Rich Smukler Retrospective at La Rondine Gallery in Bagni di Lucca


Como TristeLa Rondine Gallery is located in the beautiful Northern Tuscan village of Ponte a Serraglio in the commune of Bagni di Lucca. Since the Renaissance, this village has attracted artists of all disciplines to take refuge and rest in its thermal valley and spectacular vistas. Smukler had studied photography for seven summers at TPW (Tuscano Photographic Workshop) is San Quirico D’Orcia. He was blessed with the opportunity to study with such photographic luminaries as Arno Rafael Minkkinen (known world-wide and himself a student with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind), Sandro Santioli (lauded by many for his mastery of landscape photography), Bob Sasha (known for his photographic story telling and winner of a Pulitzer, Emmy and Webby) and David Alan Harvey (named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association).

Though Lucca is to the north, Tuscany is like a second home to Smukler and represents a milestone in his career. For 2 special weeks, a solo show of his works will be on exhibit for townspeople  and visitors alike. The opening reception is Saturday, June 6th at 6 to 9 pm. The show will run until June 14, 2015. There is no charge for admission.

Rich Smukler currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile)

How Would You Design Your Law Office?


An eon or two ago, I opened my first law office in Philadelphia. It was a modest space to say the least. But, I invested more than I had for a nice desk, furnishings, carpet and a couple of pieces of art work. I thought it looked pretty nice. One of my first potential clients sat across from me and asked how much I’d charge for a simple will.  I quoted the going fee of fifty dollars. She laughed at me and said, “I’m not going to pay for your fancy carpet!”  So, you see, you can’t win them all. It did get me thinking, however, about what I should consider when assembling my professional office.

IMG_7151_2 print_17 x 22 copy copyAs a young lawyer, I flew more on intuition and didn’t give it all that much thought. As years went on, I began to sort out some reasoning behind my approach to this task. Here are some of my suggestions. As a litigator, I realized that many of my clients’ cases could last for years. From a practical point of view, I want to maintain a strong relationship with this client from beginning to end. I am certain that over the span of a protracted litigation clients might question whether they might want to take their case elsewhere, not fully understanding the nature of the law and why things seem to be going nowhere fast. Hence, Rule One: The office should portray a symbol of success. After all, the client typically is looking for a financial reward at the end of the rainbow. What can say that better than elegant artwork that is tastefully framed and lit?

My office space hosted clients, opposing counsel, experts, and of course was a workplace for my staff and mysBlueself. Depositions, client meetings, day to day office work, all was the functionality of where I spent so much of my time. This leads us to Rule Two: Your office should be designed to create a peaceful, serene workplace. Of course, tastes differ, but much thought should go into considering what you think works best for you.

Rule Three: Make the space your own. The office should say something about you: your diplomas, personal pictures, objects that set you apart from the rest of the pack. It will make your clients feel more comfortable and at ease, thereby creating an environment that will be more likely to breed successful interaction. My mentor collected clocks, for example. His office was filled with beautiful and interesting timepieces of all varieties. Every fifteen minutes on the hour they would all ring and fill his office with a symphony of sound. This was always good for a laugh and a short break from the tedium of the day. Be careful, however, to decorate your office with such objects with a sense of style and grace. We still want the office to say, “This is a place where serious business takes place.”

To sum up, give deep thought to this overall process. If you feel overwhelmed, or over-matched, consider a professional to help you select artwork, lighting, furniture, office design, etc. And hope that none of your clients laugh at you and balk at paying for your fancy carpet.

Rich Smukler currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida. He is a certified mediator and qualified arbitrator. As a photographer, his works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile)

Residence Inn Hotel in New York City acquires BOW DOWN by Rich Smukler


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Marriott’s Residence Inn Hotel at 170 Broadway, New York City,  in conjunction with Indiewalls, Inc., has acquired “Bow Down” by Rich Smukler  as part of its permanent collection. “Bow Down”  is an image taken of a rusting ship soon to meet its fate on the Miami River in Florida. This image recently exhibited at CAC, The Las Vegas, Nevada Contemporary Arts Center (25th Annual Juried Show, 2014). Copies of this startling extract will grace each of the 243 rooms in the hotel.

Smukler_BowDown Located in the heart of the financial and World trade Center areaStonehill & Taylor, the New York architecture and interior design firm, is currently transforming an existing office building into a new hotel property targeted for the business traveler and tourist alike. The design is inspired by the energy of the neighborhood generated by the business-centric atmosphere and efficient use of time and money.843

Rich Smukler currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile)

 

Radisson Blu Adds “Cross” To Permanent Collection


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The Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts in Minneapolis, Minnesota in conjunction with Indiewalls, Inc., has acquired “Cross” by Rich Smukler  as part of its permanent collection. “Cross” is an image taken in an abandoned marble quarry in Apuan Alps, near Pietrasanta in northwestern Tuscany. This area is known for the quality of marble used by Michelangelo.

“Cross” had earned distinction at San Diego Art Institute’s (Museum of the Living Artist) 50th International Award Exhibition (2009), The Elliottt Museum’s 7th Annual Juried Art Show 2012 (Stuart, Florida), The Elmhurst Art Museum’s National Art Premiere 2012 (Elmhurst, Illinois), and The Saco Museum (Saco, Maine) 2012.  CrossThe Radisson Blu is located at 35 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, Minn. Stonehill and Taylor is the  architecture and interior design firm established in New York City in 1986 that curated the collection.

Rich Smukler currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile)843

A few thoughts for the New Year


Got da GigglesI’d like to thank all of you who have been following my Blog over the years, amazingly since 2011!  It has been a labor of love and heart-warming to know that some of my meanderings are shared with you. I would encourage you to please exchange your thoughts and comments. I love expressing my experiences about photography: the technical aspects, the practical solutions to common problems, the artistry of my endeavors, etc. And I enjoy hearing what thoughts or concerns any of you might have.

I know that some of you are serious photographers, designers, fine art professionals, lawyers, realtors, and on and on. Photography is an endless journey which explores one’s personal vision pitted against an ever changing and expanding technology. To know your camera, your computer, your printer, and all that goes with this technology only serves to challenge the way you see and feel about life.

May you enjoy a healthy and amazing 2015. I hope to hear from you!

Rich Smukler currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile)

ARLES, FRANCE – The Spiritual Home of VAN GOGH


Arles, FranceArles is one of the most popular destinations in Provence, famous for its significant Roman heritage. It is the spiritual home of Van Gogh, and you will see how this artist was so inspired by the beautiful countryside in this region of France.

Most of the roman and medieval monuments are within walking distance in the old town and can be covered easily on foot in a day. 

Rich Smukler currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile)

Musee d’Orsay, Paris


The clock at Musee d"Orsay Musée d’Orsay  is a museum in Paris, France, on the left bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. To my way of thinking, though certainly discovered by the public, it provides far more breathing room than its better-known counterpart, The Louvre.

This shot was taken from inside the museum. The iconic clock, oft photographed, looks over the Seine. If you allow your eye to follow further, you will eventually reach Montmartre, known for its many artists. 

Rich Smukler currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile)