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A Tale of Three Cities: Paris • New York • Portland

2015 is the Year of Photography in Maine with close to three dozen exhibitions scattered around the state. One exhibition will be opening in two weeks—July 28—at the University of New England Art Gallery in Portland. Six of my photos are in it: two from each of the three cities. Nice. But no ice this time. That comes in 2017.

Here’s the show announcement. If you’re in the area, please stop by.

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UNE PPN textThere will be two gallery talks, with many of the photographers present: 5pm, August 13, and 5pm, September 10.

Some of the photographers in the exhibition are: Berenice Abbott, Melonie Bennett, Rudy Burckhardt, Tillman Crane, Dan Dow, John Eide, Judy Glickman, Barbara Goodbody, Dennis Griggs, Joe Guertin, Ernst Haas, Rose Marasco, Peter Michelena, Stacy Mitchell, Jack Montgomery, Marta Morse, Jack Nordby, Heath Paley, Scott Peterman, William Rideout, Jerry Robinov, Kristin Robinson, Mason Smith, Ruth Sylmor, Darrell Taylor, Fran Vita-Taylor, Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest, David Wade, Todd Webb, Malcolm Wilson.

Check out The Maine Photo Project for more activity around the state.

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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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What’s Been Happening

It’s been seven months since I returned from my South America adventure and while I have not posted anything, much has happened. One of my goals while in Antarctica was to photograph as many icebergs and glaciers and frozen landscapes as I possibly could. And that I did, coming back with close to 3,000 frames from the three weeks we spent on board the Pelagic Australis sailing down the Antarctic Peninsula.

Sorting through those 3,000 images at first seemed daunting until I sorted them by subject, and then kept scrolling though until I had a sense of what I wanted to print. My goal was, and still is, to have an exhibition of the work somewhere near Portland, Maine, my home base, so I can share the work with others.

The initial sort was simple. Put all the ice/berg/frozen landscape images in one folder; birds, whales and other critters in a second folder; people and the boat in a third, etc. That still left over 1,000 images in the ice/berg/frozen landscape folder, so I kept scrolling through until I narrowed them down to 150. Way too many, but a good start. Then the hard part began: how to get those 150 down to a manageable three dozen. But I did, eventually.

Since I’m six years into my retirement and therefore have spent six years away from working seriously with Photoshop, I hired a wonderful technician to bring me back up to speed and to oversee the printing of the images. What’s even better is that she’s an incredible image maker. I encourage you to check out Gabriella Sturchio’s work.

We have proofed, edited, tweaked, and now printed about 24 images. They look beautiful.

I’m currently inviting curators to look at the work with the intention of mounting an exhibition at some point in the next year. Stay tuned.

Here are a few of the final images. Enjoy them.

 

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