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. 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.
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.
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.