ChatterLog July 2012

Home

Greetings everyone and welcome to the July bulletin and our summery sign of Cancer! And if you live in New York, as I do, you definitely know that summer has indeed arrived – temperatures here have been in the 90’s for days and days and tomorrow promises to hit the 100-degree mark! Thank goodness for the AC, although I must admit I am dreading my next Con-Edison bill, which will probably be double what I usually pay! So what’s our theme for this month? I decided to go with Home. The sign of Cancer is all about our home, our family and our upbringing. The mother’s job is to take care of the children and in order to do that she creates a “home” for the family to feel comfortable and safe in. Notice that the symbol for this sign is the crab, a creature that literally carries its home on their back, and protects the precious cargo inside with a tough, impenetrable shell. Key word here is ‘impenetrable,’ because as much as the Cancer takes care of other people, they are very protective of their own feelings, and avoid letting anyone see that vulnerable side of themselves, because once you break through that hard shell, they have no defenses! Cancer is literally driven by their emotions. If they don’t ‘feel’ it – it simply isn’t happening!

The sign of Cancer is ruled by the Moon. And, as I was writing this article, I looked out of my window and saw the beautiful big shining Moon, hanging up there in the night sky right between the buildings. The Moon is connected with your moods, and just as the ocean’s tides come in and go out, so do the moods of the Cancer. They don’t call it “mood swings” for nothing, and watch out, because they can come at you sideways if you’re not careful!

“South America Taking a Break” from Einat Imber: “Continental Drift”
Photo by Louisa J. Curtis

Now, while we’re on the subject of carrying one’s home on one’s back and coming at you sideways, that transitions us nicely to Israeli artist Einat Imber’s installation “Continental Drift” that Michelle Bogre and I stumbled upon a couple of months ago at the A.I.R. Gallery in Dumbo whilst we were walking the press previews of the NYPH’12. From the gallery website and press release:  “Continental Drift” features six tortoises, roaming haphazardly through a natural habitat contained within a globe-shaped structure. As in a museum diorama, a panoramic landscape is painted on the inner walls, continuing the topography of rocks, dirt and plants that cover the ground. Each tortoise carries on its back a model of one of the earth’s continents, resuming its mythical role of bearing the world atop its round shell.” So at any given moment when you viewed the installation you might see North America taking a break from South America, or Australia nudging Europe. At first I was concerned for the welfare of the tortoises (!) but then I thought the idea was pretty cool really. To see more about the artist, visit – http://www.einatimber.com/

You may recall in the January Capricorn bulletin I talked about the five major circles of Latitude, and how the Northern and Southern Hemispheres relate to the Aurora Borealis and the Aurora Australis – and now six months and six signs later sitting opposite Capricorn, we have Cancer, and we’re dealing with Continental Drifts! How perfect is that? And, speaking of Continental Drift, there just so happens to be a new animated movie out right now called Ice Age 4: Continental Drift – I had to mention it, especially when I saw the posters and the trailers and “Holy Crab!” I mean, come on, how perfect is that for timing?


Mum on the beach in Portugal, c. the late 1980’s
Photo by Louisa J. Curtis

And while our goat is hanging on to the edge of that craggy cliff, the crab connects us now to the seaside and cliffs of a different kind.  My Mum was a Cancer and she loved the seaside. I’ve told you before about her Boxing Day (December 26th) picnics atop the cliffs as we munched on our leftover turkey sandwiches and watched the cold, wintry swell. While in the summertime, she could be found swimming in either the dirty gray sea, also known as the English Channel, or in one of the local gravel pits (lakes) with her friend Brigit. She had a penchant for swimming where it was dangerous. One time we were on a family vacation in Portugal and I was concerned that the water was too rough for her. Did she listen? Of course not. She went in when I wasn’t looking and got herself into trouble, but thankfully nothing too serious happened and she escaped potential tragedy. She was lucky because the ocean can be both dangerous and unforgiving.


Red Cliffs in Portugal, c. the late 1980’s
Photo by Louisa J. Curtis

Mum also swam at her local indoor pool when she was still working and would literally fit in a almost-daily swim on her lunch-hour, she was that committed, and then she would eat her sandwich in the car before rushing back to the doctor’s surgery for her afternoon shift. She became a firm fixture at the “leisure club” and enjoyed her group of swimming buddies there. One year the club organized a sponsored swim and my mother not only participated but she swam 100 lengths of the pool – which was a lot! Go Mum! She definitely deserved a large gin and tonic after that, and knowing her, she probably had one (or two!). Speaking of one or two, or rather more than two, when we were cleaning out her house after she died, we found more bathing suits than the entire Olympic team put together! She couldn’t bear to throw any of her old ones away, but at the same time, would quite happily continue to purchase new ones!

