Monday, June 20, 2011

Peggy's Cove did it again

My photograph Peggy's Cove has been selected for the Water's Edge issue of Open to Interpretation. After re-reading about the book competition on the Open to Interpretation website I am so excited I can barely wait to see the book. However the photography is only the first phase of this exciting project, and I will have to wait a while before I can feel the book in my hands and flip thru the pages.

The following describes the Open to Interpretation process of creating the book:

Open to Interpretation is a juried book competition bringing together photographers, poets, and writers.
A good photograph tells a story. But it tells a slightly different story to every viewer. The stories are fleeting, disappearing from the viewers’ minds in the moments it takes to turn a page or walk to the next gallery. Open to Interpretation captures these stories, pairing fine art photographers and writers in an international juried book competition.
Open to Interpretation produces several books a year. Each book begins with a themed call for photos. The chosen photos become the literary inspiration for the writers’ submissions. A book is created that matches each winning photo with two stories or poems that offer different interpretations of the image. The unique collaboration adds new dimensions to both the photos and the written word.
Each book is a two-part process. The photography call for entry comes first. The juror's results will be posted on-line. Writers and poets will then be invited to view the images and submit stories or poems that are inspired by the posted images.
With over 1500 images submitted judge Douglas Beasley did a fantastic job selecting 31 images for the book. To see all selected images click here.

I am thrilled about the idea that Peggy’s Cove will be teamed up with the work a writer/poet – a person I never met - who was inspired by my work. I can’t wait to see what Peggy’s Cove can accomplish in its new role as a muse. And I can’t wait to receive my complimentary beautifully bound hard cover book.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Judy went "Photographing People"

The Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester co-hosted the 'Photographing People' workshop for the third time this year. From June 10th through June13th, Judy assisted Harvey Stein during his workshop.

She says about Harvey and the workshop: "Harvey is an international photographer, and author of several photo books including his new book, Coney Island 40 Years. His excitement about photography is contagious, and I was thrilled to help him create an ideal environment for his students to grow. Over the course of three days we all became comfortable working in the streets, where Harvey has done a great amount of his work.

Class time was spent reviewing types of lenses and lighting, but the true learning happened in the streets of Boston where we spent two days getting to know the people, and enjoyed documenting the Gay Pride parade. The final hours of the weekend were spent critiquing our work."

Student work will be on display in one of the Griffin's Galleries.

Holga Inspire

Finally, after over a year, our photographs have made it to the official Holga Inspire Website / Newletter.

We participated in a Toy Camera workshop in New York City in February last year. I have to say it was very interesting to actually take a camera apart, make changes (modification) and put it back together. We made our own "Holgamods". Toy Cameras add a certain amount of unpredictability to the images, and a certain mystique that we have always been intrigued by.

The workshop took place in the Umbrella Art Gallery in the East Village, NYC on a miserable gray and cold weekend in February, and was conducted by Tammy Cromer-Campbell a photographer who has shot documentary projects with a Holga camera.

All in all it was a very fun, mysterious and creative weekend, with lousy light, good food and way too cold.