On Wednesday evening, April 5, I really enjoyed the opening of the Exhibition in which some of my photos play a part: “New England on Paper: Contemporary Art in the Boston Athenæum’s Prints & Photographs Collections“
Here is a virtual tour of the show on the Athenaeum web site, but you should really see it in person if you are in Boston.
Of course the photo of the week is The Online Photographer Print Sale!
This is a beautiful print, and I’m pleased to offer it. Read about it on The Online Photographer, or go right to the sale order page.
Here is a post on The Online Photographer about the lens used to make this photo, and the slippery slope of manual focus vintage lenses for a modern high resolution sensor.
In Buddhist psychology the “three poisons” are passion, aggression, and ignorance. These three are said to drive the entire engine of the aspects of our existence that ultimately cause us suffering, the cycle known as samsara. It can all happen quickly. Even an attraction can suddenly turn to aversion. Have you ever had a date like that, or a longer relationship? These two seagulls apparently had attraction suddenly shift as they wandered through the display of phenomenon, walking along at the beach.
This image is available as a print.
I’ve had some really busy days making exposures with some new lenses, a new camera, and with the new leaves. I’ve been working rather frantically to take advantage of a certain kind of see-through-the-trees thing that happens in the spring. A too quickly passing phenomenon. So while making a lot of exposures the other day, and pretty tired, I thought that the bits of feathery cirrus clouds might show up behind MT Ascutney and make a good backdrop for this composition that I’ve been working on over the past weeks. Hopefully the trees not too far along to mess up that misty effect on the hillside… hopefully the clouds will be in the right place…
Yes. It worked out. I think rather well.
And instead of one of the high res images from one of the splendid new lenses, it’s the good old infrared camera that comes through. My most inexpensive bit of gear takes the prize, once again. But I do think I have some gems among the other exposures, hopefully brought to light soon.
This photo is viewable at better resolution and for sale as a print here.
Anyone who has spent any time at all honestly examining their mind and experience knows very well that most of the time most of our awareness and attention is not directed at the situation at hand.
So it was that I started the day of New Year’s Eve, 2015. I was looking forward to photographing at Post Pond a bit later in the morning, since I was scheduled to be in my old town of Lyme NH at 10. I figured I would leave early and give myself a generous amount of time there to photograph before 10.
Here in Hartland VT the trees and weeds were glazed with ice from freezing rain the night before. The light was soft but bright, and there was some fog and mist in spots. A good opportunity! I had to spend some time here before I headed to Lyme. I made way too many photographs right in the back yard, and heading off I was just barely going to be on time. But I still had to stop and expose the image above.
It turned out that as I approached Lyme, the ice storm was not in evidence, the light didn’t have the luminous quality that we had in Hartland. My 10am appointment was to gallery-sit at the Long River Studios gallery. After that was over I went to Post Pond, and — nothing inspiring. I could spend some time and find something, always, but it was not as it had been in my mind. There wasn’t even any ice on the water.
But in honor of my fantasy of how it was going to be, I’ll resurrect an old exposure of Post Pond — sort of how I thought it would be there. It’s kind of funny, because I’ve been wanting to go back there with my newer, higher end cameras and lenses, but that gear didn’t help with nothing interesting in front of it. The photo below (which I will not be able to print very large) was exposed with my earliest DSLR and the worst lens I ever owned in 2005. It worked out. Sometimes the situation works out if you’re fully in it.
These photos are available as prints:
Ascutney Mountain Through Ice Storm Branches VT
Melting Ice and Mist, Post Pond Black and White
As usual, this isn’t what I was going to do this week. I was doing a bit of digital housecleaning, moving some files around from a temporary folder of “maybe I want to work on this” to a permanent folder of “Yeah, OK, work on this someday.” It seems this one passed through my filter at one point. One thing that happens as I get better both in making exposures and in making prints is that I can both see and realize potential better. This image I obviously saw when I exposed it, probably holding my breath not to break the spell. It was actually before dawn, before 7 am in October. But I never saw it as something I could push forward before. Today, moving the file and then not just moving the file — “I can make that good!” And I did. This is an old image from 2007.
This one is not exposed at the same time as another one of pickerel weeds and mist: this one, one of my favorite photos. It looks like it almost could be, a bit after a breeze picked up, but no, this one I’m posting today is from an exposure made in 2006, a year earlier.
Reception on Thursday October 15, 5-7 pm!
This show is now hanging in area 4T, which is very convenient if you are looking for an endoscopy.
I got a call from the art program at the hospital telling me that a space was available now, a couple of weeks ago. I had a number of prints still framed from the show at the Howe Library in Hanover and also the Hermit Thrush show in Brattleboro, but I didn’t want to make the same show. I figured I could swap some prints in. I know a little music theory; I know that in, say, Bach’s flute sonatas he swaps a few accidentals in, and suddenly the piece is in a whole new space. So I had to find those new notes.
I’m usually sort of shy about showing work that I haven’t had in my mind for about 30 years or so. Is it a flash in the pan? Will I like it next week? And maybe it will be hard to print! With the short notice and the creative task of making the show reborn, I threw that baggage to the wind. New stuff. Can I print it? Yes, and very well.
The Four Square images at the top of this post were pulled from the catalog just for the way they might go together in and fit in this show. I’d never shown them to anyone, and indeed, I hadn’t thought very much of at least 3 of them. They weren’t even on my radar. But I think they are as good as anything. It feels good to just pick up a couple of arrows and let them fly, hitting the target without a few years’ forethought. If I can do this, I can do a lot more.
There are a handful more that I’ve never printed before too, some new work, some work pulled just for the atmosphere I was trying to create.
I’ll update this post a little more, but meanwhile, here is the web page about the show.
Following the little thread — panoramas featuring curves. I just put this together from older exposures, and I like it. I have no idea why it took me so long to bring it to light.
Once it was a 5 minute walk from my house to Post Pond, and I made a lot of good exposures. I think I want to go back and work there some more, and it will be worth what is now a 40 minute commute to that place. I guess I will try some more this summer, fall, and winter.
More Post Pond photos are here:
And this one’s page is here.
“Congratulations. We are pleased to announce our curators have chosen your image for inclusion into YourDailyPhotograph.com. We select a very small percentage of photographs submitted.”
Here is the link.
Also, a new photo of the week will go up today. I’ve been incredibly busy making exposures and selecting images and working on the site in general, but not pushing many of them up to the site. Soon!
Here’s a cool photo for a hot day. It’s an older image that has been given new life by a better tool. Like the Ice Fishing Hut at Sunset I posted the time-before-last, this was made with a good camera (for the year), but in tough circumstances.
I came upon this one while reworking another image made around the same time, one that can benefit from this RAW processor as well. One or the other of these two will be a contender for a show of photos I’ll be hanging this winter, based around the theme: Impermanence. The Post Pond images are great for that, because there’s always some different and very transitory situation with the same line of hills as a backdrop. Now to choose between these two for that purpose.