Pitfall or Preference in Art Collections – Let The Viewer Decide

If you were an artist and had a specific speciality you enjoyed creating, how do you think would be the best way to showcase that collection?

Would you worry over viewer response? Should a body of work be expressed via the artist’s intention and process or should the creator be concerned with a potential audience  experience? These are typical questions I asked myself after attending a exhibit “APISIDES’ by Branford, CT’s landscape photographer Fran McMullen.

The exhibit is being held at eatery Christopher Martins in New Haven, CT. What a great venue – good food and unpretentious atmosphere makes for a relaxing opportunity to take in artwork, conversation and eats.


Aprides is described as, ‘The point of greatest or least distance of the orbit of a celestial body from its center of attraction.’ Looking at these magnificat landscapes that capture the beauty of a singular moment in time, namely the transition of light from day to night, or possibly the exact moment when dawn gives way to the banality of morning, my immediate response is I want to be there. I want to feel my body’s weight sinking, and making claim to the sand beneath my feet. I imagine the sounds and smells of sea air. Unmistakably and undeniably nature, a view of sky and water together, would inspire me to leave any worry I might be harboring aside in lieu of the moment that showed itself.

Nature photography or landscape, call it what you may, is a genre that calls into action so many elements. Timing, framing, color, light, composition… these qualities don’t just happen to line themselves up by chance.

That is what I appreciate about  McMullen’s collection. The subject matter is indeed a grouping of similar themes – outdoor views of a water based landscape filled with a reflective skylight, but that is where it ends. I know each image represents an ever changing day, an every changing moment in time. If you are the kind of person that one sunset satisfies, then you will surely miss the next. NO two are alike just as no two of anything are alike. You have to be open to seeing a hue, where a hint of difference is a world of difference.

To see more of Fran McMullen Photography and landscape work visit: http://franmcmullen.com/?page_id=2046 


  1. Great writing – thank you!

  2. Totally my pleasure – thank you!


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