2Days, 2 Posts

January 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

OK, this is not likely to continue, though I really should post more often. I got more good news today.

Some months ago I had sent a PDF to Lenswork Publishing. If you follow photography, and especially black & white photography, you may have some familiarity with Lenswork Magazine. It's one of the premiere photographic publications. On their Lenswork Online service, members have opportunities to access various resources. One of the things they do is publish members' PDFs. If you're not familiar with PDFs, they are like E-Books. The idea is to put out the one's the publishers think are among the best submitted.

All that to let you know how gratified I am that ESP was just added. If you are not a Lenswork member, you can access the PDF at this link.

 


73rd Annual Connecticut Artists Juried Exhibition

January 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Sunday was receiving for the annual exhibition. Last year I was fortunate to get one image in, and it was purchased, a real shock as these things are not known for generating sales. The gallery manager was excited to tell me who had bought it, Wally Lamb. Mr. Lamb is a well known author in this area, I admit to knowing nothing about his notoriety elsewhere. That Mr. Lamb would choose to have Vertigo in his life was gratifying to me.  VertigoVertigoAccepted
72nd Annual Connecticut Artists Juried Exhibition

On view February 7 through March 18, 2016.
Now in its 72nd year, the Annual CT Artists Juried Exhibition features paintings, drawings, mixed media, sculpture, graphics and photography by resident artists of Connecticut.
For 2017 I again submitted two images (they max you out at two) and was really pleased to find that both were accepted. 

In the Pig Palace is a moody piece. The image of a sink, part of a window and the pipe and faucet. I captured this in Glen Ellen, California at Jack London State Park. It's in a round brick building that London called the pig palace. It was used for the care, feeding and, I assume, ultimate dispatching of his pigs. In the Pig PalaceIn the Pig PalaceThis photograph was accepted into the 73rd Annual Connecticut Artists Juried Exhibition at the Slater Museum in January 2017.

 

Room 101, a title derived from George Orwell's 1984 is the image of a cell in the Eastern State Penitentiary. It's located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The prison has been closed and was abandoned. Now it is being preserved as a museum, of sorts. It's not being refurbished, but some areas are being cleaned up, this cell was not. The story of the penitentiary is an interesting one and I would commend to you its history. It was controversial from the start, the idea being isolation in these cells with only the light from heaven, each cell had a skylight, the Bible and work to instill repentance for the crimes committed. It put me in mind of Orwell's use of Room 101 the 'torture chamber' in 1984. "You asked me once, what was in Room 101. I told you that you knew the answer already. Everyone knows it. It's the worst thing in the world. Orwell was referring to one's own worst fears.

Room 101Room 101In Orwell's '1984' Room 101 is a torture chamber in the Ministry of Love, in which the Party attempts to subject a prisoner to his or her own worst nightmare, fear or phobia, with the object of breaking down their resistance.

"You asked me once, what was in Room 101. I told you that you knew the answer already. Everyone knows it. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world."

In the penitentiary the prisoner (penitent) was supposed to come to terms with his crime. In the vaulted, skylit cell, the prisoner had only the light from heaven, the word of God (the Bible) and honest work to lead to penitence.

This photograph was accepted into the 2016 annual f-Stops Here juried show at Hygienic Art in New London, CT, USA.

 

If you should be in the area, you might drop by the museum to see the exhibit, it is on view January 22 through March 17, 2017. The opening is Sunday, January 22nd from 1-3 pm in the Converse Art Gallery, in the Slater Museum in Norwich, CT.


Meet me at no special place, and I'll be there at no particular time. — Terker, Pyle, Robinson

August 15, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Which Way Did They GoWhich Way Did They Go Going through FB this morning, as usual [sigh]. A FB friend, photographer, and workshop instructor that I studied with in 2014, Sean Kernan, posted a link to a piece one of his recent students wrote. It was a part of the class I remember well, a writing assignment on the first day of Creativity for the Photographer, at Maine Media Workshops. Scary. Find a person you don't know, observe that person, and using those observations write the beginning of a fictional story about them. Who? Me?

The class was in a building less than a mile down the hill from the campus in Rockport, Maine. Being nervous, I went down early to look around. I'm sorry now that I didn't get a picture of the woman I met that morning. The character is based on her, but the assignment we got later that day was not to get a photograph but to create a literary picture of an imaginary character.

I followed Sean's link to Patricia Christakos' blog and the story she wrote. The memory of doing the same assignment inspired me to emulate her action. And so, this is what I had written:

Her son had been in the Navy, a submariner. She wished he was still at home, that anyone was still at home. But she had her dog Jupiter and that was enough, most of the time. Walking unsteadily down the hill toward the harbor, Jupiter a little in front and then a little behind, she asked a stranger to lead her down so that she would know if Larry started to move the truck that was down the hill offloading a large boat. She wore large sunglasses, the kind old men in Florida wear, you know the type, they wear white cotton belts with nautical themed designs, on white shorts, and black shoes and socks. The glasses protected her remaining vision. Lined leathery skin, like a worn and overused alligator bag, hung loose on her arm as she pointed toward the truck, "I never know when Larry's going to take off in that thing and he has to watch his load, he might not see me here". She wasn't a native Mainer. Dan, her husband was in the Coast Guard and they were moved to Maine years ago. He had died of a sudden heart attack ten years back. She stayed. If wasn't hard. Folks in town were nice enough but it was tough until Jupiter showed up year or so later. Sometimes people thought that she believed the dog was her reincarnated husband, she didn't, and she didn't care if they thought that.
 
 

ESP - The Dream of Redemption

May 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I've decided to make this available on Blurb. There's a good bit of time invested in this small book and I thought it better not to keep it to myself, which is mostly what I do. Have a look. If you like it I would be very happy if you told others via Facebook or other social media. It is on sale at Blurb, and you can purchase a paper copy there.

On June 6th I'll be presenting a program at the Connecticut Valley Camera Club on my journey to creating this book. It was quite a trip as I twisted through Lightroom, Photoshop, Inkscape and others, not to mention the visit to Eastern State on one of the coldest days in 2015.

As always, I consider this a learning experience and hope it will propel me to create new work. Having an appreciative audience helps, too.


Photo 11 at the Norwich Arts Center

May 03, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Today there is good news for me again (I'll go into the earlier news later). This photo was picked, and received Honorable Mention, at the Norwich Art Center's Photo 11 event. The opening is Friday May 6th, from 6 to 8pm, and the show runs until May29th. The gallery is located at 60 Broadway in Norwich, CT.

 I call this image Casement Captives. It is a relatively early attempt, on my part, to do compositing in Photoshop. Three shots from a stationary position of these characters in the windows of the Bread and Puppet Museum's barn in Glover, VT. It required a bit of massaging to get this to come together, but I think it works. Now that I've reacquainted myself with this image from several years ago, maybe its worth looking at a real triptych version?

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