1210: A Second Look


Some of this week’s images might seem familiar to the regular viewer. Sometimes the fossils deserve a second look. Sometimes a different mood or a different light might bring out different features. Even these first two images show how a slight difference in framing yields decision making issues – so rather than show one today I am showing both.




This one I can photograph ten different ways and it always seems to satisfy.


These last three brachiopods each have their own particular character – from the partial impression above…


…to this crisp little one hiding under moss…


…to this rock with its brachs and their other assorted Devonian brethren.



My good friend and Renaissance man of High Falls Road, Harry Matthews, adorns his property with these wonderful rock sculptures (actually his entire property is one massive art project). So it’s always fun to stop by with camera. The image above is a straight view of the work. I mention this because the next two are the result of some camera trickery.


These two, part of a series of (intentional) happy accidents, result from an misapplication of the camera’s panorama mode. Fast camera motion forces the camera software to fill in where information was poorly captured – thus the distortions.


Experimenting is good.



These two images are the result of yesterday’s walk. The flat rocks that top off a neighboring stone fence were covered with all kinds of lichen. Each image contains one lichen-covered rock sitting on another larger lichen-covered rock. Maybe I’ll start shooting lichen (and give the mushrooms a break!)




I’ll close out with another visit to a recent group of images. Here again, somewhat different versions carry with them a different charm than the earlier ones shown.





I found this next one on Facebook (sorry I have no attribution). I thought that, with the way things are these days, we need to remind ourselves:


Thanks for the visit.

0905: A Flurry of Activity


I’m happy to say that the above piece, entitled “Buy Now, Pray Later,” just won the Juror’s Choice Award at the Woodstock Artists’ Association and Museum (WAAM) show opening this Saturday afternoon. You’re right – it doesn’t remotely look like fossils. The theme of the show is “In the News” (Art expressing a point of view about current or past events). I thought this image combined the nutty taste of run-amok evangelism with the ominous clouds of imperiled consumerism. I shot it a few years ago in the parking lot of the Hudson Valley Mall in Kingston. 4 – 6 PM Saturday in Woodstock.



That Renaissance Guy up the road, my good friend Harry Matthews, has work currently up at the Mountaintop Arboretum in Tannersville. His balanced stone sculptures are delightful and mystifying. And set in such a beautiful location, with the Catskill peaks filling out the view, it’s a great reason to take a drive up Kaaterskill Clove and enjoy the last days of Summer or even early Autumn colors (it’s up until October 14).


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You might remember this one. It’s a favorite of mine that’s making the rounds lately. This double crinoid image, taken at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History made it into the PHOTOcentric 2013 show at the Garrison Art Center in Garrison, NY. I’m happy to say that this is the third year in a row my work has been accepted into this national juried show. The opening is Sunday, September 15 and it will run through October 6. Unfortunately, I will miss the opening. I will be in Italy, preparing for my September 20 opening at the Florence Natural History Museum.



One last show to report on – this piece “Window” – was selected for the 2013 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region exhibition, being held this year at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY. It will run from October 15 through December 29.

I bring this up now because we had to run the print up there today (85 miles away) and used the trip to view a terrific show at the Hyde that only has ten days left. The show is entitled “Modern Nature. Georgia O’Keefe and Lake George”. It’s a small but very thoughtful exploration of O’Keefe’s days on Lake George and how it shaped much of her future (and more famous) work. And there are more than enough gems to make the trip worthwhile.


For the first time (thanks to the curator’s choices) I was able to see her influences – from Arthur Dove, to Kandinsky, and even Braque. What a wonderful exercise! And what did I get hooked on? Her trees, of course! A subject that has certainly captured my attention these past few months. I never knew (or remembered) that she specifically painted them. It made for a great day.


O’Keefe was quoted in 1927 as saying “If only people were trees…I might like them better.” Spending most of my days in my little studio in the woods I must say I’m beginning to understand.



It’s only fitting that I give you a couple more tree images from our recent trip to Isle La Motte, including these two trees fighting over a rock.


I’ll end with one last picture from Isle La Motte – our last night there.


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