Sunday, March 29, 2009

We're having our second show at the Wallkill River Gallery. The back of the show-card says:

"An exhibition of oil paintings and black and white photographs in the main galleries of the historic Patchett House, home of the Wallkill School and Gallery.

April 1-30, 2009

Reception on Saturday April 4th, from 5 - 8 PM"

Any of you who can make it to the show will enjoy seeing the Patchett House at the very least. It's a mid 19th century structure that has been beautifully restored. It's located at 232 Ward Street (17K) in Montgomery, New York. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday 9AM to 6PM
The webaddress is:

We'd love to see any of you who can drop by for the opening, or hear from you if you visit the show during April.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sunday, the 15th of March, was a gorgeous and springlike day. I couldn't wait to get out of the house and exercise myself and the camera which I did with great pleasure. Before I hiked at Goose Pond Mountain State Park, I stopped at the bottom of the "hill" we live on to photograph these images at Walton Lake. The top image is of a fence that separates the public access part of the lake from someone's teensy little postage stamp plot of lake front. The bottom image is of two of the aluminum fishing boats that have wintered over rather badly topside up in the rain and snow. A couple of guys have some serious bailing to do!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Here are yet a couple more from my perambulations around the pond at Goose Pond Mountain State Park two weeks ago. I've titled them as "Winter Light" one and two, but they're really not images that should be titled beyond the imperatives of time and place. Were "winter light" to be a meaningful title, there would have to be less than one percent of the gazillion images that call themselves that to be significant.

They have yet to be printed. I am about to embark on a toning journey that may deepen the sense of mood and light, and these are grist for that exploration. We'll see.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Here are another three from yesterday (March 8th) at Goose Pond Mountain State Park. I've returned here over and over again for several years now, and I recognize in photographing it, the same mentality I seem to exhibit when I buy clothes. Blue, denim, khaki., blue, denim, khaki, white., blue, denim, khaki, white with stripes, black, black black...etc. etc. These negative scans may become prints eventually. They're 6x7 negatives that I've cropped to my nearly obsessively favored squares. They will almost certainly end up being toned with thiocarbamide and selenium, so what you see here isn't really what they'll look like. And...I've Photo Shopped them a good bit in the manner I will likely utilize when I'm printing them for real, so they're not really pure scans at all. Anyway...the joy is in the discovery and the execution, and the next best part is yet to come, i.e. the darkroom. I would abandon photography in a heartbeat if I had no recourse but a completely digital continuum. The irony is that digitizing film is my absolute first choice in previewing negatives...I've not made a contact sheet in years. But, after that, the "real" photographic process begins for me, and I get to retreat to my warm, and cozy darkroom. Will the weekend never come! ;-)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Today was a gorgeous respite from the last few wintry weeks. I can only hope that we've seen the last of ice and snow, but I'm hedging my bets on that...we'll see. My younger son was born on April 8th, two days after a monstrous blizzard of 14 inches or so of snow on April 6th 1982, so who knows. I'm going to hang up the shovel and drain the snow blower; I could be wrong! ;-)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

After a reflective week following the portfolio review, I'm enthusiastic about my work...I feel empowered to make my own decisions, and utterly comfortable being dismissive of the bullshit that one reviewer had a hard time defining as "contemporary photography". Of the six people who evaluated my portfolio, most were very enthusiastic, one was exceptionally helpful, another was indifferent, and the rest spanned the gamut in between.

These two images were made on February 28th, and represent a direction I'm eager to continue pursuing. The chaos of nature is utterly hypnotic to me, and I hope to become yet more attune to the order that, nonetheless, resides therein.