A Trip to Southeastern Utah

Utah_Camera_Ledge-web-237I returned recently to Southeastern Utah, one of my favorite places on the planet. Over a week, I traversed the stretch between the town of Boulder on the west and the Colorado border on the east. It is an area of wide open roads and just a few small towns, widely scattered and relatively isolated. I spent the last night in Mexican Hat where people routinely drive one hundred miles to Cortez, Colorado to get to a supermarket and other services that most of us think of as daily essentials. Read the rest of this entry »

Video Based on Boston Pops Commission

bso_hall.jpgI was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra to create a montage of ninety of my images to be projected above the orchestra for two performances during the Spring Pops season. The music was Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”. The conductor was Keith Lockhart who continues with the Pops and in 2010 added the title of Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra to his assignments. Read the rest of this entry »

Trip to the Great Smoky Mountains

townsendtn-web_500pxIn April I traveled to the Southern Appalachians of Tennessee and North Carolina. I spent a week working to capture the first green haze of emerging leaves as spring progressed from lower to higher elevations in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I started and ended the trip in the bucolic gateway community of Townsend, TN (see iPhone photo above). Read the rest of this entry »

Mural Sized Installation at Sharp HealthCare

mural_install_2-web-237-croppedI recently delivered the largest print I have made to date—84 x 108 inches, or 7 by 9 feet. The piece was commissioned by Sharp HealthCare for their new downtown San Diego medical facility.

It hangs twenty feet above the floor in the building’s three story entrance lobby. It is also viewed from overlooking spaces on the second and third floors.

The photograph, SEASTACKS AND FOG, was shot on 4×5 film at low tide on a remote cove near Cape Scott at the northern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The trail to the beach winds though a towering temperate rain forest. Often this image evokes comparisons to the Chinese landscape art tradition. Read the rest of this entry »

Visit to “Alpenglow” Embroidery in New York

group_portrait_embroidery-web-237Several years ago the traditional Vietnamese artisans’ group La Than Imperial Embroidery recreated my photograph “Alpenglow on Hurricane Ridge” in thread. See the sidebar link on this site for background on the project. Last April my wife Karen and I had a chance to see the piece for the first time in person during a visit to New York. I was overwhelmed by the detail and refinement that I had not been able to fully appreciate in the photos they had sent during the year-long making of the embroidery. Read the rest of this entry »

Art Santa Fe 2013

asf13_booth-web-500In July my wife Karen and I traveled to New Mexico again to show at Art Santa Fe. This was the seventh year that we have exhibited at this “boutique” art fair. Once again, the event brought together galleries from Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the United States. The attendees seemed to be equally divided between local Santa Feans and out-of-towners, many of whom return year after year to enjoy the food, music, dramatic skies, and art that make Santa Fe an appealing destination. Despite the fact that art is everywhere—200 galleries and a dozen museums in two square miles—we have found an appreciative audience for my work that makes it worthwhile to keep going back.

Art San Diego – September 2012

asd_booth-web-237I had a juried single-artist space at Art San Diego from September 6th through 9th, 2012. The fair, in its fourth year, was held in the Balboa Park Activities Center.

Art San Diego casts a wider subject matter net than most other art fairs. There were zones within the exhibit hall dedicated to Contemporary Art, Mid-Century and Modern Art, Contemporary Furniture Design, and Curated Solo-Artist Booths. I had one of the latter. Read the rest of this entry »

Art Santa Fe – July 2011

asf_2011_booth-web-237I exhibited at Art Santa Fe in July for the fifth consecutive year. I keep going back because my work seems to be finding a growing audience in Northern New Mexico—not only among local Santa Feans but also among art-aware people from across the country who come back year after year to spend their summers in the region. Read the rest of this entry »

New Landscape Images

first_snow-web-237At the Los Angeles Art Show in January I introduced three new images. The one that seemed to generate the most interest is the snow scene on the left. More on it in the continuation of this post below.

The most recent image was shot in October 2010 on a trip through the Four Corners area as I was returning to San Diego from Santa Fe. The title is O’KEEFFE COUNTRY, NEW MEXICO. As with all my landscape work, it was shot on 4″ x 5″ transparency film. Read the rest of this entry »

New House and Studio

via_latina_dusk-web-237In June my wife Karen and I finished what turned out to be a three year project—the designing and building of a house. We did not set out to do that. We intended to find an existing home that would cut Karen’s commute in half and give me more space for my office, studio, and storage. After a year of looking without finding anything that met our idiosyncratic needs, and egged on by our realtor whose father is a builder in Colorado (“It’s not that hard, just build one”) we did find a property in exactly the right spot and we did just that, we built one. Read the rest of this entry »

Forefront Documentary

ForefrontWatch this public affairs program profiling Robert Turner and his work. Produced by Cox Comm. Channel 4, San Diego.

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Robert Turner's Visual DiaryA behind the scenes Visual Diary of Robert Turner's work.

Boston Pops Commission

Boston PopsA montage of photos was projected behind the orchestra in Boston Symphony Hall during the Boston Pops 2007 Spring Season.

“Alpenglow” in Thread

Camera-Based Art

Bob has embarked on a new body of work outside the landscape genre. The first images in the series can be seen here.

Audio Commentaries

Audio CommentariesAn audio guide to five photographs.