I recently came across the name of Vera Lutter, reminding me of a talk she gave on her work and methods a few years ago at Harvard. Lutter uses room-size pinhole cameras and huge sheets of photo paper (8 or 10 feet wide) to create unique negative prints, many of urban or industrial landscapes (as well as some memorable images shot in an airplane hangar). Web images obviously don’t provide the experience of seeing her wonderful prints, but her work is well worth seeing in any form.
For the last year or so, I’ve been participating in a project organized by the Concord Agriculture Committee and the Umbrella Arts Center. Eleven juried artists, working in a variety of mediums, were paired with 13 Concord Farms to create works based on what they saw and experienced—not just in the high season of summer, but through four successive seasons — witnessing the farming and work cycles and getting to know the people who make a farm run.
This all comes together with an exhibit at the Umbrella Arts Gallery from September 22 through November 13. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, October 6, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Thanks to the Marshall family at Marshall Farms for allowing me to tromp around their farm for a year, and to Mark Rosen for providing much of the film for this project (including discontinued Kodak 125PX).
I’m happy to be involved again with the Somerville Toy Camera Festival, which includes exhibitions at three non-profit spaces during September and October. In addition to a wide variety of photographic images from artists all over the US (and several from other countries), there are a host of events planned around Somerville and a walk-in camera obscura at the Griffin Museum in Winchester, too.
I’ll have two images hanging at the Nave Annex in Davis Square through October 1, after the opening reception on Friday, September 8, 6:00 to 8:00 pm.