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.
Over this past six months I’ve been exploring a variety of ways of getting imagery out there in product form in a fashion that represents some of my thinking, beyond the single image. The first of these presents a series of images from the east coast of the U.S. on a topic soon to be of importance to everyone, the rising seas.
Click on the link here to download a pdf. You can view the pdf on either a tablet or a computer. Alas, the navigation buttons work only on a computer. However, on a tablet, you can just swipe. These images are also available as a folio with images and colophon, printed on archival matte paper, 8.5″ X 11″, boxed for $60.00. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thanks.
I’m very happy to announce that my good friends at the Art Emporium in Westborough, Massachusetts have honored me by holding a small exhibition and print sale of my work, beginning today. This exhibition is going to be a bit different for me in that the theme is really drawn more from the visual impact of the imagery than the content of the image itself. I’m calling the collection Abstract Scenes though they are not all abstract. Several of them represent nearly point and shoot experiences that took place because I was in the right place at the right time. It was the experience of the color (from the scene, not from photoshop) that gave one an other worldly experience. One of my favorites was from Rock House Reservation, in West Brookfield, Massachusetts, not far from the Quabbin Reservoir.
Everything about what was happening at the scene at that moment conspired to intensify and saturate the color. The blue sky, the reflections, the clouds, the leaves in the water, the foliage along the shoreline and the fact that it had just rained (which saturates reds in particular) made walking out to the location (right off Route 9) almost paralyzing. I went back one day later and it was over.
Normally though, you’ve got to get up pretty early in the morning to get such powerful light. These first two were of an abandoned pier just off the shore at Ocean City, New Jersey (not Maryland) shot at sunrise.
This final image, representative of some of the images in the exhibition, was shot at sunset at Cape May, New Jersey. After sunset, with very little luck, there is a about a ten minute window in which everything in the sky turns blue. This shot was captured after about an hour’s wait, at the same location.
I want to thank Ed Turner, the owner of the Art Emporium (and someone who has long supported my work) for holding this exhibition and sale. Please stop by if you’re interested and in the area.
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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