Much like my mother, I have become a regular at my own local pool, especially in the summer when the open-air pool is available. It definitely makes me feel just about as good as this little boy does in his pool! I may be a stronger swimmer than my mother, but her love of the water ran deep, it was simply part of her chemical make-up. For me, swimming is not only a great form of exercise, but it is also like a meditation. After a certain number of laps, I find myself getting in the zone and then it’s hard for me to stop. When I first learned how to swim I was quite scared of the water, and deep water is still not my favorite thing, but after a lower back injury when I was a teenager, the doctors recommended that I swam, and so I did. One day while I was living in Paris, I was swimming at a very old indoor public pool, it was a hidden treasure that someone had told me about and I was enjoying the opportunity to stretch out my body in the water. After I had finished my swim and was on my way back to the changing room, this elderly lady who had been secretly observing my workout stopped me and expressed that it had been a “plaisir” watching me swim. I have never forgotten her lovely compliment.


Andy Murray in 2012 Wimledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 8, 2012.
© Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images
From the CBS news website

So last month I talked about the Queen’s Jubilee Thames River Pageant with all of the boats (and rain!) and now this month, it’s all about Wimbledon (and more rain!) I am a big tennis fan and always look forward to this annual “fortnight” of tennis. This year, Andy Murray (fellow Scot) finally made it to the Men’s Finals for the 1st time (yeah!) to play against one of the all-time greats Roger Federer. Andy Murray (the poor lad) has been carrying the hefty weight of an entire nation on his shoulders for a while now, as there hasn’t been a British winner on the lawns since Fred Perry 76 years ago in 1936, while Bunny Austin was the last Brit to reach the final in 1938! The media frenzy has been enormous and ticket sales have literally gone through the roof – yes, that nice new very expensive roof that has enabled them to actually stay on schedule even with all of the typical rain delays. For Andy Murray – talk about pressure – but whoever wins, history will certainly have been made. And although Andy managed to break Bunny’s record, it was Roger Federer, the man with the experience who ultimately won the battle by earning his 7th Wimbledon title. After the match, an emotional Murray struggled to speak, but finally he said, “I’m getting closer.” And that he is.

In closing, Home can mean different things to different people. Be sure to check out my ChatterCorner article this month in which I talk with Fine Art photographer Justine Reyes about her project, “Home, Away From Home.” I’m sure most of you have heard of the saying “Home is where the Heart is” and ironically or not, our next month’s sign, Leo is the sign that rules the heart! So what does Home mean for you? Where do you call Home? For some people, work is more of a home than where they actually lay their head or live. For many years I would talk about “going home” to visit my family because that’s where I grew up and where they all lived, so I still thought of it as my home, my roots. But it wasn’t until quite recently that I started to see that Home is where you live now, not back then. I went and saw my Mum at her house, the one she lived in for 40 years, but that wasn’t ‘my’ house, it was ‘hers.’ My house is a tiny little apartment in Greenwich Village, New York City.

And as always, we wish all of you Cancers out there a very Happy Birthday!

ChatterQuote July 2012

This month’s quote comes from Princess Diana, a Cancer born on July 1st, 1961. And true to the nature of the Cancer, Diana was a truly devoted mother to her two sons, the princes William and Harry. One of the quotes I found from her was particularly interesting. We speak in astrological terms everyday, and for the most part, don’t even know it. The Moon rules the sign of Cancer, and the Moon is connected to our “moods” so notice her choice of words…


Diana, Princess of Wales 1961 – 1997
Photographed at Northwick Park & St. Mark’s Hospital in Harrow, Middlesex
© Tim Graham/Getty Images

They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?

ChatterArtist July 2012

Steve Giralt
Naturally our photographer for this summer month of July Steve Giralt, was born under the sign of Cancer and surprise, surprise, he is a food photographer based here in New York. But besides food, Steve also shoots interiors (i.e. other people’s “homes,” knock, knock) as well as people, and somehow manages to not look like he’s all over the place. Truth of the matter is, he loves to shoot, and as long as it feels right, he’s going to keep on doing what he’s always done, make great images. Not only that, but Steve has a great work ethic, and you can see that his years of hard work are deservedly paying off – he is busy. In the next month he’ll be shooting for Food Network Magazine, Conagra Foods, Victoria’s Secret, Johnston & Murphy, Petrossian Caviar, and Kraft Food and Family magazines. Not bad.

