I’ve restated the obvious a few times on this blog. Nature is more powerful than we are. Does anyone still need convincing? Probably, I’m afraid. I don’t.
A now more subtle case in point of course is erosion. Wind and water overpower the land and our human dreams of the conquest of nature. Like many nature photographers, I’ve spent a fair amount of time trying to capture erosion, with mixed success. Last fall I was honored to have a number of my erosion images featured at the Aldrich Gallery, Whitin Mill in Whitinsville, Massachusetts. They are now working on creating an online platform for that exhibition.
The move to the creation of online exhibitions in the times of Covid is a most interesting one, saying something about our resilience. We can’t have real exhibitions, at least not quite yet, but we’ll see if we can come up with something else. It’s actually a very creative process, pushing me to move ahead by going back to the creation slide shows, just like the old days. Slide shows offer you an opportunity to expand the narrative to include sound, as well as more imagery than you’re likely to get in an exhibition. I often think about trying to create immersive experiences, without the excessive use of technology. Audio helps (so turn up the volume on your device to about 50%). I’ll leave it to you to be the judge. If you are on a mobile device and can’t see the thumbnail below, you can find the slide show here.
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.
My work in the Blackstone Valley of central Massachusetts and Rhode Island constantly reminds me of the tension between human activity and the environment. Tension of course can lead to both positive and negative results, on occasion simultaneously. We visited the Blackstone Gorge yesterday, and tried to picnic at the Roaring (or Rolling, depends on who you ask) Dam. It’s a beautiful spot. There’s been a dam here since the early 1800’s. The purpose of the dam was to create a power supply for the explosion of textile mills built along the banks of the Blackstone River. The mills are long gone. The water is getting cleaner thanks to the work of many citizens, communities and various government agencies. But the sediment, the dirt under the River, is still toxic in many places. Removing the sediment will be enormously expensive. Perhaps too expensive. But we’re left with the water’s beauty. A good deal? Perhaps a good lesson.
I’m so sorry, but for those of you, nearly all of you, who follow this site on a mobile device, the video link in the blog posted earlier today was broken. WordPress just doesn’t play nice with mobile devices and video. The proper link for the November 2018 Woonsocket Falls Dam (which was pretty interesting) is posted here.
You have to love social media. Evidently someone created an account on Facebook under the name “James Hunt” and is now spreading around Friend requests. At least some of those are going to existing Facebook friends. Supposedly Facebook has taken that profile down. You can tell if something on Facebook is real because you’ll see my picture (whether you want to or not is another question). The fraudulent profile just has a blank face attached. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Welcome to the environmental photography and sustainability blog of James M. Hunt. Chris, my wife, and I care deeply about our natural environment and in particular those places, beings and phenomena that may not get the attention that they deserve, in spite of their importance. Since the places we tend to frequent may receive a bit less attention, we're often engaged in a process of discovery ourselves. We'll let you know here something of what we learn along the way. Thanks for taking the time to join us.
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