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The Hidden World of the Nearby

THREE COLLECTIONS

   LANDSCAPES       FLOWERS        MUSIC

LANDSCAPES are by far the largest in number and are the core of my work. However there are  two new smaller collections: FLOWERS and MUSIC which I have focused on recently partly because of new ideas and new technologies, and partly because I can no longer manage the weight and bulk of a view camera and its accessories.

I spent several years exploring New England and eventually 15 states before discovering a direction for my work. For the most part I avoided iconic images to the extant that I began calling my collection The Hidden World of the Nearby. In HIDDEN WORLDS I discuss how this name came about.

The landscape  collection is divided into 14 galleries, each focusing on a particular subject or place. The landscape galleries contain 323 images I made with a 4" x 5" view camera over a period of 28 years. The images are culled from the 20,000 transparencies I exposed.

Slowly I realized several things about the landscape mages I liked best and the qualities I like in landscapes I have extended to flowers and musical instruments: 1.The images are complex, with much texture and fine detail; 2. I often keep a center of interest to a minimum, but put subtle clues for the eye  to follow hoping to draw the viewer in for a closer look; 3. I like texture, especially colored texture that I can use as a basis for the composition; 4. My favorite images look like they might have been cut from a large tapestry that extends indefinitely. In the landscape collection I began gradually to concentrate on certain subjects and locations that I visited again and again, usually for a period of about 10 years. Each of these subjects and locations has its own gallery under LANDSCAPES. 

Musical instruments have always struck me by their beauty and craftsmanship. From a project I started to provide art for Bose stores, I began to remake straight images of the instruments into studies of form and texture. Each image is from a single instrument and was made using Photoshop exclusively.

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