“Hey what’s happening?”
“It’s cold. Winter is here and it is cold. Sometimes it is also snow.” Normally we head to the North Country for some cross country skiing. But this year that doesn’t seem to get done as our schedules don’t match the snow pattern.
“OK. So what are going to do then?”
“We travel next week but this Saturday evening, we’ll head for the Alpers Fine Art Gallery in Andover for an artists’ reception.“
I have two pieces hanging in this show; “The Power of the Power of the Spirit”. One is my favorite, “Raven” that was taken in Juneau Alaska 15 years ago. It was a film image that I scanned to digital, hence a “figital”.
The hanging piece was printed on Japanese rice paper this past August. The other is a digital collage “Pond in the Wood”. I collected the photographic components in three different locations and assembled them into a story reflecting the show title.
Lately I have been doing some work that is not just about the image. It is also about the feeling of the place. The image is treated to reflect or express that feeling. In December, we came out of the Museum of Fine Art. It was cold foggy, damp and cold. A single old-style street light turned on and a little fog rose off the globe. The dim flat grey sky was darkening, getting flatter and darkening. The scene felt “old, square frame, 1920s, cold and grey”. I framed the scene and waited for a guy to walk into it. He was bundled against the cold damp, striding quickly along the sidewalk, heading for the warm lights further down the street. “Dreary Walk” is the result of that feeling.
“Traveling next week?”
“We are heading south, way south. We’ll stay in Fiji for a few days. Then off to New Zealand for almost two weeks. Then to Tasmania for a week and then Melbourne for several days. We’ll stay in Hong Kong/Guangzhou for a long weekend, spending some time with David and Alice before returning home in early March.”
This will officially be my 7th Continent and my 50th country. If I count with the Travelers Century Club’s list, I will be over 60 “countries. We have rented a camper van for NZ and for Taz. These vans are like a VW camper. We should be able to cook and sleep around the country.
“Travel light and wear a smile.” Jack Holmes