I’m honored to report that one of my images just received a third place award at the “Anything Goes” Photography Exhibition at the Blackstone Valley Arts Association in Uxbridge, Massachusetts. There is some tremendous work in the exhibition so if you’re in the area, considering stopping in. I was particularly pleased because the juror was Stephen Dirado. He’s one of the top fine art photographers in New England and though I’ve actually never met him, I’ve followed him for some time. He shots large format black and white photography, and his imagery is absolutely stunning. This is an abstract image, taken at the South Natick Dam along the Charles River. I thought of a Greek Letter. You’re invited to draw your own conclusions.
I’m grateful to be able to announce a soon to be published portfolio in Black and White Magazine. My work “Lost in the Water” was chosen for a portfolio merit award and will be published this summer. For those who don’t know how such things work, in a portfolio competition, you submit one or more portfolios of as many images as the publication requests, grouped around a particular theme. The interesting question for me has to do with what the editors actually end up choosing to publish. It is almost never would I expect, reminding me once again just how subjective art really is. But no matter, as I said, I’m grateful. Here is my selection of a four favorites from the submission.
These are from a location that has become very special to me, the South Natick, Massachusetts Dam along the Charles River. I was able to work there even though I was pretty ill at the time. The River helped me a great deal and I’m also very grateful for that assistance as well.
If you want to see what the editors chose, you can find their take in Black and White Magazine (the U.S. publication), Issue 177, August 2017. Alas, photography magazines can be hard to find but Barnes and Noble is probably a good bet.
It’s been a challenging year, largely health wise. I’m very glad it’s passing for the most part, though many good things have happened. You realize who you can count on when times are tough and I’m blessed with some folks who were there for me. My, wife, daughter and son-in-law are at the top of the list, along with a crucially important poodle, a couple of very good doctors and some friends. Things are looking up so perhaps more productivity will be visible very shortly. To all who have faced tough times, and there are so many in our world, I hope your 2016 offers some hope.
I must confess, then that in spite of their efforts to assist me, I hate going to the doctor. It’s not the doctor, it’s going for the visit. This is my problem, not their problem, but I hate it regardless. I don’t know what the issue is, but it has always been with me even though I grew up around doctors. Yesterday, we had the last visit for 2015 (but, ah, it ain’t over yet…..I know, I know, I’m knocking on wood as fast as I can!). I was relieved, to say the least. We’re heading home and looking for a creative thing to do for lunch. Of course, it is spring time in New England (I know, I’m really tempting fate here for the second time in the same blog posting. I’m sure I will be sorry I said that in a few days or weeks at most). The temperature is unseasonably warm. We decided to stop off at the South Natick Dam, a very contemplative spot along the Charles River in the town of Natick, Massachusetts. Got a couple of chicken caesar wraps and went to sit on one of the benches along the river. It was very dark and still cool, but getting warmer. Actually, the air was becoming warmer than the very still water. The show began.
Fog started to come drift down the river, which was so still it offered perfect reflections. Always have a camera with you, and I don’t mean an iPhone. I’ll let the images tell the rest of the story.
A nice Christmas gift, the left us almost as quickly as it arrived. Happy Holidays to you and yours.