I’m writing to tell you that I’ve significantly redesigned my photography website, and I’m happy to say that I think the new rendition is much improved in terms of immediately showing you the qualities and variety of my work, and in making it much easier for you to see what’s available on the site and how to get to it.
It amazes me (not in a good way!) that it took me so long to see that the changes were needed. I started, recently, with an urge to re-edit certain images, especially older ones, in order to make use of my increased skills and some of the great new software available to us, like Topaz Labs’ Sharpening AI. And after I’d done that, I woke up suddenly one morning, realizing, to my distress, how much the form of the website itself needed changing. For too long, I think, I was content because I was pleased with the quality of PhotoShelter’s visual display of photographs. (And the problems with my site weren’t because of any lack in PhotoShelter’s tools or support, but rather that I hadn’t made more and better use of them.)
Now my website’s organization and initial presentation are considerably better for viewers — and therefore for me. In addition to the better landing-page spread of photos, you will see that in the left-hand column under “Overview,” the full names of all the individual portfolios represented on the site are listed, each one of which links directly to the named body of work. Or, you can click on any image on the landing page to see a larger display of that single image, with controls and information relating to it.
In addition, now you’ll see the title of each image displayed below it (hurrah!), which the template I was using before didn’t make possible. Given my decades of earlier study and work as a poet, those titles are rarely just descriptive, and my work on them was largely going to waste on the previous version of the site.
Please check out the site at www.lawrenceruss.com . Still, if there’s anything that frustrates you about the revamped state of my site, or anything about it that you’d like to see added or improved, I’d love to hear from you about that. In all events, I hope that you’ll share my enthusiasm over the changes that I’ve made, and that they’ll move you to explore my work even further than before.
Was the Alfred P. Sloan Scholar for the Humanities at the University of Michigan. Obtained a Master of the Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where I was selected as a Writing Fellow in Poetry by the Program faculty. Have published poems, essays and reviews in many magazines, anthologies, reference works, and other publications, including The Nation, The Iowa Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Parabola, OMNI, and the exhibition catalogue for Art at the Edge of the Law at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Received a law degree from the University of Michigan, and have changed the law and created educational programs in the fields of arts law, historic preservation law, and public construction and contracting law in the State of Connecticut. My photographs have appeared in international, national, regional and state juried exhibitions, and have been selected for awards including Honorable Mentions in the Architecture, Fine Art (series), Nature (series), Open Theme (series), Portrait, and Seascape categories from the international Fine Art Photography Awards, and an Honorable Mention in the Fine Art-Other category from the International Photography Awards. Photographs of mine have been selected for exhibition or publications by or in the 2019 International Juried Exhibition of the Center for Photographic Art (Carmel, CA), 2019 International Competition of The Photo Review, the 2019 Open Exhibition of the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins CO, F-Stop Magazine, Shadow & Light Magazine, Black Box Gallery in Portland OR, Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis MN, the Darkroom Gallery in VT, PhotoPlace Gallery in VT, A Smith Gallery in TX, the New Britain Museum of American Art, and many other journals and venues. My work has also been selected for inclusion in the Flatfile Program of Artspace New Haven (CT). My photography website is at www.lawrenceruss.com .