0703: Happy Fourth

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With a nod to the Fourth I dug up this shot from the recent past. The flag is set against the grille of an old tractor – where else but standing in line at the Fourth of July Parade a couple of years ago. I hope all of you have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

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Two things have kept me attached to the computer this past week. The quarry has been oppressively hot, for one. Fortunately I have plenty of images to catch up with ( a fresh selection to follow). But first, I have a few overlooked images from my time in Italy last Autumn.

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And that leads me to the second reason why I was attached to the computer – that seemingly instant crack-like addiction to World Cup soccer!  With the tv next to the computer …well you know the rest.

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It must have been that general aura of internationalism that led me to my Italy library in the first place. These are images of Pliocene Period fossils that we found in the hills of Tuscany, in a vineyard with our friends Elisabetta and Stefano.

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They covered the ground and the hillside – white specks everywhere.

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And now, to the quarry. These first three images have terrific detail – one of those features that always amazes me – 385 million years old and this well defined information exists – right at our feet!

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But then I’m one of those people who is still awed by the notion that scientists have developed ways to help figure so much of this out – life on the planet, that is.

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 (By the way, clicking on any image will bring it up in a fresh window. Just hit back arrow to return.)

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I’ll close today with a shot from Cooper Lake, just outside of Woodstock.

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.

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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.

SMALL TOWN PARADE

EXHIBITION

Opening Reception – Friday, July 5, 2013

6 – 9 PM

 Saugerties Performing Arts Factory (SPAF)

169 Ulster Avenue, Saugerties, NY

 Through July 26

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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.

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

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BenjaminSwett03Benjamin Swett

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Parade Overlook, SaugertiesDan Burkholder

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#58 MilitaryHarry Wilks

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girl_on_tractor_amJill Skupin Burkholder

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ban the bomb glassesKen Tannenbaum

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MichaelNelson04 copyMichael Nelson

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Moshe 01Moshe Katvan

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Rivka 3Rivka Katvan

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Lindley_03Tom Lindley

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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.

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Changing the Subject

The Raphaelesque baby looks out from a flag draped wagon. Entitled “Manger” it is the result of a recent non-fossil foray with the camera. It began with an email that my good friend and fine photographer Alan Bryan sent to me and eight other photographers. The idea he put forth was that we all get together and photograph the Fourth of July Parade in the small town of Saugerties, just a few miles to the south.

When the idea was first raised all I could imagine was ten photographers swarming over the same handful of opportunities like a cloud of gnats! But, as we began the planning I came to see a wonderful opportunity. It is rare for me to work with anyone (other than clients). Photography, the way I practice it, is almost always a solitary experience. In fact, having someone else along generally is an unwanted distraction. But this time the idea of ten different and individual viewpoints focused on the same topic held great appeal. (It turns out that the town is not that small – shooting opportunities were everywhere one chose to look!).

We will be getting together soon to view the collective work . I look forward to that and will have more to share on the subject in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, I have chosen to share two of my favorites from that day. The second juxtaposes young boys in uniforms against photos of what were once boys, who, for a multitude of reasons, had to grow up way too fast. I think these two images are worth an extra pause. Much to reflect upon on a special day.

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And now, back to fossils. Last week I shared images from a new site I’ve been exploring. It was so dense with fossils that I had more to share than I had originally thought. Many that I found were plant related – something I seldom run across in my immediate area. it is always particularly stimulating to find new and different subject matter.

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I’ll close with two new images of fossils that have been sitting around the studio for weeks, seemingly overlooked. As oftentimes happens, the light one day fell across them in a most revealing way. These are the results.

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