Website Refresh: New Galleries, New Work

You’re invited to the online opening of my “Speed of Light” Galleries, featuring three portfolios of new work.  In addition, the Website has been refreshed with simplified navigation and some existing galleries have been updated with new images.  I welcome you to click through the site and would love to hear your feedback - just hit the Contact link to send me an email.  While you’re there, subscribe to the mailing list to receive update emails on activities and posts to my “Reflections 2016” Online Photo Journal.

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Reflections 2016, March 27


“In nature there is very little we can control. We can only be open to each situation, each opportunity, and be aware of how we’re reacting to it. We can control how we react to what’s happening.” 

 - Robert Rodriguez Jr. from “Insights from the Creative Path”, one of his Eight Principles of Nature Photography 

Carmel River Beach… one of my frequent destinations for hiking and photography. Here the Carmel River flows into the Pacific at the intersection of a rocky, sandy beach and a coastal lagoon and estuary. It is one of the most changeable, shifting beach environments I have visited.  My latest “Reflections 2016” post features images that capture my reactions to changing opportunities at this unique place.

“Reflections 2016” is my version of an online sketchbook or photo journal. I invite you to check it out and share your thoughts.

Reflections 2016, March 12


“The nude does not simply represent the body, but relates it, by analogy, to all structures
that have become part of our imaginative experience.”

 - Sir Kenneth Clark, (1903-1983) Director, The National Gallery, BBC Cultural Broadcaster, author “The Nude: A Study of Ideal Art”

A studio session with Fotosaga Women’s Photography Group provided an opportunity to work with a nude model. My latest “Reflections 2016” post includes studies from that session exploring the human form and motion.

“Reflections 2016” is my version of an online sketchbook or photo journal. I invite you to check it out and share your thoughts.

Reflections 2016, February 1

“Photographs side by side cannot help being mutually affected. Transpose them, the meaning changes.”                - Minor White, 1976 

Two recent events have got me thinking more about the importance of how photographs are presented to the viewer, whether in a virtual or physical gallery. One event was an exhibition at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego titled “The Time Between: The Sequences of Minor White”. The other is a current installation of small images at Carmel Visual Arts Studio by Fotosaga, a group of women photographers which I am associated with. That’s the theme for my February 1st post in “Reflections 2016”.

New Online Water Galleries

In conjunction with an exhibit opening this Saturday, January 30th at Carmel Visual Arts Studio, I have expanded my online Rain portfolio to include additional Water-themed Galleries called “Flow” and “Ripple”.  A selection of these images will be part of a unique small-scale installation in the spirit of Japanese photographer, Masao Yamamoto.  The photos are seen as visual haikus displayed as a collection. This installation is an addition to the main exhibition of work by Jeff Nixon.  Join us for the Artists Reception from 5-7pm…and check out my website for a preview.

Reflections 2016, January 17


For the second bi-monthly post to “Reflections 2016” dated January 17, I am featuring a small series of images influenced by the way manmade structures connect and divide space. In these studies, I am experimenting with the dual concepts of natural / manmade and foreground / background tension.

“Reflections 2016” is my version of an online sketchbook or photo journal.  I invite you to check it out and share your thoughts.

New Fire Gallery: Dance of Flames Images


…To the opening of my new online gallery featuring a series of Fire and Flame images .

Flames are the visible part of a fire, gaseous but sometimes dense enough to be considered plasma. The dance of flames is a mesmerizing sensory experience…the hypnotic movement of light and form meditative – engaging our attention to quiet the mind. It’s a fascinating photographic study that I plan to expand in the future. You can visit the Fire Gallery at:  While you’re there, check out some of my other galleries and sign up for the mailing list. As always, I welcome your thoughts.

Reflections 2016, January 1


I am kicking off the year with a bi-monthly website feature called “Reflections 2016”.  This is my version of an online sketchbook or photo journal for sharing thoughts and images that don’t necessarily fit into my current themed portfolios of ongoing work. They might be images from a photography workshop project, new ideas I am exploring, creative inspirations from books, movies, or music… or they may simply be captures of an extraordinary subject or moment that catches my eye in the course of the day.  

The theme for this first post is Self-Reflection, based on the following quote:

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
- Anais Nin

I’m sharing several Self-Portraits, including this one called “Face to Face”.

Love to have you check it out… Reflections 2016

Website Launch

I’m excited to share with you the official launch of my website:

Debra Achen Fine Art Photography

Home Page Image

I invite you to visit the site and check out my image galleries. Your feedback is very welcome.  I have plans to add a fun new feature in 2016 that will have regular updates and the gallery images will change as work-in-progress is completed.  So do take a minute to subscribe to the mailing list to receive update alerts. Thanks for your interest and support.  I look forward to hearing from you.


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