And if Steve’s not busy, he’s either thinking about what he’s going to shoot next, or following up with a former client, or working on a video, or writing another blog post. As far as his personal work goes, right now Steve is currently working on image series’ on Nascar fans, school cafeterias, as well as some fun food tests. Food plays a big part in his life – Steve is of Cuban descent and loves to cook great food as well as photograph the end result. He has become known for his annual party that he throws for his clients and industry connections, which is generally “themed” and lots of fun, pretty much like Steve is himself!

He’s a no-nonsense kind of a guy with very specific goals in mind, but that comes packaged with a delightful sense of humor and a nurturing demeanor that is a perfect example of a Cancer. Not only does he take very good care of his clients, his business and his friends, he is also concerned with the next generation of young photographers. Cancers are nurturing people by nature, and that’s what Steve does. When you go to Steve’s website, click through to the “News” section and it will take you to his blog in which he literally “cuts the mustard” (pun very much intended!) and shares his wisdom quite honestly. http://stevegiralt.com/news

Nascar fans, © Steve Giralt
http://www.stevegiralt.com/

Many photographers use their blogs to talk about their process or behind the scenes videos, but Steve sincerely wants to educate the next generation and help them to take off their rose-colored glasses. He tells it how it is. He knows what it takes and how hard you have to work. His blog posts have been picked up by others, such as Rob Haggart’s APhotoEditor.comas well as PetaPixel.com so here’s a little “taste” to whet your appetite: If I had to describe what most young photographers / assistants do wrong in just a sentence it would be this: they don’t plant enough seeds, are too lazy to water them often enough, and they are pissed off when they come back and there isn’t a bunch of fruit on the tree, and photography jobs grow on trees!



Clinton Kelly, © Steve Giralt
http://www.stevegiralt.com/

ChatterCorner July 2012

Justine Reyes
Some of you may recall Justine Reyes when we featured her in our seniors-themed bulletin back in January 2011. I was very taken by her work and wanted to find out more about her, so she is my latest interview for the Features section on PhotoServe. I specifically chose her “Home, Away From Home” series because it resonated so beautifully with this month and the sign of Cancer, the sign that literally carries its home on its back!http://www.pdnonline.com/photoserve/Louisa-J-Curtis-Is–6105.shtml

Sand Pebble Motor Lodge, at the Jersey Shore, Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ from the series “Home Away from Home.”
© Justin Reyes
http://www.justinereyes.com/

ChatterNews July 2012

Recent launch of Evi Abeler & Albane Sharrard’s blog “Whip + Click”
I met food photographer Evi Abeler http://www.eviabeler.com/ at Photo Plus Expo in 2010 when I reviewed her portfolio at the ASMP booth, and I have subsequently enjoyed receiving her monthly postcards. Recently she emailed me the announcement of a new blog she has launched with pastry chef Albane Sharrard called “Whip + Click“. So I wanted to give them a nod this month – especially as the sign of Cancer is connected with food and feeding people! http://www.whipandclick.com/


No-bake trifle in a jar, with pastry chef Albane Sherrard and photographer Evi Abeler
© Evi Abeler

NY Public Library “Lunch Hour” Exhibition
In keeping with our care-taking, food-providing Cancer theme this month, the New York Public Library recently opened a new exhibition entitled “Lunch Hour” so for more information on that please click here:http://exhibitions.nypl.org/lunchhour/exhibits/show/lunchhour

Recent launch of the Miami Visual Collective & Gallery Show “Works in Progress”
Another email I received recently announced the launch of “The Miami Visual Collective” and gallery opening. The collective is a coalition that brings together under one umbrella some of the best visual talent in Miami, including portrait photographer Brian Smith http://www.briansmith.com/ (whom we have featured in the bulletin before), food photographer (and former ASMP South Florida Chapter President) Matthew Pace http://www.matthewpace.com/ and fashion photographer Jorge Parra http://jorgeparra.com/, and that’s just for starters. So although we’ve missed the opening party the gallery show will be up a couple more weeks, and be sure to check out all of the artists in the collective and see what they’re up to on the website: http://www.miamivisual.com/

ChatterTip of the Month July 2012

Tips for Healthy Breasts


© Koren Reyes
http://korenreyes.com/

As some of you may recall, anatomically the sign of Cancer rules over the stomach, and a couple of years ago we gave you some natural remedies for stomach ailments. Last year our theme for July was food and we gave you some cooking tips, in particular concerning dairy products, milk & cheese. So it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that besides the stomach, the sign of Cancer also rules over the breasts, because Cancer is the archetypical mother and she not only carries the baby inside of her for nine months, she also provides her child the necessary nourishment with her breast milk. If you look at the glyph for the sign of Cancer, you can see that it too resembles her two breasts so here are some Tips for Healthy Breasts.

