I’m very gratified to announce that Black and White Magazine has just published portions of my “Deindustrialization Portfolio.” (June 2020 issue)
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I’m grateful to have been included in “Earth Day 2020” hosted by Gallery Sitka. As mentioned in my previous post, this exhibition was to have opened this week, but things have changed, as we all know. Art continues however. This is a mixed media exhibition. I am a huge fan of photography been shown with other forms of visual art. Melissa Richards, the curator, has done a great job of curation. I particularly drawn to her use of color. You can find the online gallery here.
If you’re in the Boston area, I want to invite you to the opening of my exhibition, “Deindustrialization,” taking place Thursday evening, November 7 from 5 – 7 PM. The exhibition consists of twelve large scale portraits of textile mills from the Blackstone Valley region of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. There will be an artist talk shortly after 5, mingling, and I believe free food! The opening will take place on the campus of Babson College, in the Hollister Gallery. Directions are here.
I want to thank BabsonArts and Associate Director Danielle Krcmar for making this all possible. This work was sponsored in part through a sabbatical grant from Babson College, for which I’m also most grateful. The work was printed on metal, an amazing process, by the wonderful folks at Blazing Editions . Working with them and more specifically Juliette Pascale was a joy. The results were stunning.
On another note, this exhibition is really a bit less of a celebration and more of a remembrance. The industrial revolution in the U.S. and indeed around the world, a revolution that is still going on in many places, brought with it a tremendous upsurge in wealth. At the same time, it brought with it massive sacrifices on the part of those who did the work and the communities in which these mills were built.
The raw materials for the cotton mills prior to the U.S. Civil War were farmed by enslaved workers kidnapped from Africa. Even after the Civil War the combination of share cropping arrangements and terror enforced by organizations like the KKK imposed the most severe hardships on those involved. Working conditions in the mills, though not as bad as one would find in England at the time were extremely harsh. The environmental degradation that occurred because of the mill industrial waste and the repeated damming of the rivers of the Blackstone Valley is still with us today.
At the same time, mill employment helped to create, at least in part, a melting pot, bringing people together from much of the world, into what became in many places a real community. Some of those communities still exist today as well. The boom and bust phenomena, a phenomena which continues unabated, is ultimately a harsh developmental path for our society.
Greetings. For this in New England, I want to pass along an invitation to join us this coming weekend in Grafton, Massachusetts for the Small Stones Festival of the Arts (access the link for more information and directions). This represents a cooperative effort on the part of a number of area arts organizations as you can see.
I am grateful to the photography jurors (Nancy Burns, Scot Erb, Donna Dufault and Robert Ring) for choosing a number of my images for exhibit. They represent a fairly electic display, so we’ll see how that all works. I’ll be there on Friday night and again on Saturday afternoon.
We haven’t had a particularly pretty foliage season in Central Massachusetts. Not to my eyes at least. Luckily, we had an opportunity to spend a few days further north in Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, Maine. They were not so unfortunate! I don’t know that I’ve ever seen such intense color, so of course I spent a good deal of time working in black and white. We were with Tony Sweet and Susan Milestone and a bunch of very nice and quite talented workshop participants. I always learn a lot from them, probably because of their depth of preparation, their knowledge and their positive attitude. Tony has an ability to articulate the creative process and rationale that I always find inspiring. He has a wonderful way of validating the imagination, something I need a dose of every so often. I recommend them highly if you’re looking for a workshop experience. You won’t be disappointed.
But, no thousand words today though, on with the pictures. (And I swear, I did not touch the saturation slider on these. You get up early in the morning and shoot late into the evening with Tony. Mother nature is the one manipulating the colors at those hours, but that’s sort of her job so…)
From Eagle Lake at sunrise
Along Duck Creek Road
Boulder Beach at Sunrise, in the rain
From Thunder Hole (It really does sound like Thunder)
From Cadillac Mountain
Acadia National Park is about six hours north from our home. I can’t believe it took us this long to get there. It is a big Park, and I would recommend either going with a guide, or doing some serious research before hand, during the day time!
Tech Note: I hate writing about gear because it’s basically irrelevant at this point. But a number of these images were taken with the Nikon Z7, Nikon’s new entry into the mirrorless market place. For whatever reason, none good, it seems to draw a fair amount of criticism on the good old internet, particularly from those who have never used it. It seems to be a tribal thing, or a way for “influencers” to generate click bait. It’s sad that all you have to do these days is make something up and it becomes fact.
I thought the camera performed exceptionally well. I’ll be using it a lot for video as I have grown very tired of taking along a second system. The still image quality, video quality, still and video autofocus, all worked beyond my expectations. And we really did land on the moon in 1969.