Archive for October, 2016
Oct 26, 2016

Ferriswheel

 

I was working on a personal project photographing goats which started in South Royalton, VT and ended in Topsfield, MA at the #TopsfieldFair. As I entered the turnstile to leave, I just happened to look up and saw the cotton ball clouds and knew I had to photograph them some how. As I looked around, I saw the ferriswheel in the distance and knew that was the shot. So I ran to the other side of the fairgrounds in hopes of getting there before the light changed. Of course, I didn’t have a tripod with me because it’s impossible to photograph fast moving goats and lug a tripod around at the same time. I put a 20mm on, braced myself as best I could, took a deep breath and shot wide open at an 8th of a second. I guess you could say I got lucky with this one as it is tack sharp! I shot it spinning too, but this version really spoke to me. 

“Ferris Wheel”, 24”x8.5” on a 26”x10.5″ sheet.

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Printed on Canson Etching Rag on an Epson 3880.

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Oct 26, 2016

SOUTH JETTY, PLUM ISLAND

 

It was December, not much snow on the ground and the wind was a steady 15-20 mph. I don’t know what the actual temperature was, but even with every piece of cold weather gear I owned on, including 3 layers of gloves, an EMS mountain parka good to -5º below 0, and I was still cold. And that is saying a lot since I used to live in Alaska and thought I was used to the cold. But I was on Plum Island in Newburyport, MA an hour before sunrise. Who knew it could get that cold here! The jetty helps protect the mouth of the Merrimac River along with the North Jetty just across the mouth in Salisbury, MA. When I left the house there was a heavy overcast and I wondered why I was doing this, the sun will never show with this much cloud cover. My gear was ready to go so I didn’t have to expose my fingers to the cold too long. When I walked out on the beach it was very dark but I saw a very dim hint of light on the horizon so I decided to stay. I composed my shot and waited. As the clouds lifted, the light on the horizon turned a beautiful pink magenta. I was cold, couldn’t stop shaking, I’d lost most of the feeling in my fingers, but I was there and determined to get the shot. The wind was blowing hard and I had to unzip my parka to block my tripod and camera to help minimize camera shake. After a few frames, I couldn’t take the cold any longer and headed back to the warmth of my car. I love this photo and the memories of that morning.

“South Jetty”, Plum Island – 24”x8.5” on a 28”x10.5″ sheet.

$200.00.

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Printed on Canson Etching Rag on an Epson 3880.

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Three Photographers  —  Three Journeys

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Newburyport, MA

November 2 – November 27

OPENING RECEPTION – MEET THE ARTISTS  •  Nov. 5, 1 – 6pm

Light refreshments will be served


George Disario, Bobby Schatz and Frank Siteman crossed paths over 30 years ago on a busman’s holiday up in Rockport Maine. At first there was curiosity between them, then respect, then friendship, and down the road, even love. They shared their dreams, philosophies and war stories about their take on the state of photography. Over the years there have been times where cares of the world have pulled them apart but not far enough to break the bond. If one of them drifted too far the other two always came together to pull the other back. Time and again they  came back together, side by side, as a kind of sanctuary to fill up their tanks. 

Three Photographers – Three Journeys is the first time in their 30+ year friendship that their work has hung side by side. It is an honor for all of us at Sweethaven Gallery to host this show.


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 Before he was six, Bob Schatz’s parents discovered that he had been    sneaking his father’s camera, and a neighbor came to the rescue with a gift of  a Brownie box camera for Schatz’s eighth birthday. Self-taught, he found the  magic of the darkroom when his high school yearbook advisor showed him  how to process film and print. In his senior year at Belmont University, he  won ‘Best in Show’ at the Nashville Art Directors Guild. Through out his  career, Bobby has been drawn to the simplicity of the Shakers and has striven to capture the simple statement, simple line, simple life. You find that same ethic and shape throughout New England. Andrew Wyeth was drawn to the clean lines and softness of light in the Olson house near the coast of Maine. It’s the reason Bobby was drawn to live in Vermont from the deep south.

His clientele includes Time magazine, McMillian Publishing, Honeywell International, HCA, and many others. His artworks have been exhibited around the country and are included in the permanent collections of museums, corporations, and private collectors.


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 Frank Siteman was raised in Saint Louis, Missouri, where his Uncle Sid gave  him a camera when he turned 14. Soon afterward, Siteman was making 50  cents each for shooting portraits of new hires for the school-district’s  newsletters. After High School, he enrolled at Tufts University and traded  portraits of the faculty for tuition payments, and a free-lance tradition was  born which continues today. He graduated with a B.A. in visual  communications and in his first year out of college, Siteman taught photography at Boston’s Roxbury Latin School, Simmons College The Orson Welles Film School and the Art Institute of Boston. During his first Christmas break from teaching high school, he unwittingly started shooting for stock during a last minute trip to Morocco. Future trips took him to Iceland shooting volcanoes, to Russia to document life at the transition to democracy, and to Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands to photograph endangered ecosystems.

Over the years, Siteman has shot annual reports for companies as diverse as Thermo Electron, Altana Pharma, and City Year, and has done advertising photos for clients such as Canon, Pfizer, Fidelity Investments and Boston Whaler.


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 “My intent is always to connect a thread from my life’s experiences to my  work. It is the conversation that I have with the rest of the world.”

George Disario came to America from the U.K. when he was 8. He lived on    the third floor of a triple decker in East Boston and was an inner city kid. His   grandfather was a working artist and made George aware of composition   and taught him to see and recognize that light had characteristics beyond volume. It also had direction, color and quality. Eventually he was given a scholarship to the MFA Boston. He didn’t know it at the time but it changed his life.

For over forty years as a commercial photographer, he has been “chasing the light” his grandfather made him so aware of. He has photographed hundreds of campaigns and worked his way around the world several times on behalf of US businesses. One project took him to Nike, Mellon Bank, BMW, British Air and The Bank of China in China. His work is a blend of art and commerce and his job is to create strong, visually compelling photographs every time.


 

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Plum Island is a beautiful barrier island on the North East coast of Massachusetts which is shared by the towns of Newburyport, Newbury, Rowley and Ipswich, and is one of my favorite places in the world. Half of the island is made up of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge which was established in 1941 to provide feeding, resting, and nesting habitat for migratory birds. Living in Newburyport gives me the chance to visit as often as I can, and I do. The island is bordered by The Great Marsh, which is the North Shore’s largest continuous stretch of Salt Marsh in New England, extending from Cape Ann to New Hampshire. We were leaving the island just after sunset when I noticed the pink cloud over Mutt & Jeff, which is just one of the names the locals have given the two cedar trees. Unfortunately, the tall tree on the left was blown down during a storm a couple of years ago. The trees sit on a dike on the western edge of the North Pool and we were on the road at the edge of the North Field about 600 yards from the trees. Up to this point, I had tried to photograph the trees on several occasions without any success. This is the best situation I had and have seen since, and my best attempt to date. The best photo of the trees I have seen by anyone is a beautiful duo-tone entitled “Two Trees” by Cameron Sesto taken with her flip-phone in 2003 as part of her Phone Cam series which can be seen at this link http://www.cameronart.com/project/photography/, and which an original of hangs on our walls at home.
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“Two Cedars”, 13.5”x9” on a 13×19 sheet.
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Printed on Canson Etching Rag on an Epson 3880.
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