rose028b. Photo © Jay Ruland at The Image Flow

Jay Ruland on the Beauty of Growing Old

Big Red, Jay Ruland, Withering Roses, exploration of age and age issues, pictures of flowers, flower photography

After 25 years in the workforce, Jay Ruland decided to go back to school and, not surprisingly, found himself surrounded by 20-somethings. While he says he was welcomed by his junior contemporaries, he was struck by the way they perceive the world; that is, the things they found to be beautiful also tended to be as young as they were. As a 50-something, Jay says the aging process is beautiful in itself, and the desire to show that is the basis for his Withering Roses floral photography series, which will be featured in his new solo exhibition at The Image Flow As the Allure Fades opening on May 14.

“The younger students sort of had a bias toward things in society that are young and pretty, and we’re taught through the media that younger is better. But if you look closer in nature, things that are getting older are still beautiful and the process itself is a beautiful process,” says Jay.

He chose to work with roses because they are a societal symbol for beauty, something you’d give on a first date or use to decorate your house, but also because they can communicate ideas, from the number you give to the color, and transgress cultural barriers.

Ballerina Misty Copeland photographed by Annie Leibovitz

Don’t Miss Annie Leibovitz’s “Women” at the Presidio Through April 17

Ballerina Misty Copeland photographed by Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz, a San Francisco Art Institute alum, began her famed career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone in the early 1970s. Over the past 40 years, she has created some of the most stunning and most controversial photographs of her day. Her new exhibition Women: New Portraits now on display at the Presidio’s Building 649 at Chrissy Field features portraits of some the world’s most influential women, from ballerina Misty Copeland to anthropologist Jane Goodall to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

Annual Group Exhibit Opens December 8th!

We are getting ready for our 3rd Annual Group Exhibition. The images are being framed and Stuart and Matt are working on curating the show. We are so excited about the images we are showing this year, and are proud of our students’ work!

The exhibit includes about 25 photographers, ranging from amateurs to professionals. The styles range from documentary to landscape, and include color and black and white prints.

I asked a few of the photographer’s about their photos. Here are some of their stories.

Natural Stories by Naoya Hatakeyama

Naoya Hatakeyama , Lime Hills #23514, 1988
Japanese photographer Naoya Hatakeyama’s hometown of Rikuzentakata, Japan, was destroyed by the March 11, 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. A few days later, he returned to what was left of his town to document the aftermath.

Hot Off the Presses: Kimberly Harmon’s Nature Abstracts at Marie Veronique Organics

We are pleased to announce Kimberly’s first solo exhibition—a study in subtle color and form—is on display at Marie Veronique Organics at 29 Miller Ave, Mill Valley now through the end of the year. Kimberly has been taking photography classes on and off over the past eight years. With her family grown up, she has had more time to pursue her passion for photography. The convenience of the digital darkroom has encouraged her to experiment in color with this body …

The World Is Not My Home


The World Is Not My Home: Photographs by Danny Lyon is at the de Young though January 27. This exhibit sparingly covers his work from the early ’60 civil rights movement with the SNCC (Students Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) the Occupy Movement protests of 2011.

Exhibition Opening Event May 7th

The Image Flow’s gallery will host an opening night event this weekend during Marin Arts Open Studios.   Please join us on Saturday, May 7th at 6:30 p.m. for appetizers and conversation as we preview Stuart’s new series of abstract photographs. These abstract photographs are sometimes mistaken for paintings at firstglance because the layers of resin create visual depth.   The images themselves were often shot as abstracts and then manipulated in Photoshop before printing.  A few were further manipulated …