city arts cooperative

post its 3

post its 2

post its 4

After class last night at CityArts Cooperative I noticed the fantastic pattern and color of these glowing Post-its. Thanks to the angle of the setting sun, the office window of sticky notes and their shadows came alive. I couldn’t get enough of them!


What’s for Dinner

panama city florida fisherman

panama city fisherman

panama city fisherman

I encountered Charlie walking downtown with a camouflage wrapped bundle on his shoulder. I asked what was inside and he began unpacking a pile of scorpion fish and tuna.  He had just returned from days out in the Gulf and he was walking homeward with his share of extras, and some dinner rolls.

More than Graffiti

dg lamp

dg fish

dg interactive

dg blooming cereus

dg cellphone blooming cereus

dg blooming cereus on phone 2

dg sarah head shadow

dg grassy shadows

dg bw window

dg house

dg sarah shoes

dg sarah 3

dg waterwall on phone

What fun! Digital Graffiti, a projection art festival at Alys Beach. Watching visitors wander through the narrow streets in the dark, interact, and become part of the art (intentionally and unintentionally) makes this really fantastic.

Summer Cottage

conneaut ohio summer cottage

cottage windows glowing

cottage purple

cottage lace window

cottage seesaw

cottage snow limit

cottage grafitti

cottage window in light

conneaut path

conneaut lakehouse side

conneaut blinds

cottage out

conneaut roof windows

conneaut waves

Forgotten summer cottages on Lake Erie. Think of all the memories made here!


lilydale dream

lilydale lawn chais

lilydale tigerlily

Ahhhh…summer. My favorite time of year.

Back to the Basics

rosemary round awning

apalach armory

rosemary boxer

rosemary main street

rosemary bikes

rosemary pearl

rosemary peeling paint

rosemary roof

st. joe parking lot crack

st. joe ladder

apalach dock

rosemary rental bikes

eden gardens camelia

apalach episcopal church

Always refreshing to shoot in black and white – so easy on the eyes! Here are a few from my Florida Panhandle wanderings in the last few months.

Summer Photography Classes


 Summer 2015 Photography Classes
by Bonnie Tate @ CityArts Co-op

I’m excited to be teaching these classes this summer…more to come!

June 9 – July 7, 2015
Creative Photography for Beginners   A hands on class for learning about camera operation. Start from scratch and become familiar with your camera’s most important features, and how they translate into the photograph. This course covers ISO, aperture & shutter speed, light metering, focus, focal length and more. Lessons include outdoor practice. Camera required. *Best for DSLRs or camera with “Manual” mode but all cameras welcome! 
5 week course, meets Tuesdays evenings, 5-7pm. $150

June 10 – July 8, 2015
The Master’s Eye   Develop your eye and learn some photography history by looking at the masters. Each week a new photographer will be presented and we will discuss how they made their mark with style, lighting, composition and other techniques – and how they achieved the shots from a technical standpoint. Your weekly assignment will be to make your own photograph drawing from their style. An idea generating class that will challenge you! Recommended for those who have a good understanding of their camera. Camera required. 5 week course, meets Wednesday evenings, 5pm – 7pm. $150

June 26 & July 10, 2015 (choose one)  10am – 1pm
Camera-less Photography for Kids   Travel back to the early days of photography when the first pictures were made without cameras! Cyanotypes (also called sunprints) are exposed using sunlight and produce a deep blue print. Kids practice artful composition, see the photographic process in action, develop their images, and take home one of a kind prints. Bring small objects to arrange (feathers, lace, flowers, trinkets). A 3 hour workshop, ages 6-14. $25 per child.

August Evenings, 2015 (Dates TBA)
Night Photography   An exciting niche that comes alive with experimentation and photographic “rule breaking!” Practice the techniques and camera settings that make great nightshots. Try hand-held, long exposures, and painting with light in a variety of local spots. Tripod and camera required. 5 week course, meets one night per week. $150

To sign up, email me at or call 850.238.2077.

Happy Memorial Day

boy on porch with flag

Florida Trail in Fall

















And a good time was had by all on this beautiful section of the Florida Trail that runs beside Econfina Creek. Especially this young pup Sayde who ran the whole way, back and forth, at least 16 miles.


Dreams in the Dusk

gypsy st. andrews marina sept 2014

mon st. andrews marina portrait

mon st. andrews marina silhouette

st. andrews marina sunset sept 2014

Dreams in the Dusk

By Carl Sandburg

Dreams in the dusk,
Only dreams closing the day
And with the day’s close going back
To the gray things, the dark things,
The far, deep things of dreamland.

Dreams, only dreams in the dusk,
Only the old remembered pictures
Of lost days when the day’s loss
Wrote in tears the heart’s loss.

Tears and loss and broken dreams
May find your heart at dusk.