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New Exhibition of Print Work at the Sorenson Center for the Arts

I’m happy to announce a new one artist exhibition of my work scheduled for the Richard W. Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College.  The exhibition is titled “Boston’s Water” and presents 13 black and white prints from the Quabbin Reservoir, taken over the last three years.

I have to say, staging an exhibition is far more work that I had realized.  Getting the right print of each image is only the beginning.  Framing is tough, but hanging the images has to be the worst. Luckily, I had the invaluable assistance (actually he did it, I assisted him) of Mark Lorenzo from the Sorenson Center and his colleagues.

The exhibition itself is kicking off a celebration at Babson of the Principles of Responsible Management Education developed under the leadership of the United Nations and to which Babson is a signatory. It is indeed the case that many of us involved in business education care deeply about the profound failures of ethical fiber and will we have all encountered over more than a decade.  Honestly though, it is an uphill battle. Students, even those interested in business, are very discouraged about our ability to right the ship and engage in commerce in a sustainable manner. Part of what is needed is better government regulation of commerce, but that’s not enough.  As a teacher, I see everyday the intense interest that students hold in making the world a better place (yes, believe it or not, business students as well). We have to help them realize their dreams.

I want to thank Elizabeth Goldberg, Associate Professor of English at Babson and Michelle Oshima, Director of the Sorenson Center for the Arts for signing me up.  I also want to thank David Akiba, Photography Instructor at Babson and an enormously talented fine art photographer himself, for his advice in pulling the exhibition together.  The exhibition is housed on the second floor of the Sorenson Center at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, in what is becoming the new photography exhibition space.

Fever Brook

Fever Brook runs into the Quabbin Reservoir after passing through the Federated Women’s Club State Forest.  You can reach Fever Brook by entering the Reservoir at Gate 37 in Petersham, Massachusetts. The drive to Gate 37 takes you through interesting farming territory.  There are a few suburban looking homes along the way, but most of the territory looks similar I’d guess to the way it looked back in the 1930’s. Obviously well kept, but there for the work.

While taking this shot, we suddenly heard the unmistakable sound of a large dump truck coming up behind us.  This is definitely not what one expects to see here.  It was a DCR truck. (Division of Conservation and Recreation of the State of Massachusetts) A nice young man jumped out and began to survey the area right underneath our feet, where the old road goes over the Brook which is nearly ready to enter the Quabbin.  He explained that this particular area was subject to severe flooding if the opening beneath the road were to become clogged with debris (from say, a Beaver Dam, just a 100 yards or so upstream).  This was just a few days before Hurricane Irene paid us a visit and it was his job to look for trouble spots in anticipation of the storm.  The encounter served as a strange reminder to us of the nature of our interactions with nature even in this, one of the most isolated locations in the State.

Ten Years On

Just a word of commemoration on this anniversary of September 11.  Our thoughts are with those who are still dealing with the loss, and the rest of us who have had to deal with a most difficult decade since.  It can be difficult sometimes to put things into perspective.