are now split into 3 categories or themes: Pets, Flowers and Nature. You can view all the images at once, view by category, or search for a term in an item to see it displayed.

The new, fully automated and integrated Shopping Cart makes it simple to completely browse my catalog of images and card offerings! Finalize your purchase by paying safely and securely via an integrated PayPal payment interface.

I would urge you to stop by and see the new shop, but even more, I would ask you to help me in my effort to support Best Friends Animal Society / Sanctuary.

I have committed to donate 25% of all November shop proceeds to Best Friends. This terrific organization not only needs, but deserves our support. The sanctuary, the largest in the nation, is home to over 2,000 animals on any given day, many of them previously abandoned or abused. So if you see something in the shop you like, you can buy it with the knowledge that you’re helping Best Friends.

Learn more about Best Friends Animal Society at www.BestFriends.org and in my earlier article (here).

This is just the first step toward rolling out the full vision for my online store. In the next few weeks, you will be able to also order boxed cards as well as professionally printed prints via an interface to SmugMug. I’ll announce new offerings and functionality here as it becomes available and working.

REMEMBER: The holidays are coming up, and you’re going to have a whole lot of “thank you” notes to write! Why settle for something mass-produced when you can show people your originality is a hallmark of your gratitude.

So, I invite you to stop by my new online storefront, browse my offerings, and if you see something you like, there’s a shopping cart and safe, secure checkout!

Thank you!