Annual Show 2018
Photo: Doina Iliescu
May 1 - June 30, 2018
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Making photographs challenges me to both be and act in the moment. While photographing, I must be acutely aware of my surroundings, yet, at the same time, bring my unique perspective to the scene. This practice of being and acting in the moment underlies every genre I’m exploring—street photography, landscapes, seascapes, nature, environmental portraits, and events.
When I made “Faraway Thoughts,” I was intentionally looking for street images. As I spotted a person seated behind a restaurant window, I also noticed the letter “O” on the window itself. I quickly moved to see if I could capture the face within the outline of the letter.
For “Into the Distance” I had a similar framing experience. As I was standing on the shore observing the setting sun and planning how to photograph it, my eyes were following the parent and child as they moved toward the horizon. They were my focal point, but I wanted just the right background light to silhouette the figures. I waited for the right moment.
’Windows on Centre Street’
The “Windows on Centre Street” photos frame ordinary and very transient moments of life on Centre Street, a lively neighborhood retail district in Jamaica Plain, where people come to buy shoes, find their kitchen utensils, read in one of at least four coffee houses on the street, get a haircut or, eat out. My photographs often talk about ordinary places and moments in time in those places, an homage to the daily lives of ordinary people. Here, with these, I’d say what’s important are the color, reflections and the tender momentary joy with being alive that these people exhibit. Their relationship to the windows that frame or accompany them is important. With one, “Boy in a window”, we are looking out a window past the boy onto Centre Street. He is a boy happy in the moment who incidentally has just gotten a haircut on Centre Street. And with “Workers in a window” we look from the outside through the window of a restaurant (a Centre Street anchor). In this case we see two people who are normally behind the scenes at the restaurant, taking a break, enjoying their own meal and looking out onto the world through the window on a winter day.
‘Waiting for the sunrise’
Waiting for the sunrise, stillness, like the expansive ocean.
Warmth rolls over the horizon as the steam rises up.
The frigid cold is unforgiving, providing an excellent screen for the noise.
One can abandon the rampant thoughts engulfing the mind.
The crisp air stings the nostrils, and the shutter gasps.
This is a treasure, lasting for a few moments before the day begins.
When the clouds roll in and the sun bids farewell, an icy landscape penetrates the heart.
Despair not, for impermanence is the law of the land.
‘Iceland Light: Inside and Out’
Diffused or distilled, light is the essence of photography. For me, the expression of that light is what motivates me to shoot. Whether indoors or out, I look for intensity, color, and movement of light to shape a landscape, define its perimeters, harden or soften its edges, and create a mood. In these two images, “Harpa from the Inside,” and “Traversing Eyjafjallajökull,” the light shifted in minutes and changed the nature of place. Capturing these landscapes in their transitory state of light was the moment I wanted to portray. I invite you to share in the tranquility of these lightscapes.
Orlene Stradford Hagedorn
Photography is all about light. Be it be a mid-day aerial view or a misty early morning, our view of the natural world is constantly changed by the sun. I like to shoot landscapes at different times of day, capturing the metamorphose from dawn to dusk, sunlight to shadow. These photos, from the series Alaska, show two starkly different views, above and below, bright and misty, of the Fairweather Range.
‘Humans Live in Trees’
In my work I always try to elicit the human element from my subjects. Naturally, this is simple with people, but I also photograph a lot of products, buildings, living and working spaces, etc., so I try to animate them as well. It is in the off moments when not trying to compose a photo that I am often struck by the personalities of trees. They jump out at me and express themselves in playful, somber, sensual, and exuberant poses.
This series began with a tree which grew in my front yard, and I would muse upon its graceful form over the years. The birch is at a well-travelled public route and was shot as I drove through an intersection. The pine face introduced itself to me just as I was about to leave a nature sanctuary with the feeling that I would run into friends that day. I continue to enlarge this circle of friends just by welcoming them with open eyes. I hope you enjoy them as well.
‘Faces: A story told’
People have many faces with different stories to be captured for all time in but a fraction of a second. Most will agree that the eyes serve as the gateway to the soul. However, the eyes have to exist in the context of the person. It’s this aspect of an image that I find most compelling. I’m intrigued by the ways people fit themselves in the spaces they occupy. No matter what the space each person will find balance in that space in a way that is his or her own. It serves to enlighten their story as much as any other aspect of the photograph.
Guest Artists at the opening:
Cecelia E. Vaughan, aka Iti Kafi (pronounced eeti ka-fee), translated from Choctaw means “sassafras tree”.
Cecelia was raised in southern California and has made Massachusetts home for over forty years.
Cecelia is intrigued with the spiritual world and occurrences. She writes autobiographical fiction. Jack Kerouac, Mona Susan Power, Shirley Jackson, Tony Morrison have been her inspiration.
Jack Vaughan is a Boston-based technology writer and poet. In 1990 he coauthored a blues poetry collection — “Sunnyland Blues" — together with pianist Sunnyland Slim.
Robert is a poet, author and artist.
Geraldine Barney's art explores the relationship between traditional Navajo values & beliefs with contemporary city life. Straddling two cultures is a prominent theme in her art.
Annual Show 2017
Photo: Steve Johnson
May 1 - June 30, 2017
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I am a tree worshiper. Photography enables me to pay homage to these majestic creations—whether my subject is the entire tree, one of its parts, or its relationship to its surroundings. I hope viewers of these images will not only experience a similar sense of awe about these trees, but also look at trees they encounter with new eyes.
"Night shift could be the only option, comes as a blessing. Long hours, standing on another side, feeling isolated, small? Doesn’t matter, feeds the family! Strangers are passing by, one could be a friend. No, they are not buying it. Why am I here? A word could change a mood, but there are no words. Music from the radio is a friend, spitting out leftovers from home. Memories are a burden, green paper is a relief. Hey, keep going, the sun will come out, soon! While others are waking up, embracing a new day, he’ll go to sleep and dream his dream."
