|Randall||Arthur||randyarthurphoto.com||Photography is a means to capture the everyday elements in our lives that overlap to create unexpected connections and beauty. There is always something special going on, if we can just see it. Sometimes a story can also be teased out of an image, which can make the day a touch brighter and more interesting.|
|Jean-Marc||Bara||www.jmbaraphoto.com||A selection of six portraits of people I found interesting and whose faces exuded personality. My photography practice is principally candid street photography but I also enjoy making street portraits when I see particularly interesting faces.|
|Stéphane||Baunach||www.stephanebaunach.com||I am Stéphane, a french photographer. After 5 exciting years in NYC, I decided to move to New Canaan. And what an opportunity for me to present my work in the Carriage Barn Arts Center’s Annual Photography Show. I’m feeling lucky.
The photos I am submitting to you are taken from a series that I made 3 years ago in Costa Rica. I have always been fascinated by the beaches which welcome without moderation all the oceans and seas of the world. Majestic oceans on which humanity depends. They are a perpetual movement. The swell, the wind, the tide, the attraction of the sun and the moon, the currents … everything is connected. And if we focus on a very small part like I did with my camera, you realize that nothing is constant and permanent. Everything is in motion. Everything is change. Everything becomes art. And art becomes endless.
There are 3 themes in this series: White, Colors and Black.
|Shekaiba||Bennett||These documentary photos that I am submitting were take with my Nikon DSLR camera on June of 2020 here in New Canaan, CT at the Black Lives Matter march. The subjects are local residence who attended the march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.|
|Susanne||Brandt||https://www.sbrandtphotography.com/||I began capturing the world around me with a 35mm film camera and printing in the darkroom. My artistic evolution continued with expanding on these techniques utilizing various hand printing and digital processes. My studio is based out of southern CT and coastal Maine. The scenery in these locations have been the subject of my most recent works.
With my camera, I also enjoy documenting the visual journey and stories from my travels to various unique locations throughout the world. Many of my pieces combine photographic imagery utilizing both digital and fine art studio techniques. In addition to traditional fine art printing techniques, I use alternative processes for transferring photographs onto metal, fabric and unique papers.
I work primarily with an infrared converted SLR camera. In addition to infrared photography, I have also been working on creating Cyanotypes and Cyanolumen prints from materials collected around the shores of CT and ME. These natural items are arranged on photosensitive paper and exposed to sunlight for up to six hours. During the process, additional items such as turmeric, lemon juice and sassafras are added to enhance the color tones. The photographic result is an abstract painterly image with various tones of blues with hints of shimmering white and gold specks.
My work seeks to capture a compelling moment in time found in cityscapes, street scenes and nature. My goal is to create “visual meditations” in my photographic images. I have shown my photographs in various group and solo exhibitions throughout the east coast for over 30 years. I look forward to displaying my photography work in the Carriage Barn Arts Center’s Annual Photography Show.
|Nancy||Breakstone||http://www.nancybreakstonephotography.com||My photos, taken in Cuba and Nantucket, capture candid moments in the lives of strangers who I come across on my travels. From a quick shot of those who don’t expect me to photograph them to a shot of a piece of street art where I have the chance to talk to the artist about his inspiration for the work. Everyone has a story. Some can be learned and some only imagined. I would hope that viewers of my photos would take a moment to study and wonder.|
|Chris||Bunney||https://christopherbunney.com||Large-format, dark room-based, alternative process, from 35mm negatives.|
|Mariola||Camacho||https://www.mariolacamacho.com/||These collection of photos were taken between March – May of 2020 during quarantine. I took this downtime to explore and learn double exposure, souped film and to develop myself. All photos were shoot on a 35mm and developed at home.|
|Semaj||Campbell||www.semajcampbell.com||Semaj Campbell’s photographic series challenges preconceived notions of Blackness with striking stills reminiscent of Neoclassical paintings. Providing a space for empowerment and celebration, Campbell explores the reclamation of the Black Gaze where the past and present overlap to form a sense of familiarity and connection|
|Elizabeth||Caren||www.lisacarenstudio.com||The “Waterline” series is born out of my fascination with, and in-depth study of the fluctuating relationship between the constant movement of the water, the ever changing light, the corporeal nature of boat hulls and their consequential reflections.
