On March 1st I presented my first solo exhibit, “PORTRAITS OF THE GLADES,” at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center, the Everglades National Park in Florida. Unlike most galleries that have 4 white walls to easily hang one’s photographs, this gallery was a unique space. With 5 fabric walls filled with closets, AV doors, fire alarms, thermostats, and large windows, one needed to be creative to use the space to its best ability. So, I designed my show into the space.
The advantage of being a photographer, a digital one at that, is when choosing each photograph I could to decide how it would placed, and at what size. Since I was designing the space remotely from New Jersey and trying to be cost efficient and as eco friendly as possible, I printed the majority of the images on 100% cotton acid free paper. I also printed a few images on Satin to take advantage of the large windows and to cover some of the doors. To give the overall presentation a natural and raw look, no mats or frames were used. I gave each image the same size border and hung them with small vintage distressed clothespins and hemp twine.
I designed this to be visually appealing, and to inform and educate the public about the everglades. This gave me an opportunity to add some extras to the show. Captions included factual information on each subject matter. (That would be the journalist in me). I included a collage of wildlife commonly seen in glades printed on satin with an identification card… a poem written specifically for my work printed on satin…. a quote by President Truman describing the Everglades at its dedication… a copy of a 1956 Sports Illustrated with the cover story on the Everglades bird life…. and an 1823 Florida map covered with vintage Everglades postcards displayed in a reclaimed cypress wood frame.
The Everglades is a vital, unique and endangered ecosystem. Its survival is completely controlled by the flow of water. As one views the exhibit I wanted to create a slightly haunted but serene feeling. My goal was to utilize the space effectively and to create an unforgettable experience for the visitor.
PLEASE TAKE A WALK WITH ME THROUGH MY EXHIBIT! (Click on Photo)
YouTube Video: Combination of video clips, stills from the gallery and the photographs themselves on display.
(*And when I say walk, that is exactly what I did while shooting the video clips…
so there is a lot shaking going on…it’s part of the experience…)
Moab Papers: Natural Rag Entrada 300 — http://www.moabpaper.com
Promotional Materials on Recycled Paper — http://www.whcc.com
Guest Book: Lotka Handmade Paper — http://www.flowerseedpaper.com
Reclaimed Wood with Personal Quote Sign — http://www.etsy.com/shop/SeaRayStudio
Reclaimed Wooded Boxes — http://www.etsy.com/shop/CountryByTheBumpkins
Vintage Distressed Clothespins — http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheOldenBarn
Reclaimed Cypress Driftwood Frame — http://www.etsy.com/shop/oldlikenew
Personalized Eco Unpainted Cedar Wood Pencils — http://www.ink-spot.com
*Special Thanks to Jim LaSala and Jim Roselli of Xact Studios — http://www.xactstudios.com
“PORTRAITS OF THE GLADES”
Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center Gallery
Everglades National Park, Florida
March 1 – 30, 2014
Opening Reception – March 2, 2-4 pm
The Everglades is a test. If we pass, we may get to keep the planet.”
Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Founder of the Florida Environmental Movement
Author, ‘River of Grass”
Since my very first visit to the Everglades in 2007, I have been captivated by the vastness and richness of the land and diversity of the wildlife. I feel I have walked back through time — a time of a wild and pristine land untouched by humankind. This land is not what it once was. It is ever-changing and endangered. There is no other environment like the Everglades in the world, a habitat completely controlled by the flow of water.
Each year I have returned. In 2012, as a selected Artist-in-Residence-in-Everglades (AIRIE), I was able to continue my goal of documenting the spirit of this land and its habitants in their struggle for survival — revealing its quiet beauty.
My images, a combination of landscape and wildlife, are part of an ongoing project of documenting this vital and endangered land. Educated and trained in both the fine arts and photojournalism I seek honesty in my subjects and communicate the spirituality of the moment. My work focuses on capturing intimate portraits and unexpected views of the environment — and to tell their story. I will be exhibiting black and white and color photographs, also including several large scale images presented on satin that will hang in the gallery’s windows. A poem written specifically for my work by author and poet Marsha Bush, of California, will accompany the show.
The Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center is located at 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL.
Center hours are 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. daily. Admission is Free.
(305) 242-7700 • http://www.nps.gov/ever/
Oops, I Forgot One!
And for me, it’s a big one. I wanted to share one of my very favorite photographs that I created while during my artist residency at Acadia National Park this fall. My apologies, I really thought I had already posted it with the first my posting… but realized I had photographed it the day after I had made that post.
What I love about this image is the abstraction that’s created… an almost 3D effect. This was created on Bubble Pond…. one of the very popular and well photographed locations in the park. I had been wanting to go by and see what I could get… that was different. Most of the images seen at this location are the overall landscape view… mountains, water and the boulders in the foreground… (*Google images and you will see). During my time in Acadia, the parking lot to Bubble Pond was closed off as it was being renovated and there was no parking anywhere nearby to access the site. But on one Saturday morning as I drove by, someone had taken part of the construction fence down… so I pulled in… not planning on staying too long, since I don’t think I was supposed to be parked in there. The light was not great to shoot the whole scene… but that is when I started looking around and noticed the clouds reflecting along the shallow waters edge.
I realize that this image could of been captured at any pond or lake… nothing here really screams, “Hey, that’s Bubble Pond!”… but as any photographer knows, timing is sometimes everything when capturing that one moment. This was a 30 second exposure… the water was still, no wind, but the clouds were moving quite fast. But this moment didn’t last long… I was only able to get 6 frames, then the sun shifted and within minutes the clouds were clearing and the wind picked up. But when you put in all these elements together into the composition below… I would have to say no, I really don’t believe I would of been able to capture this anywhere else.
