Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hello...we're back and at a new address in Santa Fe

Actually it's not that I'm at fork in the road, I just like this shot taken by my wife. Rush Creek Editions relocated the first of the year to 4002 Old Santa Fe Trail (a mile from Museum Hill at East Zia Rd). It's a cool new studio, best yet. We are running all the Adobe Cloud and printing on big Epson's, up to 64" wide roll stock. Kim Richardson is shooting art for us and making prints with me. Our garden is blooming nicely here at the southeast side of town. So with a bunch of new clients and the familiar faces from the last nine years it looks like 2015 will be a very good year for the creek! Steve

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What's in a Name? Everything and a New Chop!

As a celebration of our new co-brand, we have created a new website, found at Look for our specials coming this fall.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Thinkin bout all that matters

It's Sunday and I am in between the pundits, playing guitar, gardening and my thoughts.  First of all, I wish the Sunday news shows would not book Anne Coulter. She can make even George Will sound reasonable. Back to the blog! Sundays are usually very lazy and not full of introspection, but seeing that my writer's block has lifted here goes...

All that matters, now that's a theme if I ever heard one! I am alive and kickin after a close call with my arteries and heart, but thanks to a great surgeon, Richard Gerety and his team I am on the mend. There is a lesson here, what you eat and how much exercise you get is directly related to your health.  It's really a big deal and I never really gave it much thought and now it's foremost in my day to day. The doc said, "live life more like an athlete and less like a nerd." I have already started.

Speaking of politics and what matters, Obamanos does. That's what we call him here in the land of enchantment. Bearing his middle road tendencies,     he is the right choice and now that we are in the stretch  I believe that the message of a strong middle class as an engine for the economy is on target. After all we buy all the goods and services, except for the bombs. I guess we buy them too, our tax dollars hard at work. The dems seem to be more compassionate towards the people and the environment so they have my vote this time. Mitt Romney, is that the best they could do?

Music matters! Everything sounds beautiful after you have a touch with mortality. The guitar has come to me and I am grateful. I grew up with guitarists around me,    I was a drummer back then and my pals all played guitar. I was always a sucker for a great solo. I was free in my rhythm making to really listen, wow so much emotion. In fact I was there a couple of times to help buy a guitar for my friends who played, an honor! Now it's my turn, I just hope my cramped figures will free up and find the notes and chords I am looking for. I am jazzed.

Speaking of jazz, I want to put in a good word for my dad's pal, drummer Shelly Manne who died in 1984.   He was such an inspiration to me and so many other musicians. I grew up sitting stage left at the Manne Hole in Hollywood listening to all the greats. Hearing and seeing them put so much heart into the music gave me a sense of true passion over much of my life.
There is a powerful message in jazz, you can hear it when the players bring back the melody after the solos, harmonize and duet and give us the gift one more time as we wait for it to shower over us again.

Which reminds me, we have had some rain as of late and the whole region is grateful for the moisture. My garden is going in late this year for obvious reasons, but I am glad to be working again outside. No veggies this time, but perennials, that's the theme this late in the summer.  Lavender and roses take center stage with some "pink adobes." We are movin out the gravel and replacing it with walking bark mulch. Softer on the feet and the eyes. It pleases me to plant and tend a garden. It's funny, when I lived in California I didn't care as much, but the growing season is short in New Mexico and with the water being so precious I felt it was my duty and privilege. It's my fifth year gardening.

Now the close.  If there was anything to glean  from these last few months, it's the the power of friendship. I am humbled by all of you, your love and concern, the smiles and tears, work and food, the presence in my life.  Thank you all.

Love Z

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Where to begin, if you haven't heard Rush Creek has moved and now is located in the heart of Santa Fe just off St. Francis and Agua Fria at 413 Salazar Place. I am always around, I live here too. Wonderful house, very comfortable digs, everything fits including the big Epsons and my film production office.

Saturday February 11th at 3pm there's an open house party
at the Creek and everyone is invited!  Please rsvp at

This winter the Creek has been busy printing large for a bunch of folks here and in California (fun and challenging to make em big) including; Caren Alpert, Robert Stivers, Lynn Lown, High Desert, Vic Lee, Renie Haiduk, Carola Clift, Christopher Benson, Susan Ressler and of course Jamey Stillings (below).

In addition I completed projects for Meridel Rubinstein, Joanne Teasdale, Juliet Wood, Neil Schauf, Ron Whitmore at Artisans, Beals Abbate, Patricia Curtis,
Howard Stein, Genevieve Russell, Terry Heffernan, Philip Metcalf, Jane Bernard, Lisa Folino. Thank you one and all.

