Monthly Archives: March 2011

I am so excited about this print!  A few weeks ago, I was asked to create a print for a client who was doing some home redecorating.  They wanted a very large print of an image from my collection and decided on image of star trails that I’d shot a couple of years ago in Lake Tahoe.  The original image can be seen here.  The image is an hour-long exposure looking up as the earth rotates and stars make trails across the night sky.  As you can see, the print is huge (literally, the only reason I’m in the picture is to provide a sense of scale).  Five feet tall, actually.  And 40 inches wide.  And on METAL: That is the best part!  The print is on aluminum, which gives it incredible visual appeal.  Prints on metal take on this luminescent quality that can only be fully appreciated in person, in my opinion.  The colors seem more brilliant and vibrant.  It’s almost like the prints become somewhere between 2D and 3D.  I also love that the print comes ready to hang!  I would love to make more metallic prints for anyone who wants one…but I might have to get myself one first!!!  If you’re also curious, drop me a line.



  • Johanne Auerbock

    All right – details are needed: where did you order it from, and which option did you choose? This looks amazing!

In moments of self-awareness, I can acknowledge that one of the reasons why I gravitated so strongly to photography is that I love to remember.   In moments of self-honesty, however, I can also admit that not all of my remembering is good for me.  I can’t remember (har har) what set this train of thought into motion last fall, but I have been thinking about this in the context of lots of things going on in my life since then.  Lots of questions come up.  When do I transition from fondly reminiscing about the past to mentally setting up house in it?   When does trying to reference a lesson learned transition into reliving and wallowing in a negative experience?  How often is history rewritten in my head?    Does it all keep me from moving forward?   And, of course…why?  I made a list of what comes up for me when I think about the past.  Ideas about myself, my childhood, my relationships.  There are plenty of dark spaces in those thoughts.  However, this series is meant to depict associations that are mostly joyful for me, although I have both positive and negative associations with them all.  I’m hopeful that this exercise might provide a segue into examining the shadowy corners.








  • LOVE this series. LOVE.

  • steph

    love love love the mouthpiece. i have, to this day, never heard you play. but i love that you love to remember, as i do too. and i’ve asked myself similar questions. it’s hard for me to know where that line is between remembering and regressing, and i find that on any given day, the same memory might affect me completely differently. sometimes that memory is easy, just factual history, while other days it’s heavy with emotion. i think my emotional response to a memory, especially one that isn’t consistently light and fun, largely reflects what else is going on in my life, and the danger for me is when i let my current thoughts/situation influence my perception of the so-called reality of the memory. suddenly i fail to see all the shadows, and focus only on that tiny glint of sun that at the time didn’t offer any light, warmth, or life. but in my altered perception, i’ve glorified it.

    without our memory, our lives lose meaning. so even though remembering can sometimes keep us in a rut, i’d rather wallow in a memory than have nothing in my memory at all. and one thing is certain – everything changes, so the wallowing simply cannot be interminable.

    i think you’re very self-aware. and very vunderwool.

I haven’t been in the best spirits lately, and part of why is that I haven’t been shooting very much.  This afternoon, I forced my way out the door and down to Palo Alto to meet up with some fellow photographers for a photo walk.  I ended up walking alone and, using one wide-angle lens, I focused on capturing symbols of how people get themselves from place to place.











  • matt

    Makes me miss Palo Alto a lot! Great captures Dana – love the movement in that final shot.

  • Ernest

    Nice theme, Dana! I especially like the bike detail shots, zipcar, and the blurred traffic.

  • steph

    the dog is unattractive (to me) but looks awesome in your amazing shot. and i love the teal bike handle bars. makes me think my beautiful bike needs a photo shoot with you too…capture its true beauty thru a d.u.eye, you know?