Breast Problems
Cysts
Cut down on Caffeine, which can encourage the formation of cysts and lumps in the breasts. One important regimen is to Self-Examine your own breasts for any lumps or cysts in between your visits to see the OB/Gyn. They’re your breasts, so if anyone knows how they should feel, it’s you! Doctors generally recommend that you don’t do it while you have your period as your breasts may be more swollen than usual. Once you’re in your 40’s, you should go for regular Mammograms, and if you don’t have health insurance, there are some free clinics available. No one wants to deal with the big “C” and far too many women are continuing to be diagnosed with breast cancer, so early detection is vital!

Tenderness (usually associated with PMS and/or Pregnancy)
Increase your intake of Vitamins AB6, and consider taking the supplement Evening Primrose Oil. Most women suffer from a number of symptoms associated with PMS, including sore breasts, bloating, mood swings, and more. Over the years I used a plethora of different remedies in the hopes of reducing my own monthly misery, but those hormonal swings can be crazy! And by the time you reach Menopause (notice the name here: Men-o-pause!) one of the recommended remedies to help balance the hormones is a natural progesterone cream that you rub over your breasts made from Wild Yams. You can also put a little Geranium Oil in the bath to help relieve breast tenderness, while Juniper,RosemaryLavender and Fennel Oils all help to regulate hormone imbalance and relieve the symptoms of breast disease.

Water-Retention
Cut down on your intake of Salt and salty foods. Of course when you have PMS, you crave all of the things they tell you to avoid, namely AlcoholCaffeineSalt and Sugar. I do remember one nice lady doctor telling me not to be too hard on myself though, so if you want some of that ice cream, have some. She did also recommend funnily enough, not necessarily Yams, but Sweet Potatoes as a good source of “sweet” and satisfying nutrition that could possibly take away some of those cravings – notice I did say “possibly” – so every now and then I would bake a sweet potato in the oven, and then cover it in Butter, of course! Celery Seed is a diuretic and can be useful when breast problems are related to swelling.

Breast-Feeding Problems
Infections
Here’s an unusual old home remedy that suggests applying a bruised White Cabbage Leaf to the breast when there is an abscess or infection (and I’ve heard about this more than once, so I’m not making it up, and no, don’t use red cabbage). Take Echinacea for any infection. There have been many arguments back and forth about breast-feeding, but the truth of it is that the fat in mother’s milk is more digestible for infants than cow’s milk, which can cause allergic reactions in newborns. And, breast-fed babies have a much lower risk of developing meningitis, middle-ear infections or other severe blood infections. Give your baby a little drink of Dill Tea to help prevent colic or wind, which in turn makes it easier for them to suckle.

Milk-Flow
AniseedCarawayDill and Fennel (notice the similarity in the flavors) all promote the best flow of milk and can be drunk as teas or infusions. Caraway and Verbena Oils can also be massaged in to the breasts to promote the production of milk. If you need to stop the flow of milk (for some reason) Red Sage will apparently dry it up almost instantly. Engorgement, or over-production of milk, can be relieved by using a compress of Marshmallow and Slippery Elm, or alternatively a cold compress of Peppermint Oil can help reduce the flow of milk.

Nipples
Calendula Cream will soothe and encourage the healing of sore and cracked nipples, the cream is generally safe for the baby to swallow, but if you use Calendula Oil to ease the pain and inflammation, be sure to wash that off before breast-feeding. Vitamin E Oil can also help to heal sore and cracked nipples. Breast-feeding mothers need plenty of ProteinVitamins and especially Iron. They should also make sure they are drinking plenty of Fluids.

