I’ve been wanting to mention a few upcoming items or recent articles for a while and came up with a list of exhibitions, articles, and videos – hopefully at least one of these will be of interest to you!
First, Gallery 5 in Lewiston has the opening for their next show, In Contrast, coming up this Friday, June 11th, 2010, from 5-7 pm. The show will run until August 7, 2010, and includes a wide variety of excellent artists, including the beautiful work of my friend Ann Krumrein. After the opening there will be an online exhibition as well – all definitely worth checking out.
From the comfort of your office chair, you can watch many hours of wonderful photography videos from various presentations at the TED conference. If you don’t know what TED is, well, get on over there and see for yourself, but don’t blame me if you don’t come up for air until many hours later. ( TED describes itself as Riveting Talks by Remarkable People, Free to the World – sounds good to me). On this page, you can see 14 different TED presentations about photography collected in one spot. I’ve seen a number of them and can definitely recommend them – Taryn Simon, Edward Burtynsky, James Nachtwey, Chris Jordan – powerful stuff.
Photobooks are a particular passion of mine and one of my favorites was just selected by a panel of jurors set up by the British Journal of Photography. The panel selected Fukase’s Ravens (a/k/a Solitude of Ravens) as the best photobook of the last quarter century. There are many other interesting selections as well – in particular, one book I’ve been lusting after for a while, John Gossage’s The Pond, is on the list. Like many on this list, it runs for north of $500 a copy now and is pretty hard for me to justify. Ravens is quite expensive, too, but I got lucky a few years ago and found a very reasonably priced copy. As an aside, the new British Journal of Photography website is quite nice and is definitely worth repeated visits.
I’ve been exploring Maine’s state parks over the last few months and here are a few of the results from Popham Beach State Park. Popham, as one of the relatively few sandy beaches in Maine, becomes quite popular in the summer, but in the off-season it is delightfully vacant. And, it being Maine, the off-season lasts for a while. These images are all from a single visit back in March during late afternoon and for sunset.
This is my favorite image of the group:
And here are some other from the same visit – let me know what you think!
I recently took two trips to Marshall Point for photography – once during a late afternoon when some weird weather was brewing (complete with heavy winds), and once at sunrise on a very peaceful morning. This is one of my favorite images from the afternoon visit, capture the drama of the clouds along with the sunbeams peaking through:
I also love the beautiful light appearing to hang over the off-shore islands:
There is an oft-photographed lighthouse at Marshall Point, too – I’ve been known to photograph it myself – but on this day with its unique lighting conditions the nearby keeper’s house presented many more opportunities.
And finally, I tried to coincide my sunrise visit with moonset – this was the best of the images from that morning:
Let me know what you think -I’m considering a few of these to put on my ‘permanent’ website.
Last week I posted a few not-quite-abstracts from Lincolnville Beach and neglected to show this one:
which is not quite as abstract as the previous ones (but is part of the same buoy series).
I also mentioned a little while back that I’d show some photographs from Lookout Point in nearby Northport, Maine. Despite the beauty of the location and numerous very early morning attempts, I haven’t yet found a composition that I find entirely successful. Sometimes places are like that for me. So, I’ll keep on trying and hopefully the mental logjam will break. Here are a few of my recent attempts from Lookout Point:
And, finally, you can get more of a sense of the location with this panoramic shot (click to see a bigger version):
There are now two new places to view fine art photography here in Maine, as VoxPhotographs has collaborated with two local destinations to create satellite galleries. One of the satellite galleries is at Lincolnville’s beautiful Cellardoor Winery (including vineyard), a must-see destination in its own right. The other satellite gallery is at the Danforth Inn in Portland, which I haven’t yet seen myself but hope to soon. Both of these locations will be showing a rotating selection of VoxPhotographs photographers, including myself, along with other fine art, and both will be well worth checking out.
Last night I saw a great presentation at The Strand in Rockland, ME, by the always-excellent Brenton Hamilton about post-war (WWII, that is) photography, specifically Robert Frank, Frederick Sommer, and Chauncey Hare. So, I’m too late to recommend that presentation to everyone, but there are two more presentations as part of this series put on by the Farnsworth Museum that both look well worth the time. Here’s a description of the series – I plan on attending both evening presentations on 19th and 26th of this month. As a general rule, I try to see any presentation given by Brenton – his knowledge and passion about photographic history are unmatched anywhere.
Here are four new images from Lincolnville Beach that are from the abstract side of the spectrum. I’m curious as to what people think about them, particularly the presence of the buoys in the water bringing the images a bit back from a more pure abstract. Lincolnville has a ton of buoys near the beach and most of course are unused this time of year as most people don’t have their boats in. With a frost warning coming for tomorrow night, I don’t blame them!