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Quabbin Memories, Boston’s Water: A New Exhibition

It has certainly been a difficult week in these parts and our hearts go out to everyone effected by the sad events at the Boston Marathon and our thanks go out to everyone trying so hard to keep us safe. The work of art seems to pale in comparison to the importance of such events, but the work does go on.  April can be a difficult month, and it certainly was 75 years ago for those who lived in the four towns that were taken to create the Quabbin Reservoir:  Enfield, Prescott, Greenwich and Dana.  On April 28, 1938 the towns were unincorporated by an act of the Legislature.  The process of putting people off the land had already begun well before that date, and it was to continue until what we now know of as the Quabbin was finished.  As anyone who follows this blog is aware, the creation of the Reservoir resulted in an accidental wilderness where a most critical resource, water, exists side by side with forest, wildlife, history and memories.  We’ve been blessed with the chance to visit the Quabbin and surrounding areas many times over the past six years and I’m happy to say that an exhibition of that work has just today gone on display at the Gallery at the Jewish Community Center in Worcester.

The pieces in the exhibition are not meant to document the Quabbin.  Others have done that so much better.  It is rather a collection of artist images inspired by the experience of being in that special place where nature and engineering, past and present, coexist.  As always though, I do have one more practical agenda:  to remind people that precious natural resources like water don’t come easy or cheap.  Those put off the land sacrificed their homes so that much of the eastern portion of Massachusetts would have plentiful naturally filtered water.  It is important to remember that billions of our fellow residents of planet Earth aren’t so lucky.  We owe then a debt of gratitude to those who made that sacrifice and this exhibition is meant to honor them.


There are a number of new infrared captures represented in the collection as well as more traditional (we’re now saying that regular digital is traditional I guess) images.


If you are interested, please stop by for a visit.  The exhibition is open as of today and will run through June.  The formal opening will take place on Sunday, May 5th, from 3 – 5 PM


Those not familiar with the Jewish Community Center should be aware that it is very welcoming to people of all faiths.  It’s a large, wonderful community institution that plays an important role in the cultural and social life of central Massachusetts and I’m honored to have been offered a chance to present my work there.  I want to thank Nancy Greenberg from the JCC for making the exhibition possible and I also want to thank Ron Rosenstock who really suggested we give this a try.  Ron is one of New England’s (and beyond really) best nature photographers.  You can see more about his work here.  Last year Ron had a significant run at the Worcester Art Museum.  He is the only photographer I’ve ever personally know who had an advertisement, about him, placed as a bill board in a a major city.  He’s also one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet should you get the chance.  Thank you Ron and Nancy!  Let’s all hope for a better week!



My first Quabbin book, now available….

I’m thrilled to announce that my first book of Quabbin imagery, Water, Forest and Light:  A Journey Through the Quabbin, is now available.  This relatively short work includes over 35 of my favorite images, thus far…At this site, you can preview the book, and order if you’re so inclined. Thanks to Chris and Molly for their help on this project.  More to come….  (Click on the image below for more details and the preview site.)


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By James M. Hunt


Great Trees of Worcester – The Rural Cemetary

As I continue to explore the great trees of Worcester, I have been guided recently by a most interesting work, Trees at Risk, by Evelyn Horwitz.  This outstanding book is really a history of Worcester, as the author takes us well beyond the role that the forest at first, and then the shade and park trees that came after the forest was destroyed, have played in the City. She’s an outstanding researcher/writer (though she is scholarly at times, those not up for a detailed compilation of the facts should be prepared to scan and skip as necessary) and her history has guided me to a range of new locations, including the Rural Cemetery, which is just off Grove St. The Rural Cemetery, actually a private institution, was inspired by the public health and aesthetic movements taking hold in the pre-Civil War era, in the U.S. The founders of the Rural Cemetery, the Lincolns and Salisburys among others were staunch believers in the value of wooded spaces, even while their business interests collided with the environment. This is a wonderfully peaceful place, the mood set in large measure by the wonderful Ash, Beach and Maple trees (to name just a view), that shade the grounds.  Some are obviously quite old, certainly dating back to the 1800’s if not back to the time of the founding of the Cemetery.

I don’t normally publish pictures of cemeteries on my web site, out of respect for those lost and those still here.  In the spirit of Memorial Day, and with an intent to encourage others to appreciate what we’ve got, I wanted to share a few of these images. The images are presented for educational purposes only.  I”m again working in infrared to create black and white images that I think speak to the grandure of the great trees of Worcester.

All images copyright (c) James M. Hunt, 2010, all rights reserved.

The Great Trees of Worcester

It’s not easy being an urban tree.  They don’t live all that along, on average around thirteen years.  These trees have lived longer.  In winter, you can see how great they are, though some are past their prime.  You can also see how fragile they are.