Year’s End 2013

IMG_5800_01_LR_12Kaaterskill Creek passes within a hundred yards of my studio – a pleasure to view anytime of year. Yesterday it looked like this.

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We’ll be on the road this holiday season so this will be my final post for the year 2013. As I reflect on the past twelve months I must acknowledge the good fortune I have experienced, all thanks to the wonderful people I have been fortunate enough to meet. Many people to thank. The following images, personal favorites of mine from 2013, often reflect the kindness of others. I am most grateful for their interest and assistance.

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img_1796a_01_lr_10My thanks to everyone at the Catskill Center in Arkville. This image was created while participating this past summer in their Platte Clove Artist-In-Residency Program.

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img_7810_2b_lr_12A product of Paris – part of the Mohawk-Hudson Regional Show currently on display at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls.

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img_9475_01_lr_10Auctioned off for “Hungry For Music“, a group that raises money for kids who can’t afford musical instruments.

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img_0071_01_0076_lr_12My thanks to Susan Butts and Derek Briggs at the Yale Peabody Museum who opened their doors to my camera. The twin “portrait” of crinoids was the result of exploring their backroom storage shelves.

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ilm_2306_lr_10And this image of crinoid ossicles, looking like a pile of buttons, was a favorite at my show this past summer on Isle La Motte in Vermont. These were fossils found there at Chazy Reef, some of the oldest I have ever photographed. My great thanks to Linda, Donald, and their friends and associates for the fine reception they gave this work.

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img_1698_01_lr_12Tile floor at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome.

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Uniforms_LR_12Thanks to my friends, both old and new, with whom I shared in a wonderful project that led to a successful and well-received show, Small Town Parade, held at SPAF in Saugerties. It was an honor to share the experience with them.

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img_0999_01_lr_12A surprise find on the road, just outside Cooperstown – Wood Bull Antiques.

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img_9427_01_lr_10I met a guy on the street in Hudson one day. This box sat in the back of his pickup truck. He saw my interest, snapping away from the curb, so he gave it to me. Thanks again whoever you were.

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img_9442_01_lr_12A friend gave me this old rusted bicycle seat. Seeing it there, sitting in my drawer, conjures up thoughts of the Hindu God Ganesha.

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img_9357_01_lr_12My favorite gastropod, sitting in my Devonian Drawer with metal mesh salvaged from a burned down factory.

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img_2735a_01_lr_12An empty studio in Florence. Even empty space looks great there!

None of these images from Italy wold exist were it not for my dear friends who invited me to exhibit with them at the Natural History Museum on Florence. Many Thanks!

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img_4802_02_lr_10Rome Building Lobby

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       img_4177_01_lr_10And, finally, a misty hilltop in Tuscany. To all my Italian friends “Buon Natale.” And to everyone else, Best Wishes for a safe and peaceful holiday time and Good Fortune for 2014.

And thanks, as always, for your kind support and interest.

0418 – Sights on the Road

IMG_9427_01_LR_10One does not have to travel far to find visual “roadside attractions” (allow me to pause for a moment to reflect on that gonzo novel of Tom Robbins “Another Roadside Attraction” – reflections on flea circuses and the Vatican CIA!). Much less exciting, but nonetheless interesting things can be found in and around the Hudson Valley.

IMG_8731_01_LR_10Route 32 provides the cultural…

IMG_9392_01_LR_10,,,as well as the enigmatic.

IMG_9419_01_LR_12And on a recent sunny day across the river in the town of Hudson there sat a pick-up, parked at the curb, with odd and compelling cargo in the back.

IMG_9426_01_LR_10Two heads peeking out of a box

IMG_9424_01_LR_10It’s always good to have a camera with you – never know what you might find.

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The Devonian Drawer is back. The continued good weather has me searching for objects of intrigue. Thanks to my friend, Rob Spain, I have a bunch of new objects to play with. In the first two cases below, the objects were too large for any companion fossil to fit in with them. But they were great objects. So I thought they would be fine on their own.

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The first appears to have once been a horse brush, I believe.

IMG_9442_01_LR_12And the other, I can only think of the Hindu diety Ganesha when I see it!

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Before I close out with some new fossil images I just wanted to remind everyone to please drop in to the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson on Saturday from 6 – 8 PM for the opening of Urban, a group photography show. This and several other images of mine will be on display. Join us if you can.

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Finally, some fossils. Just another way to explore these objects, with the help of an old Kodak metal film box.

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