It has been a great year and I am truly humbled and honored by the reception my work has received. Thank you. I look forward in continuing to share my happenings with you in 2013.
“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man”.
Some of you know that I grew up on the little island of Bermuda, some 700+ miles off the coast of North Carolina. On this sun-filled, tropical island, I learned how to swim and how to ride horses. My childhood memories are full of bareback riding adventures along the sandy pink beaches and into the turquoise Atlantic waters on those blistering hot summer days. I explored the water by boat and the ocean with scuba gear. Life with and surrounded by water was what I learned. Why I live in Vermont is, at times, anybody’s guess.
In May of this year, I experienced my first exposure to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and discovered an incredible landscape of two of my favorite things. Wild horses and the Atlantic ocean. I had never seen these two passions together before. I was beside myself with excitement as I jumped overboard from a skiff to wade through waist-high water with camera in-hand to photograph horses swimming or meandering around in shin-high waters as small herds of wild horses moved from one sand bank to the other for grazing and let’s not forget walking the beaches after herds as they grazed the sea grasses. Is there any wonder that I was in my element?! The stories behind these horses are plentiful and the environment they live in, while seemingly ideal, present them with uniquely harsh challenges that they have adapted to and miraculously have managed to survive in.
I grew up with the story books of “Misty from Chincoteague” and “Stormy, Misty’s Foal”. Never in my wildest dreams did it occur to me that the stories depicted in Marguerite Henry’s classic tales were based around true events until I pulled out my childhood editions upon my return from the Outer Banks. While the location of her stories differ, they do take place in neighboring Virgina and many of the storm events that she writes of also effected the Outer Banks. Her tales of wild horses being relocated several miles away in the height of a hurricane actually still happens today and are something all the herds along the coastal shores contend with.
So now, I am returning to this very special place of sea, beach and horses that I feel an intrinsic connection to once again. My hope is that no hurricanes will appear (it is hurricane season after all) so I can spend some time among the herds, learning a little bit more about these wild horses that have survived shipwrecks and hurricanes and human encroachment, all the while trying to create photographs that express the beauty and essence of these special horses that I fondly refer to as “sea horses”.
It was Easter Sunday afternoon and I was sitting on a beach in Florida with my husband and 1,000 other people enjoying the warmth and sunshine when I checked on my Facebook business page. I had several new “likes” and a few comments about a shot of mine they saw on National Geographic’s FB page. “Huh? What shot?” I thought to myself. I headed over to NG’s page and there it was, this image, featured on their facebook page with a few thousand “likes” and a couple of hundred comments. It had only been posted for about one hour. 24 hours later, there had been 21,000+ likes, 4,000+ shares and 1000+ comments, a huge spike in visits to my web site and a big increase in followers on my FB page. I was just blown away! So how did it all happen? Since I have been asked this question a number of times, I thought I would blog about it as well. A friend of mine and an outstanding photographer/journalist, Robyn Gianni, had one of her images featured on NG’s Photo of the Day. She told me about their submission process so I decided to give it a go. I set up an account for the “My Shot” submissions in January and began submitting one image a month, the main requirement. My first image, seen below, was selected later that month as a pick for the Daily Dozen. In March, I submitted “Be Still” and it too was selected for the Daily Dozen feature which, in both cases, has been a big thrill. On April 8th, someone working at National Geographic decided to post “Be Still” on their FB page. When you think about how many images they must see in a day, I feel incredibly honored to have had them showcase not only one, but two images. I have also had the pleasure of conversing with people from all over the world because of this exposure and I cannot thank National Geographic enough!
I am thrilled to be a part of a two-person show that opens at The Iris Gallery of Fine Art Photography on Newbury Street in Boston, MA on April 10th. I will be sharing the gallery space with the gorgeous photography of George Shattuck. George’s reductive landscapes truly capture the stunning beauty and color of the oceans and lands that resonate so deeply with him. Next to horses, the ocean holds a special place in my heart and it seems fitting and an honor that my work will be shown alongside George’s. To treat your eyes on more of his work, visit his website HERE.
The Iris Gallery is located between Clarendon and Dartmouth Street in Boston. Known for their collection of contemporary works in both black & white and color by well established and emerging artists, the Iris Gallery has an impressive group of acclaimed photographers and I am incredibly grateful not only for their representation but also for this opportunity to exhibit . The show runs until June 4th with the Artist reception being on April 13th.
I will have fourteen pieces hanging, ranging in sizes from 16 x 20″ up to 36 x 54,” presented in both the traditional mat and frame style and a floating plexi style which is a contemporary, frame-less presentation.
Both George and I will be present at the gallery on the 13th and hope to see you there.
A late afternoon swim in the tropically warm waters of the Caribbean would feel pretty good right about now.
Today I am hanging 9 images at The Southern Vermont Arts Center in preparations for a solo show, tittled Unforeseen Equine, that opens on July 23rd in Manchester, Vermont, and I can honestly say the last two months of preparations have been incredibly stressful. This is not my first show but it is the first show in which I have stepped out of my comfort zone in how I present my images thus making every step beyond the choosing of the images unfamiliar. I worked with a well known lab in New York City, Duggal Visual Solutions, traveling back and forth to check on the various steps of producing a finished piece. Six of the nine images are being displayed using what is known as a Gallery Plexiglas mount, used extensively by artists, but just not me. The image is face mounted onto 1/4″ plexiglas and backed with sintra (material compound) board with a ¾”wood brace secured to the back. The wood brace elevates the image off the wall, creating a floating appearance. It is a very contemporary presentation but one that I love as there is nothing but the image to look at. No mat, no frame. With all the steps but one behind me, I will be breathing a bit easier at the end of today. There is an artist reception on the 23rd from 2-4 pm and if you find yourself in the neighbourhood, please stop in and say hi.
It’s showtime here in southern Vermont as the area plays host to the 6-week Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show in East Dorset. The rings have been groomed, greenery installed, mobile offices in place and twelve, gigantic, blue and white tents that offer cover to the temporary stalls have been erected. Horse vans big and small have arrived to unload their precious cargo into the stalls to partake in the first week culminating today with the first Grand Prix of the six-week show. It is a great horse show and has come a long way since its early start as a two week show some 20+ years ago. Even with all its growth, it still maintains a relaxed feel and with so much to do outside of the showgrounds, the event offers families an opportunity to enjoy a little R&R during the non-show days of Monday and Tuesday. I always look forward to its arrival and the myriad of photographic opportunities it offers and if you are in the area, be sure to stop by with Sundays being Grand Prix day, scheduled for a 1:00pm start.
By the end of this month, I hope, this site will be getting a major overhaul that will allow you greater viewing of all my work. So while things have been quiet in my postings, I’ve been working hard to create a site that will showcase more images and collections, so please stay tuned.
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