Susan’s series of photographs from her familiar woods tell stories of both the life of the forest, the remains of parts of that forest that used to be. They are all parts of the familiarity that Susan shares with us so beautifully. From a chipmunk, to the path up the hill, to a stump, to the rusting remains of an old car….
I recently came across a book of work by the German photographer Stefan Hunstein, which included awe-evoking portraits of Arctic landscape. At the end of the book was a manifesto the artist wrote, perhaps functioning as his artist statement, that seemed almost at odds with the work, or more specifically with its medium. Continue reading →
[Susan C.] Larkin uses a digital image processing technique called focus stacking, which involves compositing multiple images of varying focus into a single image. The result is that her photos have an overall clarity perfectly suited to her intricate, alien micro-worlds. Beautifully illuminated against black backgrounds, even familiar plants become unnervingly strange. Continue reading →
I sometimes wonder if I’m getting stuck—shapes—highlighted and placed on a black background. I’m not finished because there are so many more seedpods and leaves that I haven’t photographed.
But does the background always have to be black? Pokeweed doesn’t work with a black background because the berries don’t show.
Bougainvillea over Passion Flower Leaf
Another possibility is using a different plant for a background. The shapes are not so clear but there is an almost billowing surface. I want to dip my hand inside and see if it’s as soft as it appears.
“When I read Tim’s poems after examining each photograph in each section, I would formulate new questions and resist the temptation to assume that there is one way to interpret each photo, even if Tim’s poetry provided some pointers and the section titles helped organize the photographs into distinctive groups.” Alexei Waters
The 24th annual Ithaca Artists’ Market will take place on Friday, July 25 from 2 pm to 8 pm. The Market will be filled with 70 local artists in a juried show and sale featuring painters, printmakers, sculptors, collage, mixed media, photography, ceramics, glass, fiber, authors, filmmakers, fine furniture and more!
I will be at Booth 16 with prints, books, and cards. Hope you can stop by. The Ithaca Farmers is located off Route 13 in Ithaca at 3rd Street (turn at “Aldi” and “B&W supply) If you are using GPS, use “545 Third Street, Ithaca, NY 14850” (but you won’t find that address on the actual road). You can also visit the Farmers Market website, http://www.ithacamarket.com, for more directions.
Botanical illustrations in watercolor & close up views of the same plants through a camera lens—an intriguing contrast of full color paintings and black and white photographs. Susan C. Larkin, photographer & milly acharya, illustrator, have partnered in previous exhibitions. How differently the very same botanical specimen is seen, represented & presented provides viewers with a visually exciting experience. Exhibit will be at the Patisserie for the month of June.