The intention of this series is to invite psychological interpretation while remaining firmly objective due to its uncanny proximity to the real, and its relationship with the minimal.
|Susan||Chamberland||www.susanfchamberland.com||My work is simple, as my father said; “no one see as you see”. My images are out -of-the-box. Not manipulated, with a surprise for the viewer.|
|Jeffrey||Chapman||http://www.chapmancreative.net||I’m interested in the persistence of history in the present day; the mix of nostalgia and loss I feel when I see remnants of a past that is fading but still with us. I’m also fascinated by the way beauty can emerge, unintended, from the interaction of utilitarian buildings and the natural environment. Maybe it’s a demonstration, and a prayer, that we can live in the world without destroying it.|
|Susan||Christiano||Covid’s Little Black Book is representative of the fact that people were staying home and little black books were no longer needed.
Learning to Fly was taken of a ballerina in Brooklyn. Her form was beautiful.
Someone to Look Up To was taken during the Covid times. I just love how the little boy stopped to look up at MLK.
School’s Out Forever was taken in an abandoned school in VA. There’s something about abandoned spaces that always draws me in.
Waiting for the Mother Ship was shot in Munich’s subway system. It just looks like the man is going to be picked up by aliens.
Etched by Time was photographed in another abandoned space. I love the rich variety of textures.
I chose these photos because I feel they represent my style of photography.
|Patrick||Cicalo||https://www.patrickcicalo.com||” Life, in all its chaotic intensity thrives within the light, but no one could deny that it also exists in the shadows. What lies at that fine edge where light and shadow meet, is where it really becomes interesting. We are told that without light shadows could not possibly exist, but shadows without light most certainly do exist, we just know it better by its proper name… total darkness”
DARKER MATTERS – Patrick J. Cicalo
|Camille||Dannenberg||Artist statement for work 1:
This picture was taken quite spontaneously in a bathroom stall. Presented in black and white and cropped to show only a small part of the finger, the reflection of the hand is the extraordinary center of the composition. The limits of time and space are blurred, though the faint light of the window in the background alludes to a nearby reality.
|Sue||De Chiara||http://www.suedechiara.com||Although my main creative outlet is abstract painting, having a small camera in my phone at all times has opened up new artistic modes for me.|
|Elisa||Deely||https://www.elisadeely.com/||These images are part of a body of work that is an investigation of the home my grandparents have lived in for over 40 years. Their relationship started as an arranged marriage when they both came to America, and they have been married for 55 years. My childhood was spent at their house. I remember the rituals of Friday night sleepovers, Saturday morning muffins for breakfast, and the Sunday dinners. To me, their home appears to be the same as I remember it as a child. The furniture in rooms are just as clean as they were last, the wine cellar is packed with bottles of wine fermenting, and the VHS tapes are still in use. My grandfather became ill during the summer of 2018. While the house looks unchanged, everything is different. I discovered a new dynamic within their household. My grandmother’s role changed from being a caretaker of their house to a caregiver to her husband. The regularity of their everyday life has fundamentally been altered, forever. The burdens and costs of declining health for the elderly is something all families will experience.
Photographs are containers of memories. I have photographed their home to preserve a way of life that defined my childhood. I use a square format film camera because it slows down the image making process. I work slowly, framing compositions that are typically overlooked during everyday life. The square crop is reflective of how organized and polished their home is.
|Tony||DiGiacomo, Ph.D.||Called to education, I have always looked at learning through various lenses, finding myself being able to capture multiple perspectives of how we learn and how we are taught. This frames my thinking in terms of those moments I am compelled to capture, driven by a momentary feeling of living in truth, seen in the light, and seeking to preserve like a canon of time. I am interested in people and moments we can relate to that pull us in, and telling stories through the decision to shoot, to produce, and to frame. I have always loved photography, and have only realized its prominence in my life in the last 5 years, getting tutelage from my cousin Melchior DiGiacomo. I am as compelled to take photos as I am to be called to education, and see photography as instrumental to my growing curriculum.|
|Gabrielle||Ferrara||www.briesart.vistaprintdigital.com||These images capture moments in time, creating art out of life.|
|Emily||Fisher||https://emilynevillefisher.com/||At its simplest, my photography seeks to capture and celebrate the natural landscapes where I live and travel. But the human subjects in my images illustrate a deeper quest to understand the complex and symbiotic relationship between people and nature.
I have always photographed, but since the birth of my first child, the camera has become my preferred medium of expression and tool of my aesthetic worldview. My work is a manifestation of the relationships I have with people and places. Through photography, I provide the viewer with a new means of seeing by highlighting the drama of light and form.
