1218: Year End 2014

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With Christmas and New Years Day falling on Thursdays this year ( I usually post on Thursdays) this will be my last blog of the year. And, as it has become custom for me, I’d like to use this opportunity to post images that proved to be personal favorites of mine over the past year.

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Some of these images will be appearing in upcoming shows next year – the abstract/concrete above and my geological “thunderbolt” below.

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Seems that a series of circles and arcs caught my attention, thanks in part to some well-positioned gastropods.

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Last in this series of arcs is this image entitled “The Navigator” – a multiple exposure image of an astrolabe at the Vatican Museum in Rome.

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There is a pattern developing here – a pattern of patterns – from the Abstract/Concrete series…

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…to my Swarm series…

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… to the patterns in Nature – in this case rocks in the middle of Kaaterskill Creek.

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Local brachiopods

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A wonderful saxophone-shaped cephalopod

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Last, a quiet setting atop Platte Clove.

Best Wishes to all of you this Holiday Season.

And, as always, thank you for the visit.

0123: Plodding Along

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Winter sunrise through my bedroom window this morning. It’s during those early morning hours, with temperatures as low as they have been, that I find it particularly challenging to break free from my warm and cozy bed to face the day! That’s more a simple observation than it is a complaint (or even an irritant, for that matter). During the worst that Winter offers, I live in a warm home. Unfortunately, that is not the case for far too many.

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I’ve been busy lately with applications and proposals for the upcoming year – a task that has me sitting at the computer (right next to my indispensable portable heater) – trolling through my photo libraries and previous posts, looking at fresh combinations of images to piece together.

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Early results are promising. These two images sprung from a series of scientific devices I photographed at the Vatican Museum.

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This trolling managed to also take me through my recent Italian images, giving a second look at some of the more offbeat images I had already passed on. Here are a couple that require a closer look:

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In keeping with my Street Shrine series I couldn’t pass up this version of the Madonna – a childlike pencil scribble – the simplified version, if you will.

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And then there was this street sign – I’m not exactly sure what it represents. But I’m sure it means something to someone.

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This next group of four images are the result of nervous energy, I am sure. While waiting to give a talk at the Natural History Museum, my back-and-forth pacing in the back rooms led to these:

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I’ll finish off today’s post with a few more images from my sessions at the Museum of the Earth and PRI‘s immense collection:

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Thanks as always for the visit.

1212: Beacon This Weekend

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I’m happy to report that these two images from my Street Shrines series was accepted into a juried show opening this Saturday, December 14 (6-9 PM) at the BAU Gallery in Beacon, NY. It is my first opportunity to show work there and I look forward to the event. The title of the show is Saints & Sinners – seemed like a good fit!

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I dropped the work off last weekend – my first visit to Beacon in a long time – and was I ever impressed. A lot of fine galleries with terrific art. It is also their monthly Second Saturday gallery walk. So if you are in the area please drop by.

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Like the rest of the eastern states, we here in the Hudson Valley felt the shiver of early winter the past few days. The snow and ice provided opportunity, as it almost always does, for fresh shooting prospects. I’m not quite ready for the cold just yet so I ventured only as far as my various piles of fossils and props that surround my studio.

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These slabs are all full of fossils and, when reduced to simple shapes, now look more like some cemetery in a dream…while metal springs, like the bare tree branches, pick up a nice coat.

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I also took the opportunity to throw a few prints from my “rejects” stack out into the snow and rain – don’t know where this might lead – but it has possibility. The fossil, by the way, is a rugose coral – one that I have used a number of times.

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The cold weather is also helpful in keeping me in the studio – and that is allowing me to chip away at all of my recent images from Italy. Not much in common with these new ones. They just caught my eye:

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Stairs, Spoleto

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Street Stall Stitching, Florence

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Construction, Uffizi

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Orrery, Vatican Museum

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And one last image from a recent stroll through the town of Hudson – sculpture from industry!

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Thanks for visiting.

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