"The Blue House" at Oakland's Gray Loft Gallery


I'm so pleased that my photo, "The Blue House," taken in Iceland last October, is included in Gray Loft Gallery's latest show, "Something Blue." Juried by the ever-perceptive Ann Jastrab, the show also includes some of my favorite photographers, Candice Jacobus, Eben Ostby, and Josie Iselin.

Gray Loft Gallery, run by photographer Jan Watten, has twice been voted Best Art Gallery by Oakland Magazine readers. Located in the Jingletown arts district on the third floor of 2889 Ford Street, it's a welcoming place for artists and viewers alike.

"Something Blue" will be on view from Saturday, February 16, to Saturday, March 23. The gallery is open Saturdays from 1 to 5 pm, as well as these special hours:

Opening Reception, Saturday, February 16, 4 to 6:30 pm
2nd Friday Jingletown Reception: Friday, March 8, 6 to 9:00 pm
Closing Reception, Saturday, March 23, 4 to 6:30 pm

"Burning Bush" Takes Award at Carmel Exhibit


I was thrilled to be included in the Center for Photographic Art's 2018 International Juried Exhibition. CPA, located in Carmel, California, was originally the Friends of Photography gallery founded in 1967 by Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, and Cole Weston, and it carries on those masters' discerning take on photography. The juror, Eve Schillo, Assistant Curator in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, chose 45 images from more than 1100 submitted, including my “Burning Bush,” left.

But even more thrilling, Schillo selected “Burning Bush” for an Award of Merit! In discussing the photo at the show’s opening, she commented on its sense of mystery and asked about the glowing red “heart” of the bush. That glow came from my trusty Proto Machine LED8, a full-spectrum, super-duper flashlight that I shined for about 20 seconds on the bottom of the shadow during the three minute exposure.

Coincidentally, “Burning Bush” was also recently included in a show at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon. The show has ended, but you can page through (or even buy!) a book of the images from Blurb.

"Thank You, Tim" Earns 2nd Place in National Competition


In January 2018, this photo, “Thank You, Tim,” won Second Prize in Foto Foto Gallery‘s 13th National Photography Competition!

Some of you may recognize these buildings near San Francisco’s Crissy Field, with the Golden Gate Bridge casting a lurid glow in the background. My friend and teacher, Tim Baskerville, who has introduced scores to the delights and mysteries of night photography, graciously loaned his shadowy figure to the image.

In awarding the prize, juror Ann Jastrab said, “Susan West created a flawless picture, simply pairing the two buildings with their varied light sources: sunset, fluorescents, sodium vapor, incandescent, and who knows what else…that color and those color temperatures make the image magical. But then there is something else: splendidly framed in the glowing green light is the legendary Tim Baskerville himself.”

So, once more: Thank you, Tim.