This past weekend was the start of the 2009 art show schedule for me at the 28th New Paltz Art and Crafts Fair. I love these events as it gives me the opportunity to meet and interact with lots of new people, get real-world feedback on new images, and of-course gain new customers and patrons.
As usual, there are lots of questions about cameras, printing, technique, places I’ve visited, what motivates me, and how I make a living doing what I love. I go out of my way to answer each and every one of them because I don’t really believe in secrets, and my passion for what I do leaves me no other choice. I believe it is this passion and motivation that helps anyone achieve their goals, not some “secret” or special knowledge that one must guard selfishly.
If there was one theme this weekend it had to do with the surprise of many when they realized that my landscape images where of local places, and how I managed to find “beauty” in locations not normally associated with grand landscapes. That the Hudson River could look so different from what most only know from their everyday perceptions was overheard repeatedly. When asked, I always answered that it is more than just the image for me, but about learning and discovery; about the world, but also about myself. My best images reflect what I see and seek in life, what I want to convey to others, and what is most important about the process, the experience.
“The true journey of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having fresh eyes.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
While many travel to far away places to find beauty, it is all around us, especially here in our backyard. But most importantly, it is within us, and it is how I try to approach my photography regardless of where I am. My list of landscapes to visit around the world is long, but whether I get to them all or not doesn’t matter. What does matter is continuing to use the language of photography to say something meaningful, and for that we only need inspiration.
I’ll be at the White Plains Outdoor Art Festival this weekend where I’m honored to be the featured artist, so I’m looking forward to another good show. Most of my images will be shown in canvas, so it’s back to printing and mounting non-stop for the next few days. Stop in if you can, otherwise see you here after the busy weekend!