Summer Update

The exhibit of my photography Reclamation: Twenty Years after the Rwandan Genocide closed at The Putney School, Michael S. Currier Center Gallery on May 15th. Thank you to all who attended and made it possible.

Stephen Schaub – for your guidance and artisanal printing of my works

Melissa Johnson – for your energy and assistance with a hammer, nail and eye!

Susan Brearey – for your coordination and support in curating this exhibit

Joyce Kennedy – for your expertise and care in framing

Eve Ogden Schaub – for your hospitality and talkin’ art

Claudine Uwamahoro – for your friendship, curiosity and ambition

My colleagues and family for your continued encouragement and honest feedback

A few of the comments from the exhibit:

“Stunning, transcendent & harrowing!”

“So moving. Stunning photography and commentary adds such poignant dimension too.”

“Thank you for sharing with us a culture that has been left behind the scenes.”

“So very impressive – wonderful talent!”

I’m excited to be collaborating with a few artists here in the States and in Rwanda this summer; I will keep you all updated…

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Light Writing

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Preview of works Exhibited at Studio 239

Open House Weekend, May 21-23, 2010

Some of the allure of memory is that its imagery is just beyond our grasp; we get only hints and suggestions of detail, of space, of color.  The pinhole camera uniquely captures this pleasure, this sense of the eerie—precision eluding the viewer but the subjects, the color and light pull from what we felt was once seen.

These images of the Southern Vermont woods are made with a layering of technique.  They are first captured on film with a pinhole camera in 3 to 4-second, handheld exposures. The negatives are then scanned to a digital file and printed in both negative and positive formats on Fabriano Artistico papers. The texture of the Fabriano paper adds a sculptural quality—a depth as the light reflects more diffusely on the surface.

Experience the works up close:

– May 21-23, 2010 at Studio 239, Bayport, NY. Open House Weekend. Friday 6-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 10-3pm

– June 4, 2010 at First Friday, Philadelphia, PA. Friday 5-9 pm…Old City art district, see http://www.oldcityarts.org/start.html.

Note: For a discussion on the complexity of images, words, and music over time, see: www.philoctetes.org/Past_Programs/The_Lure_and_Blur_of_the_Real.

Have you ever tried Pinhole Photography? Would love to hear your comments and thoughts…

Track and Field

At the Virginia Center for Creative Arts this winter, eleven inches of snow fell the first weekend of my month’s stay and eight more the next.  We worked a boot path in the snow, from the dorms to the studios in what we remembered of the walk underneath.  This print is of the view along that path, the blurred lines of sodden pine boughs and snowdrifts swept with the wind.

Below is one of the handheld, pinhole images of a wooden sculpture that I first worked up quickly at VCCA.  I later scanned the negatives for detail and toned them brown.  This image is 10 inches square, printed at Indian Hill Imageworks on Fabriano Artistico–14 x 17-inches.

Next Week:  Color, Color, Color in Vermont