ChatterRecipe of the Month July 2012

Pork Belly Carbonara


Pork Belly Carbonara © Iain Bagwell
http://www.iainbagwell.com/

For the ChatterRecipe this month I decided to ask food photographer and my friend Iain Bagwell, who also happens to be a Cancer born July 13th, to not only provide us with the image this month, but also with one of his favorite recipes. Funnily enough, Iain also knows food shooter Steve Giralt, our ChatterArtist for this month and they have even shot several jobs together, both side by side in the same studio and simultaneously with Steve in New York and Iain in Atlanta, where he is based.

Iain chose this particular dish because he says it combines two of his favorite ingredients, Pork Belly Pasta, and it is taken from a series he is currently working on for a promotional book dedicated solely to pig body parts – love it! Tori Prendergast is the food stylist working on this project with Iain and she also supplied us with this easy recipe. She can be reached via Twitter: @toriprendergast and to see all of Iain’s beautifully bold work, be sure to go to his website – http://www.iainbagwell.com/. Little does Iain know how perfect it is that he chose a recipe that features cheese, heavy cream and egg yolks! The sign of Cancer is not only connected with milk and dairy products but it also represents the fertility of the woman, and her eggs. Oh yes, and notice also in the photo that he has the egg yolk inside the eggshell on the plate – how Cancerian is that?

Ingredients
1lb box of Pasta (cooked according to package directions)
6 oz of Cured Pork Belly (cut into medium dice)
1 small Red Onion (cut into a fine dice)
1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream
Egg Yolks
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese (grated)
SaltBlack Pepper to taste
Chopped Parsley (for garnish)

Recipe
Heat a large skillet on medium low heat and add the Pork Belly. Cook until golden brown and crispy. Remove from skillet and drain. Add the Red Onion and cook till slightly translucent, about 5 minutes, and turn off the heat. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the Egg YolksHeavy Cream, and Parmesan Cheese. Cook your Pasta according to the instructions on the box/package and when it is done to your preference, drain the water, and add the Pasta to the skillet. Pour the Heavy Cream Mixture over the Pasta, add the Pork BellySaltBlack Pepper. Stir together and serve right away. Finish with additional Parmesan Cheese, if desired, and a little Chopped Parsley.

ChatterEvents July 2012


Adorama Summer Workshops

Check out this summer’s workshops at Adorama here: http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?op=WS_List

Thursday, July 12th, 2012 – 1-6pm
Hasselblad & broncolor Pro Day

@ Adorama
42 West 18th Street
New York, NY

Session 1 – 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Session 2 – 3:00pm – 6:00pm

For more information please visit: http://blog.adoramarentals.com/
To sign up, RSVP here!

Saturday, July 14th 2012 – 5-7pm
CPW Summer Exhibition “Doubles, Dualities & Doppelganger
s”
@ Center for Photography at Woodstock
59 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY

For more information please visit: http://www.cpw.org/

Monday, July 16th, 2012
IPA (International Photography Awards) submission deadline extended

For more information and to enter, please visit: http://www.photoawards.com/en/

Monday, July 16th, 2012
Art of Photography Show submission deadline also extended

Enter competition here!


Photo © Bryon Darby

Monday, July 16th, 2012 – 7-8pm
APANY Presents: Apple Lecture with Michel Leroy

@ 14th Street Apple Store
201 West 14th Street
New York, NY

Cost: Free!

From the website:
“Michel Leroy – Rally Bikers – Connecting to the individual through the community that defines them.”

Rally Bikers, © Michel Leroy
http://www.michelleroyphoto.com/
Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 – 6-9pm
APANY: Resolve to Connect 2012
@ 28 on 27 Studio
28 West 27th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY

Cost: Free!

From the website:
“APA wants you to expand your collaborative network by making new connections to build your own stronger, more successful photo production teams.  We are bringing together everyone: including photographers, assistants, stylists, producers, digital techs, retouchers and models. Meet experienced professionals who can help you accelerate your career. Strengthen your portfolio, website, or resume by working with other talented people.

Join APA and bring the photo community together for one night in each of our 10 Chapter cities. Check your local chapter’s website for more info.”

For New York City click here: http://apany.com/event/july-18-resolve-to-connect/
Or go to the APA National website: http://www.apanational.com/

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 – 6:30pm
NY Monthly Photo Salon

@ SoHo Photo Studio
15 White Street
New York, NY

Cost: $10 at the door

For more information or questions please contact Rich Pomerantz atrich@richpomerantz.com, Emmanuel Faure at emmanuel@emmanuelfaure.com or Bill Westheimer at bill@billwest.com.

