Friday, February 6, 2009

Photo adventure weekend!

I'm really looking forward to this weekend. I'm finally going to get out to do some serious photography with another photog friend of mine. Seems I've been stuck in the house tied up with various things and had not been able to get out and shoot much of this winter. Winter is really my favorite season of the year, next to Autumn as far as photography and shooting outside goes. The skies are ominous and blue/grey, the sun is low in the sky creating beautiful lighting at practically anytime of the day. Locations are quiet and not crowded with people usually, and thats the way I like it. I rarely include people in my scenes. I like to express loneliness, tranquility, abandonment, isolation but in a pleasing and comforting sort of way.
Pleasantly strange. . . I've been told.
So, for a couple of days we'll be at my friend Dawn Petrliks place just over the Catskill mountains in New York State. She and her husband bought a farm up there with a good piece of land and the scenery is just stunning. She plans on using it as an artists retreat, and possibly a gallery as well. She has several buildings on the land including a cool looking old barn, which happens to be one of my favorite subjects. Dawn and I became friends as we exhibited together with the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC).

Dawn is a super talented artist whose works I admire very much. I have a couple of pieces or her work hanging in my studio. One titled "dreamer" is a sculpture (Shown at top) thats absolutely fantastic and is hanging on my wall next to a window. The natural lighting brings out the shapes and contours and always looks a bit different at various times of the day as the lighting changes.I've had the pleasure of knowing Dawn and getting to see some of her works in the makings at her studio in Redhook, Brooklyn. My friend Larry and I will be leaving early Sunday morning and spending a couple of days up there in the area. I'm truly excitied to be able to get to work on some new pieces. Hopefully I'll have a bunch of fresh work to show in the coming weeks.

Here are a few photos from Dawns Studio in Brooklyn. More of Dawns work can been seen on her site at DawnRobyn.

A slide show of her exhibit "the lonely death of esmin green" can be viewed at my site.


Charmingdesigns said...

Thanks for coming by and leaving such a nice comment!! I just told my daughter that you left her a nice comment about her photography...she is going to love yours!!! We'll be back to visit!!! Laurie

Boutique By Bonnie said...

How wonderful to have a private area of land to use as your own photographic playland.

Beholden-To-Nature (Kenna) said...

It was fascinating to see Dawn's work in progress. Hope you had a great relaxing and productive (yes both) weekend! I too, tend to eliminate people from my photos-- not to capture the feelings you're creating so much as... somehow they just don't seem to "belong" in many scenes in my mind's eye... more serene without or something. Anyway, thank you for "stopping by" my blog- glad you enjoyed the visit. Do come by again.

Julie Magers Soulen said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your wonderful comment. I really enjoyed this feature about your friend Dawn and her beautiful sculpture. I too love solitude as you probably gathered from my remote living situation. Your work shows a wonderfully strong and contented side to solitude that I identify with. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.