Preview of New Black & White Work
Steve Zmak has several portfolios in the works and photographs being considered can be previewed here.
Graphic in Nature is a continuation of Zmak’s interpretation of the natural world through California scenery and western landscapes. Locations include Yosemite, Big Sur, Central California, Kauai, Alaska, and Montana.
Fort Ord is a body of work that began in 1996 when Zmak was hired by the new Cal State Monterey Bay on the former Fort Ord that closed in 1994. The buildings have been left to redevelopment when someone gets around to it or just rot in place because they’re too expensive to deconstruct. This part of the base that operated from 1917 and expanded during Second World and Vietnam Wars making it a photographers’ and graffiti artists’ playground. But the best part of the former base is what became the Fort Ord National Monument in 2012—50 square miles of trails through a variety of rare coastal habitats; and Fort Ord Dunes State Park in 2008—4 miles of coastline with huge sand dunes.
The California Wine Culture is a collection of wine and vineyard photography post A Year in the Vineyard (2009), and includes locations throughout California: all of Monterey County (not just the Santa Lucia Highlands), Paso Robles, Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Clara valley, Cienega Valley, Santa Barbara County, Napa, Sonoma, and more. Zmak is also looking into trips to Oregon’s vineyards.
Miscellaneous B&W is just as it sounds: a deposit of miscellaneous B&W photography. Who knows what portfolio will emerge, or if it will just be an isolated single photograph. Several of these photos have won single image photography contests or juried into group photo exhibits.