A recurrent theme in my work is the relationship between humans and the natural world. My portraits and landscapes are intended to reflect a sense of timelessness. There is a deliberate stripping down and essentializing of forms to highlight the relationship between people and place. My roles as mother, wife, artist and environmentalist inform my work. I am acutely aware of the precarious nature of our shifting environment, of the fragility of life and the ephemerality of childhood and I use my photographs to express this sensibility.
|Ron||Garofalo||rongarofalophoto.com||Photos 01 – 05 were from a couple of 1 year Instagram projects, #My Ride to Work, #My Walk to Work and #A Year of Light in B&W, each project consisting of a photo a day for a year. These were chosen because I felt that they most related to the Juror Platon.
Photo 06 Hay Bales is from a trip to Italy I took. and relates to Landscape photography that I center on.
|Katy||Garry||https://katygarry.com||The swim series is about capturing the childhood moments of joy, laughter and happiness. The adventure and freedom of being a child brings a feeling of freedom and opportunity to the world. Art should make you feel your best version of yourself and the photography should bring you back to your happiest childhood memories.|
|Jonathan||Gordon||These Images were taken during a photo trip to Myanmar in 2012 during the relatively brief period that the country was under civilian rule and was open to tourism. They have become even more meaningful to me since the Military coup and the repression of these kind and friendly people.|
|Matthew||Gray||Many artists talk about “having a vision”. I think that most true artists are constantly exploring, experimenting with a variety of subjects, techniques and equipment.
As a photographer, I have always enjoyed this process; traveling to new places, learning new skills, creating new images. For over 30 years I have been as fascinated by a butterfly’s wing as with a 5 mile wide landscape, a child’s eyes, an old man’s beard, or the details of man-made objects. Over the years I have also been inspired by, and used, my experience as a science educator to work with filters, lighting, and subjects. I have traveled through Europe, the western US, and extensively through New York and New England. 30 years ago I was shooting with a classic film camera, and printing black and white at home; I am still creating and printing at home using current digital gear and media. I do use Photoshop, but few of these are “photoshopped” effects – it’s all about light.
I have been a member of the Stamford Photography Club for over 20 years. My work can be seen on the Club website, as well as a gallery on flickr.com; and I can be contacted by email at [email protected]
|Kirsti||Holtan||I like to photograph the beauty in every day life|
|Edward||Hortick||edwardhortickimages.com||EDWARD HORTICK – Artist Statement…Follow In My Footsteps
Once I create a photographic image, I hope afterward, anyone looking at my work will enjoy the virtual experience of “following in my footsteps”. Certain elements within the composition may be organic, while others are more subtle and invariably left to my photographic interpretation.
My street images are taken spontaneously as people go about their daily life. Hopefully, these leave the viewer observing the image the option of experiencing a specific feeling, story or idea. The images tell us about life and encourage us to think and ask ourselves questions.
To me, landscape photography goes beyond the scenery to capture the perspective. Images to which one relates to can be important in our lives. Photographs may be serene or bring back memories. Photographs can transport us to another place, spike our imagination, or give us a sense of being there.
I hope you will see a story in each of my photographs as you follow in my footsteps.
|David||Kaplan||davidkaplanphotos.com||The three street images capture a moment and tell a story.
The three landscape images transport the viewer to another place.
|ML||Kirchner||mlkirchnerphotos.com||My submissions , The Prayer, Looking Back (the head of Alish) and The Good Son are all about capturing facets of the souls of three men tattooed to signal strength but who’s interior life was much more complex than they would normally be given credit for.|
|Oscar||Ladd||Oscar is a wandering soul that happens to capture moments that you’ll miss, if you blink. His only hope is to inspire others to explore the daily mundane. Yet, mundane is relative to the environment you live in – right? He would like to know what the folks at Carriage Barn Art Center think about these photographs.|
|Ariel||Ling||https://500px.com/p/lingariel?view=photos||Avid landscape, nature and city amateur photographer with curiosity to see the world from a click of shutter, with hope to protect the world from the violent change, with appreciation to experience the history and preserve the time.|
|MICK||MCGUIRE||After a successful career shooting commercial motion film and video, I began re-visiting my early non-commercial unprinted still photographic images.
These B&W film photos are representative of the documentary style that originally beckoned me to the photographic image as a storytelling medium. They are all “street photos”, so to speak, spontaneous, un-posed imagery that asks the viewer to think about the human beings they are witnessing.
|Peter||Mendelson||www.mendelsonfineartphotography.com||Growing up on the North Shore of Long Island In the 1970s, my two great escapes were New York City, and the Long Island shoreline from Jones Beach to Montauk. While radically different, these environments expanded my horizons, literally and figuratively, and have had a psychological pull on me that lasts to this day.
