The Scenic Hudson 50th Anniversary Photo exhibition wraps up its year long journey through the Hudson Valleyt at Grand Central Station this coming Friday October 25th. This coincides with the 2013 PhotoPlus Expo at the Javits Center this weekend as well, so if you come down to the Expo on Friday, its worth the visit to Grand Central. In addition to the prints that have been on display all year (including four of my own), Annie Leibovitz will also be displaying her large-scale installation of 150 images of people and things that make the region special. You can check out a preview of it here.
Working with Scenic Hudson on this exhibition since late last year when I printed and framed all of the pieces has been a great experience, and I am grateful for the chance to be a part of something much larger than any single piece or artist. As photographers we often get wrapped up in our own work, what others think of it (especially whether they like it), and all the other ego driven ideas that come with the territory – I’m no exception. But one thing I’ve learned in my career, and especially in this exhibition, is that the rewards that come from working on something with wide ranging benefits for others far exceeds any thing I’ve done on a personal level. Whether it’s environmental issues, education, or simple donations to worthy causes, it always gives me a tremendous satisfaction in knowing photography is still a meaningful and powerful medium to tell stories, nature inspired or otherwise – regardless of the naysayers.
As I mentioned above, I’ll be guest artist with Canson Infinity once again this year at the Javits Center, so it’s a great opportunity to stop by and ask questions about fine art papers, printing, and photography in general. I’m always happy to help anyone with questions or issues, and the staff at Canson are a great group of people who really understand photographers as people and artists. And if nothing else, stop in and say hello!