Tuesday, August 28, 2018


Here in downtown Boise, Idaho, we have a rare gem called Freak Alley. it’s the largest outdoor art gallery in the Northwest. It spans two streets (a block long) in the alley and parking lots for several small businesses. Some of the work, by the 90 artists this year that were accepted, could be called artistic graffiti, but many of the paintings are true art and some are complex murals two stories high. 

This year my wife and I hosted one of the artists, visiting from Utah, while she worked on her art piece. Her name is Megan Utley and while going to college in Utah, she worked various jobs and does her art part time. While she was with us for just over a week, she worked a couple of construction jobs during the day and then worked waitressing at nights! Some how she managed to do her Freak Alley art piece around work and socializing—sometimes painting all night; camping out IN Freak Alley!

Here’s Megan with her art at the opening night event…
f4.5 @ 1/160 sec., ISO 800; Lens @ 100mm
I think her art piece is one of the best in this year’s Freak Alley exhibition. It’s definitely Not graffiti.

I had to work fast since it a was 8:30pm when Megan got there (after working all night and through the day to finish) when I started; the sun had already set so I was starting at 800 ISO and I wanted to give her multiple poses.

This is the poise I had pre-visualized doing after Megan had shown me the original of this art piece. It was her favorite in this set.

I finished with her turning her face to me with a smile and zooming out to show her tattoo. Looking good Megan!  It was a pleasure having you in our home and getting to know you and your dog Sam.

’Til next week….as usual ask if you have questions…

Author:  Jerry W. Venz, PPA Master Photographer, Craftsman
Training site: http://www.LightAtTheEdge.com
Client site: http://www.TheStorytellersUsa.com 

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