0508: Choices

IMG_1372_01_LR_12Another trip to the quarry produced some interesting results. These first two images are typical of the choices to make – take some or all of the color away, as in the image above with its simplicity and its focus on form and shape, or strengthen the existing color with boldness, as in the image below. Two different takes on the same small brachiopod.


This local quarry seems to have almost all fossils appearing just below the capstone creating a layer I think to be a few feet deep. Below that is stone that breaks often just from attempting to pick it up. That seems to be what is dug the most – more easily crushed for gravel.

IMG_1214_01_LR_12Thanks to an age old process of mineral rich water leeching down through the rocks, the mineral stains can be breathtaking. Almost like blowing bubbles, any attempt at handling these rocks is totally fruitless. So these rocks, now a new subject for investigation, can only really be photographed on site.

IMG_1211_01_LR_10How can you ignore or minimize colors like this. Seems they should be relished and emphasized.


IMG_1407_01_LR_10Thirty feet above those splashes of color sits the capstone which that day provided me with this next set of images – the gastropod above followed by four individual brachiopods, easily the most abundant fossil type found there. Today they called for a completely different treatment.






10330421_10202919648730502_5523160945801604763_nMy good friend (and brilliant artist) Allen Bryan had an opening in NYC a few days ago. Work from his Comforts of Home series is currently on display through May 31 at:

Soho Photo Gallery
15 White St.
New York, NY
(212) 226-8571

The work on display is really quite compelling. I would recommend to all my city friends to find the time to pay a visit to this show.


So I began this post musing over color versus colorless. I’ll finish with city versus country. Down the street from the gallery I spotted this wonderful graffiti:

IMG_2927_01_LR_10The following morning, at an intersection down the road from my studio, this is what I found:

IMG_1311_01_LR_10It’s a different life up here!

Thanks for the visit.


0627: Small Town Parade

MangerRegular readers of this blog might remember this image of mine, entitled “American Manger.” It was taken last year (July 4, 2102 to be precise) and is part of a show set to open on July 5. The show, entitled Small Town Parade, is the product of eleven photographers (myself included) who gathered together to cover the annual Saugerties, NY Fourth of July Parade.


Like parades occurring in thousands of small towns all across the country that day, they each reflect the local community pride as well as the collective love of country. While they all share common elements, they each have a flavor unique to their respective community. As a group we set off to capture these various elements and, encouraged by the results, we now wish to share our observations with the community. Please join us if you are in the vicinity.



Opening Reception – Friday, July 5, 2013

6 – 9 PM

 Saugerties Performing Arts Factory (SPAF)

169 Ulster Avenue, Saugerties, NY

 Through July 26


Each of the images appearing today are part of this exhibit. Each is followed by the name of the particular photographer which links to their respective websites.


Waving to the crowd  at the traditional July 4th Parade in Saugerties, NY-2012.Allen Bryan


BenjaminSwett03Benjamin Swett


Parade Overlook, SaugertiesDan Burkholder


#58 MilitaryHarry Wilks


girl_on_tractor_amJill Skupin Burkholder


ban the bomb glassesKen Tannenbaum


MichaelNelson04 copyMichael Nelson


Moshe 01Moshe Katvan


Rivka 3Rivka Katvan


Lindley_03Tom Lindley


Seldom do we photographers have the opportunity to work with others, photography being  a rather solitary pursuit. This project allowed for it, much to the benefit of each of us. A wonderful sense of joint purpose and camaraderie infused this effort and we believe is present in this exhibit.

01aI’ll be back with fossils next week.

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Shows Abound

It’s a busy weekend coming up. First weekend after Labor Day and shows are occurring all over the place. And, on top of that, our annual Catskill Artists Studio Tour will have our studios open for visiting (Sat./Sun. – 11AM until 5PM). Scroll down to the bottom of this blog for info and directions for our Studio Tour. The tour will conflict with two openings that I have work in, so let me cover them first.


“Sal’s Produce”

“Sal’s Produce”, an image from my New York series, was accepted into the 2012  Photocentric Exhibition, a national show held at the Garrison Art Center, in Garrison, NY, and juried by Robert Mann, owner of Robert Mann Gallery, NYC and Elizabeth Opalenik, internationally renowned photographer. Opening is set for 5PM until 7PM on Saturday, the 8th and runs through September 30.



“Uniforms”, a recent image of mine, was accepted into a juried show at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum. The show, entitled “POV: Social Commentary”, relating to the issues of our times, was juried by Karlos Carcamo, artist and curator. Opening is set for 4PM until 6PM on Saturday, the 8th and runs through September 30.


Several friends, all accomplished and respected artists, are showing this weekend as well. Do yourself a favor and visit these fine shows:

Image by Rivka Katvan

Rivka Katvan has a marvelous show opening tonight (Sept. 6 thru Sept. 29) at the Soho Photo Gallery in NYC. Entitled “Broadway behind the Curtain,” the show is a fine collection of her insightful, candid, behind the scenes images of life backstage.


Allen Bryan, another fine photographer and good friend, is one half of a two person show entitled “Narratives, Fabrications, and Other Lies.” The opening is set for Friday (Sept. 7) at the Muroff Kotler Gallery at Ulster County Community College in Stone Ridge, NY.


 Loel Barr, another fine artist and friend, one who has the finest hand I’ve ever seen, is displaying her stunning new drawings at the Doghouse Gallery in Saugerties, NY. Opening is set for Saturday (Sept. 8) 5-7 PM and will remain up thru the 30th.

painting by Elin Menzies

And finally, Elin Menzies, a wonderful painter whose work intrigues and haunts on a primal and mystical level, will be displaying her paintings at Oriole 9 in Woodstock, NY. Opening is set for Saturday (Sept. 8) 5-7 PM and will remain up thru the 30th.


Lastly, here is information for the Catskill Artists Studio Tour:

Catskill Artists Studio Tour – Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8 and 9 from 11AM until 5PM.

Drop by if you can. I will have maps for the rest of the tour, so start it here.

My address is:

400 Charles Smith Road

Catskill, NY

917-459-7849 (call if lost)


1. From the town of Catskill:
East on 23A.
Left on Old Kings Rd. (just after crossing thruway)
Right on High Falls Rd.
Left at Stop sign (onto Charles Smith Dr.)
First drive on left.

2. From South:
Exit Saugerties Thruway exit
Left then quick right onto Rte. 32.
Right at Old Kings Rd. (veer right into left-hand curve)
Left on to SchoolHouse Rd. (2-3 mi.)
First right on to Charles Smith Rd.
Studio is 2(?) mi up on right (If you hit Stop sign – back up 50 yards.

3. From West:
East on 23A
Right at Rte. 32
Left on High Falls Road
Cross bridge in 2-3 miles and go straight (onto C.Smith Rd.
First drive on left.

Thanks for the visit to this post. Drop by the studio this weekend if you are around.

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