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?


Eastern State Penitentiary

April 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

In March 2015 a trip to Philadelphia, PA, USA took us to Eastern State Penitentiary. ESP was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Planning began in 1787 at the home of Benjamin Franklin. I took 30 years to get to construction underway, with the opening in 1829. Inspired by humanistic principles of the Enlightenment period, it was to be a true penitentiary, a prison designed to create genuine regret and penitence in the criminal's heart. In the end this did not work and in 1913 they gave up the notion of rehabilitation by repentance.

Following the link above you can learn the full history and the current state of preservation at ESP.

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