Art and Fine Photography

        Welcome to Sterling Images Gallery Online! Updated May 11, 2020.

        This was Ron Sterling's first attempt at an online presentation of his photographic art from age 16 to 60. Now he is in his mid-70s.

        This site was established in 2005 and was relatively active until 2010, when he downsized his photography projects in favor of working on and publishing his first book at age 65.

        Thus, what is posted here at present is primarily what existed here in 2013. It is being kept online as a historical record and to provide a link to which the new gallery can point for a reference to its earlier iteration. The new online gallery which will hopefully have a brick and mortar counterpart, can be found by clicking here -- PhotoVentures Gallery.

        PhotoVentures Gallery is up and running and the inventory of fine photographic images from the serious to the silly is being added to on a daily basis.

        The PhotoVentures Gallery online inventory should be substantially completed by end of July 2020. However, that huge inventory of photographs will always be improved and expanded. In addition to signed fine photographic prints and posters, you will also be able to order custom greeting cards, clothing, calendars, and other decor imprinted with Sterling Images.

        A brick and mortar Sterling Images Gallery existed for a short time in West Seattle in late 2009. It was shut down by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development ("DPD") for a "zoning violation." Some of that history can be viewed further below.

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          Celebrating and Remembering the Genius, Full-Tilt Driver: Bruce McLaren.

        Fifty years ago, we lost Bruce McLaren due to a mechanical failure accident at high speed while he test-drove his new Can-Am car at the Goodwood, UK, road-racing track. That was June 2, 1970.

        Nine months earlier, I had done a photographic study of the 1969 Riverside International Raceway LA Times Grand Prix on October 25 and 26, 1969. I also covered the 1970 LA Times Grand Prix and Can-Am race. October 26, 1969 was Bruce's last appearance at Riverside.

        My photographs of Bruce on that day had been lost in my files for over 50 years. I did not even remember seeing the negatives or the proofs of the absolutely priceless and perfect photographs of Bruce in action at Turn 6 that day.

        Since March 10, 2020, I have been digitizing at high resolution the original B&W 35 mm Tri-X film negatives and making prints from 8 x 10 to 24 x 36 inches. Below is a low resolution sample of a high resolution print that will be available for you to purchase within the next few days. More photographs from the 1969 and 1970 LA Times Grand Prix will be available soon.

        This is a one-of-a-kind photograph of Bruce McLaren signaling to pass the Lola driven by Vic Nelli in the 1969 LA Times Grand Prix, Can Am, October 26, 1969. Bruce was notorious for passing wide at Turns 6 and 7. He did not finish the 1969 race due to an accident. His teammate, Denis Hulme finished first. Denis Hulme finished first at Riverside in 1969, 1970 and 1971.

        First place through fourth place in 1969 was Denis Hulme, Chuck Parsons, Mario Andretti, and Dan Gurney. Hulme's average speed for the entire 201.3 mile race was 121 mph. That means that speeds often exceeded 160 mph on the straightaways.

          The Short Story of the Sterling Images Gallery.

        The neighbors did not like the existence of a small, neighborhood-friendly art gallery featuring immediate neighbor-artist art for a total of eight hours per week. They initiated complaints to the DPD who then issued a citation for a zoning violation with deadlines after which fines would become very expensive.

        When not displaying art, the little gallery was a one bedroom guest flat and workshop. In the near future, we will post pictures and some commentary about our ill-fated attempt to bring some pleasure to our neighborhood through a very non-intrusive display of local artist work.

          February 11, 2009 -- Art Walk! -- Dedicated to the Taj Mahal.

        We dedicated our February 11, 2009, West Seattle Art Walk event at Sterling Images Gallery to the Taj Mahal, since the Taj Mahal would not have existed except for the love of the Shah for his third wife, who died while giving birth. What better Valentine to give than a structure that is so pure and so magnificent that it is included in the list of the Seven Wonders of the World.

        As a stunned photographer of the Taj Mahal in 1982, I can tell you this -- I would crawl on hands and knees from the nearest hotel to see it again, under the same ethereal and exquisite conditions.

        We gave out free 8x10 prints of the Taj Mahal to all of our West Seattle Art Walk visitors.

          A Quick Look at the Studio.

          What Was the Duckwalk?   Will it be Back?   (Unfortunately, "No")

        The opening of SIG on August 13, 2009, was such a success that we decided to do a weekly, Thursday evening Duckwalk (like an Art Walk, only way more fun) every Thursday in September and October of 2009. Below is a copy of the official Duckwalk flyer. Weekly drawings for one child and one adult ducky item (t-shirt or calendar) took place.

        The Rackner children were big winners of Duckwalk prizes given away during September and October 2009.

        "Put Your Art Hat On" is an original saying created by Ron Sterling for Sterling Images Gallery, and it means what it says!

          The Gallery Presented King Duck!

        In celebration of Halloween 2009, Sterling Images Gallery ("SIG") presented Ducky Warhol as "King Duck!" He was the host of the First Annual Ducky Warhol Halloween Celebration presented by Ron Sterling and Sarah Fetzer. He was heard saying "I'm dead! You're not! So, have a great Halloween!"

          No Photographs Are For Sale at This Time.

        PLEASE NOTE: This site is no longer actively updated. It exists as a historical record of Sterling's activities in attempting to provide an online gallery extension to a brick and mortar gallery opening in late 2009.

        All photographs currently viewable on this site are here as a historical record and for information and viewing only and not for sale or downloading.

        Several headings appear further below that do not contain any content. They are an outline of content to be redisplayed as we restore the content and continue the development of the new gallery powered by The only photographs available for viewing at this time that were part of the original site are found below under headings "The Guggenheim," "The Cloisters," "Paris Opera House," "Avignon, France," and "Barcelona."

