Friday, February 27, 2009

"Animalia" gallery opening with photographer Henry Horenstein

Last evening I experienced the joy of attending Henry Horenstein's opening at the Foster Gallery for his collection "Animalia". Henry's images of animals are full of mystery and surprise and detail. Viewing the images, I felt a strong, primitive resonance, as if the images were also very human in some way.

Henry Horenstein portrait by photographer Carol Lundeen
Here's a quick portrait of Henry with his work. Did you notice the ant crawling on the antelope's head? It's a reflection of, well, an ant portrait on the opposite wall of the gallery.

Self portrait with Horenstein's Seal
Here's a self portrait of me at play with Henry's portrait of a seal.

Digital Divas members with Henry Horenstein
Here's Henry with me and a few photography pals, left to right Jennifer Nourse, Carol Lundeen, Henry Horenstein, Gretje Fergusen, and our favorite framer, Kathy Skarvan of Ava Art. Thanks to Gretje's husband, Bob, for snapping this one.

Henry is a professor of photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. The show is scheduled to hang at the Foster Gallery at the Noble and Greenough School, 10 Campus Drive, Dedham, MA, through April 7th. Check it out!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Getting to know...me...about to...SNEEZE

Thought you'd enjoy this video introducing me and my work. I've had a big hair cut since the filming, but I'm still my good old self. Sorry about the about-to-sneeze, half-blinking sleepy-head still shot that shows on the screen below. It's just the dumb luck of the Google draw. I'll be smiling in a second.
video

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A Little Nap in the Grass

I had the joy of having a little time off last week, much needed medicine for the stressed adrenal glands after a health scare. (Everything's OK, by the way). Beth and I went to CA, where she had some leadership development work for a couple of days. But before her work we had a little play time at Point Reyes National Seashore. Here's just a few of the fabulous sights we saw:
Carol Lundeen Photography elephant sealThis elephant seal fallumped itself up away from the beach onto a little patch of nice soft grass. Turns out it was in the grassy gulley on the edge of the paved path that went down to the water, and thanks to the distracting view of Drake's headlands ahead, we walked right past this adorable, once nearly extinct wonder of the natural world while walking down the path. We didn't notice it's soft eyes (or enormous girth) until we walked back up the hill.
Carol Lundeen Photography Point Reyes viewThe seemingly miles long fence on the road to the Point Reyes Lighthouse.
Carol Lundeen Photography Point Reyes cowIn Marin, it's best to stop to say hello to the cows.
Carol Lundeen Photography Point Reyes rockA fun piece of tens-of-millions-of-years-old Point Reyes conglomerate (that's geology-speak for neat rocks).
Carol Lundeen Photography Carol in a sun showerMe catching some rays during a sun shower - thanks to Beth for the photo!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

DOWNSIDE up?

creativity workshop for Professional Photographers of Cape CodThis past Monday, the day before it snowed all day and night, I had the pleasure of leading two workshops for the Professional Photographers of Cape Cod. In the early afternoon I led a discussion and demonstration on album design, and in the evening an experiential creativity workshop.

One of the activities that generated the most intrigue in the creativity workshop was to view a painting upside down, then draw it right side up with your non-dominant hand. It's such a hoot to see what happens when you ask all the professional artist brains in the room (and your mom and sister, who also participated) to do something that's completely new visually, something that's downside up?... or is it upside down?... or is it left to right?... or right to left?

One of the things we discovered is that all of us, even when we're feeling like a zero on the creativity scale, can, with a little nudge and a little willingness, find that spark again, or at least find laughter in trying. Thanks again to the talented, creative, Sarah Thornington of Studio by the Sea in Hyannis for hosting the workshop, and thanks to everyone who joined the fun!

P.S. Missing from the downside up group shot is Deb Troyanos, President of the Professional Photographers of Cape Cod.