Exhibit of Photographs
The Glen Eddy, Niskayuna
Of course I may change my mind a bit between now and then, but this is my thinking at the present time.
These small prints don’t do justice to the large prints, and the large prints don’t do justice the actual scene I was looking at when I took the picture. That’s the nature of photography, I guess. I try to bring it all back in that little black box called a camera. The prints are different from the actual scene, but perhaps some of them will generate some small emotional response in you.
Some of these go way back even to a 4×5 speed graphic camera or one of my 35mm film cameras and black and white film processed in one of the various darkrooms I worked in over the years. Some of them were recorded on my 35mm Canon Digital SLR or my more recent 35mm SLR Nikon D810. Love that Nikon!
22×16, frame 28×23 The East side of Monhegan Island, Maine. This beautiful island is served by three boat lines. We usually go from Port Clyde. There are three inns and many rentals on the island and many artists and their studios. Most of the East side facing the Atlantic Ocean is undeveloped, except for the fantastic trail along the cliffs and down to the beaches.
22×11, frame, 26,15 A quiet morning at Turner Cove, Isle au Haut, our absolute favorite vacation spot. We rented a half house there many times, beginning at about 1988. I paddled my kayak out from this spot many times, in foggy weather and clear, but not when it was stormy. I used to bring my camera out with me. Cameras in kayaks can be risky, but the risk was worth it.
17×12, frame, 24×20 SE Nova Scotia. We stayed in a cabin there a couple of times, many years ago before I had a kayak. This scene, a quiet morning, looks perfect for a little paddle. I took lots of photos there, all on film in black and white.
20×14, frame, 18×24 Alaska, a trip we took with the Road Scholar people, “Alaska’s Inner Passage”. Spectacular scenery on a small ship. We went in September, had perfect weather except for one day when it rained. On that day I sat on the top open deck, under a big tarp, and watched the scenery pass by, including a nice rainbow.
16×10, frame, 21×16 Sunrise on Isle au Haut. Our bedroom windows faced East so I could lift my head off my pillow and see this scene. That’s a lobster fisherman on his way to check his traps. They are not allowed to fish before sunrise.
21×14, frame, 26×20 On Isle au Haut, Maine, looking down the East side along Boom Beach. This “beach” consisted of rocks and pebbles, smoothed and rounded by the action of the surf hitting the shore. They say that when the winter storms came, you could hear the rocks crashing down in town, a couple of miles away.
13×9, frame. 20×16 Milkweed pods I saw just around the corner from my Myron Street home. I considered milkweed a weed in my garden, but it does support the monarch butterflies.
13×8, frame, 17×12 Culross, Scotland. Cobblestone streets, National Heritage site. Obviously, people live in these very old houses. I wonder what it’s like inside!
10×7, frame, 15×11 Apple blossoms in my old back yard. I planted a couple of apple trees a few years ago,but didn’t get much in the way of fruit. The blossoms were a joy! I had better luck with peaches and sour cherries, not to mention raspberries and blackberries.
40×12, frame, 44×16 Alaska, on the Road Scholar trip “Alasks’a Inner Passage”. The scenery was incredible as was the weather. Our trip was in September, the last of the season. I sat on the deck with camera in hand for many hours.
14×9, frame, 20×16 Boom Beach, Isle au Haut, Maine. A beautiful spot. I spent hours there watching the ocean, sky, birds, fog banks, stones. Fog banks would often come ashore, making the scene even more beautiful. Some of the residents complained of too many foggy days, but I like to phorograph the soft light.
13×9, frame, 20×16 Wales.. We had a couple of trips to Wales. We were awaiting transport to a small nearby island when I took this photo. You can walk much of the Welsh coast on the Pemberton Trail, often on the cliffs, usually offering a fantastic view over the sea.
12×17, frame 16×21 This tree was on the grounds of Cawdor Castle in England. The gardens were fantastic! Our trip to Western England was sponsored by the Friends of the Schenectady Public Library.
19×11, frame, 24×16 Jackson’s Gardens, Union College. The gardens are still there. This was taken on infrared film. The “brook that bounds through old union’s grounds” is still there. It occasionally floods the gardens. Worth a visit any season.
21×16, frame. 28×24 The Glen Eddy courtyard on a foggy morning. We moved into the Glen Eddy more than a year ago. The grounds are generally well kept, especially the courtyard.
18×12, frame 24×18 DownEast Maine, on the Bold Coast Trail at Truscott, Maine., a spectacular trail goes along the cliffs and occasionally down on the beaches. I hiked there three times. This photo was taken on my first trip, a beautiful foggy day!