061517: More from NYC

I must admit that I enjoyed revisiting my old NYC project last week – so much, in fact, that I  decided to stay with it for another round.

Only three images from this group were shot in Manhattan, only one from the Bronx, and the rest in Queens and Brooklyn (way before people thought it was a cool name for a kid!))

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Happy Fathers’ Day.

Thanks for the visit.

060817: New York Images

I made a quick run down to Manhattan the other day, something I very rarely do anymore. I lived there for many years. It’s a great place. But life in the country is so much more appealing to me now.

One result of the trip was a desire to re-explore one of my last major projects before my separation from urban life. Industrial landscapes you might call them. Or urban desolation perhaps.

Whatever category they might fit is so irrelevant when compared to the fun I had during those years of exploration. So here today are some of the images from that project.

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By the way, the reason for the trip to NYC (and it had to really be a good one!) was for the opening of this wonderful show. Two of my dearest and most talented friends, husband and wife photographers Moshe and Rivka Katvan, have put together a knockout of a show. Info below. Stop in at the Soho Photo Gallery and take a look. You won’t regret it !

And thanks as always for the visit today.

041103 – Brief Notes

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The above work, titled Hunts Point, is one of four images of mine that will be in a show running from April 18 through May 26 at the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, New York. This is my first time showing with Carrie and I am delighted to have the opportunity. Urban is the name of the group photography show. Opening reception is set for Saturday, April 20 from 6 – 8 PM. All are welcome. Please join us.

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Also, I sat for an interview yesterday with Ann Forbes Cooper for her radio program Between the Lines. Art and culture is the focus of her show and it will broadcast next Thursday, April 18 at 2 PM on WGXC (90.7 FM), community radio for Greene and Columbia Counties. OR go to their website and click on the LISTEN LIVE button. After it airs, I’ve been told that the interview will be archived. I should be able to provide a link for it next week. It was a pleasure sitting with Ann here in my studio, discussing my fossil work, what led me to it, and where might it take me from here.

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In the midst of all that (and a lecture I’m giving tomorrow at Bard College’s Lifetime Learning Institute) I did find a way to get back to my Devonian Drawer series, this being the latest installment:

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I’m looking forward to getting back outside. I hear fossils calling in the distance! In the meantime, as I ponder my upcoming show in Italy this Fall, I am constantly reminded of all things Italian (this time thanks to the local Thai restaurant and their interior accessorizing!):

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Earlier Work

Sometimes it seems like I’ve been photographing fossils forever. In fact, it’s been my focus for about five years. And, while I find time to aim the camera in other directions, I have become rather obsessed with these 385 million year old former neighbors of mine. The image above, from my new “Devonian Drawer” series, is full of miscellaneous marine invertebrates from that time.

The other day I was busy making selections for some upcoming juried shows and found myself trolling my photo library. It’s not uncommon to spot images that were initially overlooked, that fell through the cracks, so to speak, and became “seconds.” And what a pleasant surprise it is to look again, from a new and possibly different perspective, and enthusiastically reattach and re-engage with an image. Fresh files to work on in the middle of February (when it’s just too damned cold to go out exploring) are the perfect antidote to cabin fever!

Revisiting the photo library also brought up previous projects that had been out of sight for too long. And as I re-evaluated, re-viewed, and remembered so went the remainder of an afternoon.

What follows is a small selection I gathered together from that session and I’d like to share them with you today. The first image was taken while on assignment for the Metropolitan Museum of Art – a view from the bell tower at The Cloisters in upper Manhattan. The following four images are from an urban landscape series across New York City. And the final image, a seeming “Rube Goldberg” contraption of pipes, was taken in Troy, New York, in the old (and recently demolished) Burden Iron Works. I hope you enjoy.

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A Break From Fossils

     Throughout my career I have always been intrigued with the past. Certainly my personal “discovery” of fossils and the projects that that has spawned is a perfect example. In fact, it is pretty hard to explore much of anything older with a camera. But before that there were several projects that spoke of time past. I was one of the last photographers to shoot Ellis Island before its refurbishment. I was given a wonderful opportunity by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to shoot a four season study of the Cloisters. And, immediately prior to my fossils, I was busy shooting architecturally what could be best described as “industrial archaeology”.

     I am happy to say that the image above, that of the 59th Street Bridge in NYC, has just won an award in the architecture category of a nationally juried show. The show is entitled PHOTOcentric and opens tomorrow, September 10 (thru Oct.2) at the Garrison Art Center in Garrison, N.Y. Jurors were the acclaimmed photographer Larry Fink and Stephen Perloff, founder and editor of the Photo Review.

     With that in mind, I decided to go back through some related work and post a few images other than fossils for a change. Next week I will fill you in on my upcoming museum exhibition of fossil images. I’m pretty excited about that. In the meantime, though, I’d like to share the following images with you. They were made in Troy, N.Y., once a city of immense commerce and now, like so many others, struggling to get by. All four of the images below were from the old Burden Iron Works. The buildings were demolished a few years ago.

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