I thought it might be interesting to select and post my favorite photographs from 2009. With one Rocky Mountain-derived exception, they are all from Maine. I believe that 2009 represented a significant step forward in my photography in all aspects, and I’m optimistic that 2010 will be even better. Without further ado, here are my favorites from the year – please feel free to comment if you have your own favorites from this list! And best wishes to everyone for a wonderful 2010!
I’ve just completed another big update of the galleries of my website. I’ve added three new galleries – a Favorites Gallery, a Flora Gallery, and an Other New England Gallery (which, at this point, includes CT and NH). The Favorites gallery will be my current favorite images – not necessarily the best sellers or the ones that others like best, but the ones that are my personal favorites as images. Over time new images will certainly kick some of these out, but as of the end of 2009, this is what I see as my best.
I’ve also added Portland, Maine images to my Cityscapes Gallery. Next up – winter images! I will hopefully be photographing quite a bit over the next few months and the Maine winter should obviously provide me many opportunities for winter photographs.
Today I’ve updated the Gallery of my website with quite a bit of new work. I’ve added two new sections – Maine Mountains & Lakes (as I venture further away from the coast) and Colorado (from a short trip this September). I’ve also added new work to the Acadia and Maine Coast galleries. Take a look and let me know what you think!
As a teaser, here are two of the new images – one from Baxter State Park in Maine and one from Colorado.
Well, just like that, thoughts are turning to winter after an all-too-brief fall. Two of my older images will be on display soon in Lewiston, ME in the Winter Light exhibition sponsored by L/A Arts. The exhibit will be up from November 6 through December 19th. It appears work will actually be in two locations (about two blocks apart) – Gallery 5 and the Community Gallery. I believe that my work will be in the Community Gallery and it may not be up until about a week after the beginning of the show. I’ll try to find out more details on how this is actually working soon and I’ll post an update here once I find out.
These two images are actually from one of my former favorite places, Gay City State Park in Connecticut. To clarify, the park still exists, we just no longer live nearby. We used to walk there multiple times a week with our dog all throughout the year, as Brutus loved the wide open trails.
You can see my work at the PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont in the upcoming Reflections show sponsored by the Vermont Photography Workplace. The opening reception is 5-7pm on October 9th. I’ll unfortunately be unable to attend the opening, but the selected work looks to be strong so I’m confident the show will be a good one. My image from Cape Cod entitled Nauset Marsh, Sunrise is the image that will be shown. The show will be up from October 8th to November 9th.
Next Wednesday, September 2nd, the new Art Nouveau show opens at VoxPhotographs in Portland, Maine (a private gallery). The show includes new work from all 9 nine photographers represented by VoxPhotographs, including myself. If you are interested in attending, please contact Heather Frederick of VoxPhotographs. A small version of my image as well as the VoxPhotographs flyer are included below:
I’ve just uploaded new images from Cape Cod onto my website. These images were actually taken last summer – we only had about 3 days where I could photograph and I am very pleased with the results. We had some spectacular light. Most of the shots were taken either at First Encounter Beach or the Fort Hill/Nauset Marsh area.
Let me know in the comments if you have any favorites. A few selections are below:
As a reminder, the Contours show at Carver Hill Gallery in Rockport is at 5-7pm this Thursday. There is now a slick poster (see below for the image part of the poster) for the show. You can see my image on the poster as well as in the article in the Rockland Free Press. If you don’t make the opening, the show will be up until September 9th. Hope to see you there!
Coming up next month, you can see my work at the Contours show at the wonderful Carver Hill Gallery in Rockport. The Contours show is a fundraiser for a great local environmental organization, the Coastal Mountain Land Trust. The CMLT manages quite a few lovely preserves in this area that we frequent – and in a few weeks we will be receiving our 13 pound batch of fresh blueberries from their Beech Hill Preserve (another, tastier, fundraiser).
There are about 25 artists featured in the show – you can read more about them in this article from the Maine Art Scene. The show runs from August 14 – September 9 with a public opening on August 20th from 5-7 pm. Definitely check out the show and buy some art in support of a great cause.
Here is my image that will be in the show – a view of Hatchet Mountain (one of their preserves) in late afternoon that I took earlier this month.
Last week I finished and self-published my first monograph, entitled ‘Red Rock‘. Red Rock includes 24 of my square format landscape images all taken in Southern Utah. You can follow the previous link to see a preview of the pages from the book on the Blurb site.
It is available via Blurb – I entered this book into Blurb’s photography book contest “Photography.Book.Now’. I’ve ordered a copy of the book from Blurb and it should arrive on Tuesday. I’m anxious to see the quality of the printing. I’ve heard mixed reviews of Blurb’s quality control, but I did sign up for their B3 program for professional photographers that promises more consistent and better quality printing. We’ll see.
They also have a new large size – 12×12 inches – which I chose, even though it drives the price up significantly. I hope it is worth it.
I’ll post here once I see an actual copy of this – but I’m certainly excited to see the results.
UPDATE: I did receive my book and it was better than I was expecting. Perhaps it was lowered expectations, but the print quality was actually quite good and the color matching was about 90% of the way there. Only a few of the bluer images were not right on. I look forward to trying this service again in the future.