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In commemoration of the Quadricentennial celebration taking place during 2009, the Howland Cultural Center is having a photography exhibit titled “Celebrating the Mighty Hudson”. It will feature the work of many local photographers, and I’m honored to have been invited to participate. There will be an opening reception this Saturday Jan 3rd from 3-5pm, and the show will run until the 25th.

I am excited to be a part of this exhibit since much of my work revolves around the Hudson River, and the fact that it’s taking place in my hometown of Beacon, NY is very gratifying. I chose four images that are not only fairly new (captured within the last 3 months), but that also cover different geographic areas and perspectives. My intent is for them to work as a group, conveying both the diversity and varying terrain I seek out on the Hudson. Two of the images (Bear Mtn Fog, Mighty Storm King) were captured high in the mountains to help show the river as it fits within the landscape, while two others (Water Lines, Clouds & Snow) were taken right at the waters edge to create an intimate and “personal” perspective.

I always try to make the viewer feel how I felt, and a part of that is to make the image feel as if you’re actually standing where I stood – as if you can actually step into the scene. I love this immersive experience, and have always studied other photographers who use this technique so well, such as David Muench or Jack Dykinga. Their commitment to conservation is another area I greatly admire and try to emulate.

For the first time, I am also printing these images on canvas, stretching and mounting them myself. I’m using Canson Artist Canvas WR Matte which prints really beautifully, providing rich color, wonderful contrast, and holding critical detail which is very important for me. I have been hesitant to use canvas in the past, but I now feel that this canvas presentation allows me to interpret the photographs without any compromises. Plus I really love the fine texture and non-glare quality, and the organic feel without glass or other obstacle between viewer and image. I’ll be printing a lot more on canvas and plan to have a whole collection available for the upcoming art shows this year.

Ultimately, I hope it helps bring across the emotional connection I feel to the Hudson, and how I never tire of finding new and exciting ways to interpret its beautiful qualities. Yes I have many trips planned to places ways from home this year, and look forward to expanding my landscape portfolio. But the Hudson has a place dear my heart and minds eye.

Please stop in on Saturday, celebrate the New Year, and enjoy all of the great photography.

The Howland Cultural Center
477 Main Street, Beacon
New York 12508

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