I am sure glad I decided to pull into the lot that day… very happy with the results.
*By the way, by the time I left, 9 other cars that must of seen me parked there also decided to pass the construction fence and park. Oops.
Have returned back to New Jersey after a wonderful month in Acadia. But as usual with my residencies, a month never seems enough time to truly capture these magnificent locations… but hopefully I caught a glimmer. During my month stay… I learned a lot about the tides (as I had to return to several locations to get the right time)… I have never been in a location that completely dark (especially when the power goes out)… there a these tiny little red squirrels running around making a lot of noise… there are millions of snails everywhere… Lobstermen lose a lot of traps and bleach bottles that end up all along the shorelines… certain rocks are extremely slippery when wet (ouch!)… but the rocks and granite were absolutely beautiful and created amazing designs… and I never knew what to expect as each day was a new exploration… the light, the wind, the water… continuously changing… hard to keep up with, but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
There is a combo of landscapes and of course the abstracts I love discovering in nature. Am I done with tweaking these images (or even done editing more)?… No Way…. but there is a point where you have to walk away… then return with fresh eyes… but it was time to share with you all some of the photographs I created in the last two weeks of my stay. Enjoy!
You can see the larger and more complete collection directly on my website:
Greetings from Acadia!
I have now been here 2 weeks of my 4 week stay…. got a late start due to the government shut down… but was thrilled I was able to make it. (Also, there was a small interruption last week to fly back to NYC for the Canon Project Imaginat10n Film Festival Premier).
To let you all know where I am located…. I am all the way over on Schoodic Peninsula staying at the Schoodic Education and Research Center (a former Naval Base)… 50 miles from Bar Harbor on Mt. Dessert Island… a bit of drive. So I am on a 12-mile loop road, one way… it gets dark, and I mean really, really dark here… no cell phone reception… and the closest Starbuck’s is an hour and half away. And I actually have no problems with any this… it’ great out here!
So photographing at Acadia has become quite the mathematical equation. First, find your subject…. Second, choose lighting for subject – morning, afternoon, overcast…. Third, low tide or high tide (which can be a serious issue since the tide here is about on average a 10ft difference… give or take a few feet) and then you have to factor in the wind. So, you figure that all out and good luck!
Since my time in the Everglades I have really begun working with long exposures… but that doesn’t mean I still don’t like to photograph my trees, details, and abstracts… the granite here is amazing!
It’s all about form, pattern, texture, and light. Enjoy!
That is pretty much how I would describe the four weeks of my artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center during the month of November. And that is a great thing! It would be hard for me to describe the amazing energy that is felt when you are surrounded by 50 other artists; very talented painters, sculptors, performers, writers, poets…. where ages ranged from the mid 20’s through the 60’s, with individuals from around the country, (several from around the world) and with such diverse backgrounds. I was technically the only photographer there, so that either made me very special or the crazy lone wolf. (Probably the latter.) And another great part of this residency was the only schedule one had was the mealtimes. Oh, and by the way, we were fed very well.
My approach on how I worked was quite different during this residency. Instead of exploring through hiking and kayaking (too cold as it was November), I traveled around northern Vermont by car, exploring the many back roads, which by the way are not paved. Hunting season was in full swing at this time, and though I had my bright orange hat to wear, I didn’t feel like risking my life. (Snakes and alligators in the Everglades, I can handle.) The land in northern Vermont is absolutely beautiful… surrounded by mountains and farmland, dotted by little villages. It snowed in the high mountains the first week I was there, but it never reached the lower plains. But to my surprise the colors in November were still wonderful. I ended up photographing some of the similar subject matter that I do enjoy capturing, but I began experimenting more with long exposures which I was excited about. I was trying to capture a more surreal and ethereal feel to my images. The best weather to really be shooting were overcast days or partial sun with clouds… and wind. It became a running joke that I would be upset when it was bright and sunny outside. (A good day to work in the studio… or go antique shopping!)
I have enclosed some of my favorite images from my journey. Enjoy!
Long Exposure Work!
Patterns, textures, layers…. graphical work!
Additions to my “What Remains” collection! Unfortunately there were many abandoned homes along my journeys.
First Snowfall of the year in the high mountain peaks… Smugglers Notch.
**UPDATE** — It was announced that my image is one of the WINNERS in the Backstory Theme!
Celebrity director, Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, has chosen my image to inspire his film!
*You can see Biz Stone’s selections plus a video of why he chose each of the images for his film.
Very exciting opportunity! I have sent the word out and now I wanted to share on my blog….to help keep it out there!!!
THANK YOU ALL for VOTING!!! ****Please keep on voting each day until September 24!!! (Leave a comment too!)
Canon has announced Project Imaginat10n, the first photography-inspired film festival in history where consumer photographs will inspire Hollywood films directed by five celebrities. Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Biz Stone, Georgina Chapman and James Murphy have signed on board for this endeavor and Ron Howard will be mentoring them along the way.
Please Register to Vote: imagination.usa.canon.com Click on ‘Gallery’ — ‘Browse Themes’ — ‘Backstory’ — ‘FINALISTS’ — Find Photo “DRY DOCK” (click on the gray checkmark)
go directly to the image and log in: https://www.longliveimagination.com/gallery/photo/46634
(Sorry, I have been told the voting process is not the easiest… but I really appreciate your effort!)
Of the thirty (30) finalists, the seven (7) photos that have the highest amount of votes in each theme will become winners. Ron Howard and Canon will select three (3) other finalists’ photos to become winners, for a total of ten (10) winners per theme.
The Final 10 Winners in each theme will have their photos considered by Canon’s celebrity directors during the making of their films.
View last years Project Imagina8ion short movie directed by Ron Howard. “When You Find Me”
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