When my interest in photography bloomed in my 30s, I felt that same Impulse to escape to the city and the shore, using light, color and form to (re)capture the psychological power of these spaces in photographs. My photographic subject matter often incorporates cultural artifacts, man-made structures and architectural forms, composed in the viewfinder in a deceptively stralghtforward manner that draws the viewer into my world and Invites questions about the cultural origins and uses of these objects.
The work I am submitting for the Carriage Barn Arts Center show reflects these interests, and my underlying compulsion to “elevate the ordinary” and share my way of seeing with others so that they, too, can feel the psychological pull of a place and reimagine the world for themselves.
|Dean||Miltimore||I like to capture unique moments and/or interesting patterns. I have always enjoyed the Carriage Barn Photo show and felt it was time to give it a try.|
|Arthur||Nager||www.arthurnager.com||My work reflects a concern for what I refer to as the social landscape – the manner in which people appear and alter the spaces they inhabit. I have focused, as well, on the ability of the photographic image to convey or suggest a narrative that is open to individual interpretation. Relying on intuition I seek to enable the viewer to experience a moment in time, to look past the impact of color, scale and form, to extract meaning that is implied or disguised. I continue to be fascinated by the ability of the photograph to capture nuance and detail, and information unavailable in other art forms, to facilitate an experience both visceral and cerebral.
The submitted photographs are from ongoing projects documenting Times Square, NYC Pedestrian Images and a long term study of vernacular architecture in the Naugatuck Valley.
|Phil||Nelson||http://philnelsonphoto.com||The images in this submission represent a major new effort in black & white photography. After many years of working in color, I am finding it an exciting new way to capture my vision of the natural world.|
|Julie||O’Connor||www.julieoconnor.com||I am passionate about photography as an art form. In a world overfull with images, ideas, and messages streaming at us at warp speed, there is profound value in the thoughtfulness, the provocation, the silent aesthetic, the power of a single image made with the vision and ever evolving techniques of fine art photography.|
|Barbara||O’Shea||I have always been a visual person, an observer. Lately I’m drawn to the powerful expressions of people wanting to be heard. Recording these struggles of our times is meaningful to me. Hopefully in their actions, gestures or creative efforts their commitment and caring shine through.|
|John||Owen||https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeo126/||Shorebirds, waders and raptors are among my favorite subjects. My approach in photographing them is to get down to their level, often flat on the sand or mud. The goal is to capture little moments and behaviors that often go unnoticed. The low, eye-level perspective helps to isolate the subject against the background, but more importantly it also seems to take the photographer out of the picture, allowing the viewer to see what another bird might see.|
|Tad||Philipp||earthwindphoto.com||Tad Philipp is a New York based fine art and documentary photographer. He explores his community and the world seeking images with striking subject matter and dynamic composition. A core part of his practice is street photography, including both portraits and details.
The images selected for submission to your show include examples of each aspect of his practice. Image 1 is a street portrait taken in Greenwich Village this past Halloween. Images 2 and 4 are street details from a NYC store front and from the Lisbon transit system respectively. Images 3, 5 and 6 are graphic design driven. Image 5 arose from an assignment from Photographers Without Borders to document the work of a women’s textile cooperative in central India. He very much looks forward to resuming documentary work in developing economies.
|Butch||Quick||butchquick.com||Butch Quick was born in New York, and now divides his time between New York and Connecticut. Butch is a visual artist working in photography and design. Curiosity with the human nature & connecting with people is the main theme across Butch’s work as a photographer.The work is clean, simple but cinematically inspired by the likes of Gordon Parks, Jamel Shabaazz,
Lee Jefferies, Brandon Ruffin, Mark Seliger, Helmut Newton, Peter Lindbergh and Herb Ritts, just to name a few.
|ReBeL||ReBeL||I prefer discovery over manipulation. To me, this way-of-seeing is especially expressive in Photography. While my other artistic pursuits often require measured constructs and conceits, the spontaneity of Photography lightens and liberates.|
|Robert||Sachs||Rsachs2.zenfolio.com||There must be thousands of stories in the faces of the older women in Vietnam. From the spice village near Hanoi to the basket boat rides near Hoi An, I was able to find homes nearby the tourist attractions and these very interesting faces. Hope you enjoy.