        Posted images are reduced in resolution for easier viewing and they contain watermarks. Purchased prints do not contain watermarks.

        All original prints sold here previously were signed by Ron Sterling.

        Ron Sterling reserves the right to change posted content on this site, including the right to leave current content as is, for historical purposes and information, even when descriptions, pricing, policies and other content may be in error. Otherwise, information related to photographs displayed herein is generally correct but the viewer must keep in mind that no further maintenance of this site is taking place to keep its content as error free as possible.

          Links to Photographs.

        Click on a link below to open a page of thumbnail photographs in a separate window. Click on a thumbnail to view a higher resolution image. More original photographs, including many significant architectural and art pieces that are in the public domain, will be posted here in the near future, as noted below. Several headings further below do not contain any photographs at this time. They represent our future plans on content.

        The Guggenheim Museum, including a wonderful, high resolution photograph of David Smith's metal sculpture, "Cubi I," in the lobby, during the "David Smith -- A Centennial" exhibition that took place February 3 to May 14, 2006.

        The Cloisters Museum, a branch of the Metropolitan Art Museum. Photographs of the famous Unicorn Tapestries, the Crucifix in the reconstructed Apse of San Martin at Fuentiduena, and more.

        Photographs to be added soon: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (several public domain pieces of art and interiors). The Modern Museum of Art (several public domain pieces of art and interiors), and many other New York City landmarks and art.



        Figueres: The Salvador Dali Museum -- My visit there will be told in pictures and text in the near future. An amazing and completely wonderful adult-mind, deep-thinking, and funny place.


          Palau de la Musica Catalana -- Barcelona art nouveau symphony hall (incredible architecture and stained glass ceiling). The only way to photograph the magnificent stained glass ceiling of the symphony hall is to purchase tickets to a performance. There are no comparable high-quality photographs of this stunning stained glass ceiling available on the Internet (last reviewed 07/27/06) except what is posted here. One sample photograph can be viewed by clicking here (more to be posted soon). If you have ever toured the Palau de la Musica, you will want to hang a 20" by 30" print of it in your home or office.

          The Joan Miro Foundation (beautiful art gallery overlooking Barcelona) and many of Miro's public domain pieces.

          Flamenco dancers performing at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes. One photograph is available at this time.

          La Sagrada Familia -- One of the main cathedrals of Barcelona was started in 1882 and is still evolving today. It is in the art nouveau style of Antoni Gaudi.

        Valencia: The very modern architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences which is a series of buildings designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava and started in July 1996. The buildings are an impressive example of modern architecture and include an art gallery, opera house, and science museum.

        Granada: The Alhambra -- Called the jewel of Moorish architecture, it consists of a fortress, two halls of state, and a series of luxury residences (the palace). Yusuf I (1333-1353) and Mohammed V (1353-1391) are responsible for most of the Alhambra that we admire today.

        Sevilla: Photographs of the Alcazar (palace), the museum Belles Artes, and the main cathedral (arguably the largest Roman Catholic cathedral), the Plaza de Espana, and the famous Bridge of Triana.

        Cordoba: The Mezquita -- a grand, eclectic cathedral. The Catholic section of the cathedral is built in the middle of the much larger, older mosque. The Alcazar (Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos) -- 13th century palace built in the Mudejar style during the reign of Alfonso XI. This is the castle where Ferdinand and Isabella met with Columbus to discuss plans for Columbus' trip to the new world.

        Toledo: The hilltop old town at night silhouetted by the rising moon. The main Toledo cathedral and significant art and architecture.

        Madrid: The Prado Museum -- many significant pieces of art. The Royal Palace (Palacio Real) -- home of many of Spain's monarchs which is still used for royal ceremonies.

          Copyright and Purchaser Rights.

        Please Note: As noted at the top of this page, this website and most of its contents were the original online gallery site for Ron Sterling's fine photography. It still displays much of what was present when it was operational for viewing and purchasing prints. However, it is not possible to purchase anything that is displayed on this site at this site since catching up with the technology for that was not possible for Ron from 2015 until this year.

        Although the terms noted below specifying copyright and use of original prints and other purchaseable rights no longer applies to the photographs displayed here, they are the same general terms that are used at Ron's new online gallery site.

        Please Also Note: Copyright and trademark protections apply to all content, including design aspects of Sterling Images. We ask you not to attempt to copy or to actually copy in any manner, by printout, photography of screen images, capturing or using the Print Screen button, any images for anything other than personal use.

        If you wish to share content from this website, please provide a link to the page you wish to share, and not copy and paste the page into an email or add as an attachment.

        Thank you for your kind consideration of artistic and creative material that is sold and shared for profit to pay the bills.

        That gallery changes every day since it is rapidly developing and currently featuring a growing list of photographic prints thought to be lost and not available until now. They display Sterling's almost unimitatible style for photographing and portraying the Can-Am race cars of the 1969 and 1970 Riverside Raceway LA Times Grand Prix races.

        Unless a purchaser has purchased other media rights from Ron Sterling, purchasers of fine art prints rendered from photographs displayed on this Web site are for personal use only and certain restrictions apply.

        Purchasers of these fine art prints are entitled to certain discounts for further licensing rights, such as for the purchase of digital screen saver images. Unless by special arrangement, all digitally-released images contain invisible and traceable Digimarc copyright notices and, unless further rights are purchased, they are for personal use only and not for distribution or remarketing.

          Thank You for Visiting!

                   Best wishes!   Ron Sterling

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