Photography exhibit ‘Powerful yet Fragile: Connecticut Waterways’ On View

A new exhibit titled ‘Powerful yet Fragile: Connecticut Waterways’ features works by the group, Women Photographers of Connecticut, and is on view at Stamford Museum & Nature Center, (SM&NC), in Stamford, CT from Feb. 18 – May 29, 2017.

The call for works only specified water, and the resulting exhibit shows the subject in various conditions from drought to beauty. In  Kirsten J. Reinhardt, Curator of Collections & Exhibitions, asks “Since Colonial times, humans have been altering the waterways of Connecticut.  Dams were built to power mills and generate energy. Roads were built beside and across the major rivers and streams. How has human activity impacted the riparian, wetland and coastal habitats?”

Exhibit text, ‘Powerful yet Fragile: Connecticut Waterways’ ©2017 by Kirsten J. Reinhardt, RPA
Curator of Collections & Exhibitions.

It’s a question worth asking, particularly if you contextualize that perspective alongside current events of floods in California, to places where access to potable water remains a challenge.

The Facebook group Women Photographers of Connecticut was created by Geneva Renegar with the purpose of creating a supportive photographic community. There are no hard and fast rules to the group. While themes are provided, members don’t necessarily have to post to the running theme. The page is an open forum for photography ideas, questions and discoveries.

The SM&NC is a great resource in Connecticut that offers education, arts and science programming for children and adults. The grounds are beautiful for nature walks and the facilities offer a perfect setting for family and business events.

The Stamford Observatory is a research facility used by members of the Fairfield County Astronomical Society and is situated on the museum grounds. For hours and more info on the observatory visit:

http://www.stamfordmuseum.org/observatory.html

For general information on SM&NC programming and venue rentals visit:  http://www.stamfordmuseum.org/index.html

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.

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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