From the series “Immigrants: Out of the Shadow”.
I chose to call this series “Emergence,” because the photos represent the quality of “coming forth from concealment.” These photos are about mystery – what emerges from the light when we choose to illuminate the darkness. Every time I click my camera’s shutter, there is an element of surprise that emerges from the space of the open shutter – a moment when light both shelters the subject and consumes it.
"Romania's Faces of Triumph”
I try to elicit the human element from whatever I photograph, be it people, places, or things. To me, it's all portraiture. I choose to magnify the unique aspects of my subjects which strike me, and that form the basis of our connection. Even if I don't care for my subject, I respect their individual character. However, I prefer to portray subjects with whom I have an understanding. I love these people. This is about the inherent spark and beauty I found in the rural people who are transforming the country toward freedom and prosperity.
Two unpolished urban back yards are places that hold a lot of life and playfulness. Rough-hewn, not manicured. An outdoor movie screen and a place for tea and visiting.
My main thrust is street photography. Often it is a gritty endeavor; capturing people when they're not at
their best, photographing unique architecture that's often dilapidated, recording ironic kitsch or just the
trivial and mundane of everyday life....it is reality based. But given the technological advances in recent years, you have to ask, “what is reality”?
Using these digital tools is a slippery slope. There are constant debates between the purists and nonconformist mavericks on what the boundaries are in photography. Tampering and/or distorting an image beyond minor tonal enhancement can change all aspects of the original subject. These current images are from another ongoing series I call, “Treatments”. Often, I see something in an
image that calls for a process where I digitally “step on” the parameters with various filters,
transforming the subject aesthetically into the impressionistic realm....and I do so with gleeful
But, is it still real and does it really matter?
Annual Show 2016
Photo: Nancy Ahmadifar
May 1 - June 30, 2016
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Born and raised in and around Boston, I've never strayed far from the ocean. Its majestic space, vast horizon, its rhythms of the waves, the ebb and flow of the tides, the smells and sounds, have always calmed me.
As I continue my ongoing series of street photographs, "Drive-By Shootings: Photos Along The Way", of which I capture disparate urban fragments in passing, I always end up pausing to reflect on my own status whenever I come to a body of water. I'll take a little extra time to soak in the surroundings.....it just makes me feel good, often washing away the daily grittiness I come upon.
I just can't imagine not having access to the coast when it's needed.....it's home.
Eduardo del Solar
“The tango embrace”
Tango is a dance that connects two people in a close embrace, a moment or feeling that is magical at times. I started to photograph my tango teachers and fellow tango dancers four years ago when I embraced this form of dance.
“Entering Yosemite Valley”
Entering Yosemite valley is like entering a new world without bounds on natural beauty. This is a land of majestic cliffs and waterfalls which seem to come from the sky.
These images are moments frozen in time during a visit to the valley in March of 2015.
"Kingdom of The Clouds”
In a world where everything is getting virtual, even the internet " clouds" , I am trying to capture, embrace, pursue the real ones, non-virtual Clouds , those subtle shapes and monuments of shapes , that exist deep in the depths of the sky above The Mother Earth .
David E. Mynott II
"Nocturnal New England Winter"
This series explores Boston’s Southwest Corridor Park on a frigid February 2016 evening. The goal was to capture the stillness, the quietude, the moody silence, and the windless cold of this post-storm Winter’s night.
"Perros en Paraguay"
I take snapshots and turn them into photographs of fragments of everyday life. I tend to use photography to display universal aspects of the quotidian - the emotion of the common place, what we are familiar with on a daily basis - dogs, traffic, crowds, people in public spaces being lonely, having solitary moments, visually isolated … or not. Through my pictures I say, look isn’t this beautiful. Here we are alive. As with this photograph, Delia and John: Perros en Paraguay – two dog confidants existing in the 21st century in a world far away from Boston, MA.
"Light at the End"
I find the play of light inviting and uplifting, even in somber settings.
The Sociedad Latina Youth Band
"Vive Soñando" (Live Dreaming) concert
Annual Show 2015
Photo: Zeljko Sinobad
April 1 - May 31, 2015
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An obsession with Argentine Tango led Nancy Barron to try conveying its energy and artistry to a larger audience. Through her photos, she hopes people will see the elegant, playful, joyous, sad and intimate aspects of the dance.
Eduardo del Solar
Images are part of a year long project, in and around New England and Canada.
Bozidar is a traveler who brings home images of the universal and the specific. His photographs bring up sensory responses - water, salt, sun, heat - both visible and implied.
I am always excited to wander around, listening to the sounds and embracing the pace.
Guitar player, Berklee College of Music scholarship winner and Tommy Emmanuel scholarship recipient. Winner of Guitar Art competition, recorded and played with many international stars around the Europe and USA. For this occasion we are listening his Acoustic Finger Style.
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Annual Show 2013
Opening Night, September 27th, 2013 @ St. Sava Church, Cambridge
Photo Exhibit "Gucha Festival"
" Since I quit "Ilustrovana" in 1989, I haven't attended the Festival until 2004. That year, I brought my friends to Gucha- photographers from England- to get a feeling of what this Festival is about. I wanted to show them a "real" Serbian festival (Vashar) and to feel the sound of trumpets amongst a crowd of several hundred thousand visitors. This time around, it wasn't an assignment. This was what I wanted. Relaxed, and without the fear of being left without film or a good shots, I started to take pictures for my own amusement. These images are the result of many hours of enjoying music and dancing with the best crowd in the world.
I hope you will enjoy the exciting atmosphere from "Serbian Woodstock"..."