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 – 7pm
ASPP & ASMP Summer Party

@ Sun Studios
628 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY

Cost: Free for ASMP & ASPP Members; $25 for Guests

For more information please visit: http://www.aspp.com/index.php/chapters/new-york/652-asppasmp-summer-party-july-18th-save-the-date

Thursday, July 19th, 2012 – 11am – 1pm
LAND Gallery Masters of Puppets Exhibition Opening

@ MOMA
The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education Building
4 West 54th Street
New York, NY

For more information please visit: http://landgallery.org/tagged/moma


Thursday, July 19th, 2012 – 6:30-10:30pm
Slideluck Northside

@ Brooklyn Brewery
79 North 11th Street
Brooklyn, NY

Cost: $15

For more information and to purchase your ticket, please visit:http://slideluck.eventbrite.com/

Saturday, July 28th & Sunday, July 29th, 2012 &
Saturday, August 18th & Sunday, August 19th, 2012
Barbara Bordnick Flower Workshops

@ Barbara Bordnick Studio
39 East 19th Street
New York, NY

Cost: $950

For more information please contact: barbara@barbarabordnick.com

Photoville – June 23rd, 2012

We’ve had a lot of hot, steamy weather in New York this summer already, and Saturday, June 23rd was no exception. This was the day I decided to venture out to Brooklyn and check out Photoville and although it was really hot that afternoon and a bit of a blooming trek, it was well worth the effort!

Welcome to Photoville!
Trekking

I say trek, because no matter where you were approaching the location from, it entailed either a long walk, or a cab fare. Most people walked from Dumbo due west through the Brooklyn Bridge park and then down towards the piers where the photo festival was located. I thought I’d be clever so I took the train that appeared to be the closest stop to the festival location. However, what I had forgotten was that when you walk down the hill towards the water, you end up on the Promenade which is high above the street level where you need to be, and there’s no way down, except at either end.

Skyline view from the Promenade

Photoville view from the Promenade

"Becoming Visible: Portraits of Homeless Transgender Teens" Artist: Josh Lehrer

I had two choices – walk all the way back to Dumbo (not likely!) or walk to the other end of the Promenade and then down to the road and back along to the festival. And that’s what I did. But having said that, my mistake did give me the opportunity to get some cool images looking out over the river and down onto the festival site from above – and you know not everyone got those shots!

"Becoming Visible: Portraits of Homeless Transgender Teens" Artist: Josh Lehrer

Before they even opened, I got the feeling from their promotions and website that it was more of a “New York” community festival than some of the others around town and it really did have a very inclusive vibe. I mean if it’s a New York photo festival, then you want to see some New York photographers, right? And you did – both local and overseas but with a healthy dose of “local.”

Shipping Container Galleries

Now with the problem of “space” being a citywide challenge for festivals and art shows, someone came up with the brilliant idea to house the assorted exhibitions inside freight packing containers. The ones that had both ends open felt good, because there was a nice through draft, but the ones that had at least three sides closed were pretty hot inside!

©Luis Alvarez
Andre Feliciano's Greenhouse

But perhaps my favorite installation was not inside of a container, but a single small greenhouse in which there was a lovely display of brightly-colored plastic flowers – but then, as you moved in for a closer look, you realized that every single flower, every single blossom was made from miniature plastic cameras – brilliant!

Andre Feliciano's Greenhouse
Andre Feliciano's Greenhouse

After a couple of hours walking around the containers and chatting with a couple of my buddies that I ran into, I decided it was time to head back towards the train, this time along the designated path through the park. And this way I was able to view the other great idea from the festival organizers which was “The Fence” along which a whole myriad of really cool photographers had series of images posted on a plastic fabric background, so they were weather-proof – which was just as well, since we had a whole bunch of storms during the festival’s run.

The Fence featuring Alejandro Chaskielberg
The Fence featuring Barry Rosenthal

I really dug the fence, and even funnier, while I was walking along and enjoying the various series, I took some photos of the work I liked or photographers I knew, one of which was Landon Nordeman, whom I both know and whose work I love! And so there I am admiring his work on the fence, I look up and I see this guy looking at me and low and behold it was Landon himself, along with his beautiful wife Shannon and their adorable new baby Arthur! Too funny! So of course I took a photo of the happy family, the three of them together in front of the fence, which Landon subsequently said he very much appreciated as it was usually him taking the photos!

The Fence featuring Landon Nordeman
Landon with his wife Shannon and baby Arthur

Louisa J. Curtis – July 15th, 2012