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Winter Doldrums

Even with the mild winter we are having, it seems difficult to start the year with a road trip.  I have some trips coming up – Sarasota in March and in May, a trip to the Normandy beaches, but for now, it seems to be a time for introspection and perhaps regrouping on the home front.

It also is a time for taking in the odd art show or lecture, so I went last night to the Easton Academy of Arts for a photography lecture called “Uncommon Images” which was all about the work of a diverse group of contemporary photographers.  While there, I was also able to catch the show “On Reading” 100 photographs by Andre Kertesz, taken over a 60 year period with the subject of people reading.  The black and white photos, taken in various places around the world is a reminder of the power of the written word.  I was impressed by the wide range of subjects caught in the act of reading in every imaginable location.  I loved the show.

The lecture was likewise interesting, with images from ten contemporary photographers whose styles reflected everything from the recording of everyday and familiar scenes in a single shot (William Eggleston) to highly staged productions by Jeff Wall.  The images range from personal and intimate (Sally Mann) to digitally manipulated to a fare-thee-well (Andreas Gursky).  Come to think of it though, a manipulated photo by Gursky, entitled Rhein II just sold for 4.3 million so well, the lecture certainly gives me something to think about.  Other artists discussed were:  Ronnie Horn, William Wegman, Chuck Close, Gao Yuan, Catherine Opie and Wang Quingsong.  It was great to see photos by some I knew, and to be introduced to a whole new group of contemporary photographers.

The speaker was Sahm Doherty-Sefton who herself has an impressive portfolio of images, some of which are immediately recognizable.  She is a photo journalist who has captured wonderfully intimate images of everyone from Ronald Reagan to Bob Dylan…a sort of spectrum spanning body of work, wouldn’t you say 🙂

So an off week or two.  Who knows what will come my way next week?  The only thing I can do is stay flexible.  In the meantime, I’m concentrating on the paintings and the photos – entering work in a few shows and hoping for the best.  All things considered, hoping for the best is a great way to start a new year…Happy New Year everyone.



3 thoughts on “Winter Doldrums

  1. I wish I was there to join you for this show! Happy New Year and many, many wonderful road trips!! ❤

    Posted by ta fille allemande | January 13, 2012, 7:59 pm
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    Posted by Argentina Daughtery | January 18, 2012, 7:27 pm


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