Several years ago, a woman who knew my sister, came to me with a photo project. I am not sure why she thought I was right for this, but she had seen my photography someplace or had heard about me through someone, and she asked me if I would be interested in doing some photography for a small book she would eventually name, "At Home with Art." Art? I must of asked. I consider myself a portrait photographer and a wedding photographer. I like people. They are unpredictable, but there is so much joy in being able to capture a child's image or an intimate moment between a bride and groom. Art seemed like a unique challenge. More challenging was that she wanted me to photograph these works in the owners own home. Over several weeks, we invaded some rather wealthy individuals houses in search of a way to capture their art work in its residing environment. It turned out to be a unique learning experience and Megan Winchell Peter published her book which gives some sound advice on where you really should hang that painting. I doubt that I have photographed a piece of artwork in any form since, but last Thursday, I found myself taking pictures of art again. I was working for F.I.G. catering and brought my camera to take pictures of the food, but as I sat amongst the work of Frederico Uribe, I couldn't help but want to point the camera all over the gallery. He works with shell casings. Used ones. If you take a closer look at these photos, it is mind boggling the painstaking care and time it must take to construct any one of these sculptures or three dimensional paintings. All I could think is that it must be love. But what he accomplishes with these casings goes beyond that. The free standing animals display attitude. Everyone of them has personality. How Uribe manages to create so much emotional impact with shell casings is a something nothing short of amazing. As a photographer, I was nothing but excited by the opportunity to interpret his work in pictures.