I am also teaching workshops on printing for photographers and serious amateurs as well as a special project for curators and archivists, a comprehensive program to further their understanding of the digital medium. A complete offering of workshops
and schedules will be forthcoming.

Wait, there's more...

This year I am also an adjunct instructor at IAIA College (Institute of American Indian Arts), teaching Senior Portfolio for the Studio Arts department and learning the Native American aesthetic. I will also lecture in February at The Santa Fe University of Art and Design) on the business of photography for Maryanne Redding the new Chair of Photography there. Sharing knowledge is becoming more important with every passing day and it's fun be back in that environment.

My opus, 291 finished principal photography last November on the short, "Looking for Mr. Stieglitz" which is now in edit. I am so excited I can hardly wait. Hope to screen the film in Santa Fe and San Francisco Bay Area in May of this year and then off to film festivals and with luck Hollywoodland.

Just re-capping it all makes me want to just find a warm beach in the Mediterranean and read more magical realism and mystery......for now it's back to work....and breakfast for Mr. Boots!


PS  For those of you who don't know Mr. Boots, well come to the party and take a meeting.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Last Night At The Creek

Well it's been two years since we moved to the Lena Street Lofts
(off Second Street) and it's been a good run durning the most difficult
economic times I have experienced.

If you are wondering why I have changed so much, (it's not me) it's just
that Buster Keaton illustrates my point...times are tuff. So two months
ago I put into motion a plan that might help create some prosperity for
me and the Creek. Consolidation, but not like the big guys do. Instead
I am going to once again live and work in one space, 413 Salazar Place
right here in the 87501 (Santa Fe). It was not an easy decision for me.
I originally move to the "Land of Enchantment" to, well be enchanted.
So I have lived in the countryside for the last five years and now for the
first time I am going to get out of my truck and walk to the co-op, farmers
market and even a little cafe around the corner. On paper it all makes too
much sense and will save me enough to get HBO and even go to Italy.

The new space is very roomy and comfortable.....a party for all my friends!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Where are the prints?

After a summer of heavy duty forest fires, the worst air quality in memory and a sputtering economy here in the southwest,  I'm ready for a vacation, aren't you? Which brings me to the point of this blog posting. Thanks to smart phones, ie; blackberry, iphone, android and a host of others, photography has taken yet again another turn since digital. As a friend just told me..."we are all photographers now!" Of course he is right and our new medium of presentation is online; Facebook, Flickr, Websites, email and even this blog. Billions of pics everyday produced as content, from the personal to the promotional, from the silly to the life transforming. As for the quality, well that's actually getting better and better too. Our world in photographs, 2011.

Only fifteen years ago 95 percent of all photos were printed in one way or another, including proof sheets, reference prints, fine art prints, books, posters, magazines, newspapers, snap shots - the whole circus. Now, just fifteen years later....not so, now maybe 5% on a really "good" day. So not only is there less work printed, but the stand alone digital camera is also becoming something only used by the serious minded photog or videographer, (that might be a good thing actually).

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Technology is our friend and our enemy, so we have to adapt, so what does that mean for us. Well, I have already given up on making lots of small prints for clients and now concentrate on the really big ones for exhibition and sales up to 64" wide by any length, "don't try this a home kids." Also, I am now doing workshops, teaching digital printing  and even an up coming workshop for curators and gallerists so they can understand what they are now having to look at, archive and present.

These changes are challenging for everyone. When I started printing of 40 years ago there were challenges then, including learning color and the dance with Kodak.  Now it's Epson, Canon, HP, Roland, producing printers and ink and a dozen paper companies. Still a great print is a thing of beauty and I make them everyday and say often, right out loud, "I like that."

Saturday, May 14, 2011


I have recently come to realize that over the last five years most of my clients have been women. Bright, articulate, creative, imaginative, political, passionate, talented, deep, worldly, beautiful, precise, romantic, experimental, carefree, loving, nurturing, earthly, stylish and every other possible description you can imagine an artist and her work can be attributed too.

For me, as a printer and as a man I have found the experience to be wonderful, fulfilling and thought provoking. In my professional and personal life I have strived for and not always attainted, an understanding of how the opposite sex sees the world. It is somewhat different than men, but in the final analysis, it is all artists and their creations that bring us joy, challenge and amaze us, which makes the world a more interesting place to live in. I would like to honor and thank those women I have had the privilege to print for:

Susan Thelwell  Susan Stella  Toni Greaves  Tushita  Wendy Jordan
Valerie Romano.