|Adrian||Sandiford||Lighting I always says speaks for itself. The way a portrait is lite sets the mood and tone for how one feels and connects with the images. I want the viewer to connect with the image in some way on some level. The black and white images I have presented here have been crafted in the very way I had envisioned them. Please enjoy.|
|Lisa Paulette||Silberman||www.lisasilbermanphotography.com||During another period of limited interaction and restricted travel it’s comforting to take in the change of seasons, of light, of mood. Taking a break from turning inward, I am reminded how much there is to see through open windows, down pathways. Even a simple light on the outside of a building gives over to mystery. I don’t use a long lens to capture scenes from afar. There’s usually some form of interaction with my subjects prior to photographing. I want them to be aware. I want us to communicate.|
|Edward||Simmons||My submissions of 3 images. “Milky Way over Sandbridge”, “The Golden Eagle “ and “Pink Rose”. All were process with Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik (black and white), and Topaz AI. All images were shoot with a Nikon D7500. Milky Way with a Tamron 17-35mmF/2.8-4 Di OSD at F.28, 20 sec, 4500 ISO. The Golden Eagle was photographed at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Kennesburg Colorado, with Nikon 18-300mm lens at f11, ISO 800, 1/400 sec, at 300mm. Pink was photographed with a Nikon 18-300mm lens, ISO 800, 70mm, f5, 1/750 sec.|
|Barbara||Soares||wisefishworld.com||Texture, composition, form, space… Platon’s work is an inspiration for me to tell more stories with my photography.|
|Olaf||Soot||osphoto.com||As an engineer, photographer and explorer, I have merged my love of outdoors with dedication to the basic physical laws of the universe, pursuing the essence of natural phenomena since my childhood.
Together with my wife, we have explored rivers, lands, mountains and human efforts on six continents and chronicled these journeys on film. Many of my images are from high mountains and places that are difficult to reach, seldom seen by man, while the others depict our everyday lives and pursuits.
Finding the way through a wilderness to unexplored places and photographing these experiences, for me, is much like solving an engineering problem or designing something new. Both require vision, knowledge and care. There is much hidden beauty on our planet, we just have to look and see.
|Jay||Wilson||jaybwilsonphoto.com||My submissions demonstrate the range of photography I’ve undertaken of late, which range from classical compositions to more abstract impressions of a place or a moment in time. I am immensely interested in the interplay of light and shadpw, and stark landscapes that convey a sense of timelessness.|
|Caren||Winnall||www.carenwinnall.com||There is always a wonderful variety of works at the Photography Show, and the Carriage Barn is a beautiful venue. I am honored when I have the opportunity to participate.|
|Torrance||York||www.torranceyork.com||The submitted images are from my current project, “Semaphore”.
“Semaphore” examines the shift in my perspective after having been diagnosed six years ago with Parkinson’s disease. Through images, I consider what it means to integrate this life-altering information into my sense of self. What does acceptance look like?
Post diagnosis, everyday items and experiences take on new meaning. New tasks top my “to do” list each day. Simple tools now represent challenge. Uncertainty pervades the periphery surfacing my vulnerability. As I look around me, the branches of trees become networks of neurons, or resemble tendons in my wrist imaged by MRI. Acknowledging these signals facilitates the process of adaptation.
Optimism holds the key for me right now. Light, always an inspiration, illuminates a path for me to follow. And I go.
With this project I aim to connect with others whose journeys also require growth, patience and perseverance to move forward.
|David||Zapanta||www.davidsezapanta.com||For several years now, I’ve taken pride in my growing abilities as a self-taught photographer. I’ve especially enjoyed my unexpected journey as a street photographer. I believe that documenting random moments on the streets of New York City constitutes a kind of on-the-fly journalism that shows the city and its people at their best when they’re simply being themselves.
But when the world suddenly shut down last year, and as people continued to hunker down at home, I became a street photographer without the street. I continued to take pictures, though, turning my attention to the vibrant ecosystem in my small backyard. In doing so, I found myself becoming more introspective—and more thoughtful in general about the world around me. There is so much everyday beauty to be found in nature, be it in a fragile robin’s egg, or in a mammoth grey stripe sunflower, or in fox that’s unafraid of heights.
I like to tell people that I self-medicate with photography; these three photos in particular are favorites of mine from the past 18+ months. I am hopeful that people who are struggling with our strange new reality might find hope and solace in these simple images.