Big News

The big news is that I will be having an exhibition of the photographs I made a year ago in Antarctica at the Art Gallery on the University of New England’s Portland Campus. The doors will open January 26, 2017 and the work will be hanging until April 23, 2017. We have yet to decide on dates for an opening or closing party or gallery talks or other events. At least the dates have been locked in place.

How did this come together? In this case I edited down from the original 3,000 or so RAW frames made during the three weeks aboard Pelagic Australis to about 36 images which where then tweaked before being printed digitally.

Then curators were invited to see the work, discussions were had, negotiations were held, directors were consulted and the decision was finally made just after the new year.

Art Gallery on UNE's Portland Campus

Façade of the Art Gallery on UNE’s Portland Campus

I’m happy. I’m also amused that my mostly white photos of ice will be displayed in a white cube in the middle of a Maine winter. What could be more appropriate?

But—and this is a nice but—there’s more. The Antarctica photographs will be hung on one floor, while an older body of work I did which documented the remains of the granite quarry industry on the islands of Maine will be on another floor and a few images I made while hiking around with the Incas in Peru after the sail to Antarctica will be hung on the third, lower level. I will talk more about how these three bodies of work mesh together in a later blog post.

And I have plenty of time to make all the frames, which is going to be a big job. More about this later, also. Stay tuned, as they say….

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4 thoughts on “Big News

  1. Ed Neubauer says:

     Glad to see this one

  2. marianbakerpottery says:

    John! Nice! I’ll look forward to seeing a show of work of this amazing trip! cheers Marian

  3. Congratulations. That is indeed a big deal. Very happy for you. Perhaps we can make it in April 2017, so I hope there is a closing celebration. You certainly deserve this kind of exposure. I hope there will be a catalog. Bonnie

  4. sheamft@gmail.com says:

    > HUGE congratulations ! Frannie and I are marking the calendar for next January…

    > Will be able to have good supply of seal jerky by then if we start now…

    > >

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