Portraits of rescued animals taken at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY www.farmsanctuary.org and Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Pennsylvania www.indraloka.org Ten percent of the sale of these photos is donated directly to the sanctuary to continue their work. I was included in this recent article about the photographers of Farm Sanctuary
In 1732 a baker & religious mystic was banished from Germany and fled to Pennsylvania’s forested wilderness, intent on living a hermit’s life of contemplation and prayer. Instead, like-minded men and women soon joined him and they ended up creating a place of peace and artistic beauty. The pacifist community became a haven for artistic outpourings including illuminated manuscripts, a particularly intricate form of choral music, an active printing press, other arts and crafts, and acts of charity in the community. They ran a school for children of farmers, and nursed 500 seriously wounded soldiers from the 1777 Battle of Brandywine, sent to the Cloister by George Washington for care.
I was captivated by the dignity of the Cloister buildings and the sunlight through the old glass windows. This is a peaceful and at the same time slightly eerie place, worlds away from modern life, and I concentrated on communicating the atmosphere with my photographs.
What else is new?
More photographs available in the small size
The custom large sizes are back in stock and all are now available with the oiled bronze frame as well as the black wood
If you haven't seen the project I'm doing on slave dwellings you might want to check that out
My instagram has some short videos showing details of individual photographs, including
More info about sizes, examples of the photographs hanging on walls, and some suggested groupings here
FADING EVIDENCE: Last of the slave dwellings
The fragile wooden shacks I've photographed once were home to slaves in the United States. These walls offered the only privacy in the lives of the enslaved during the few hours they spent there each night, brackets to their days of labor and abuse.
Out of the tens of thousands of slave houses only a tiny minority remain. Almost all have disappeared leaving nothing but foundation stones behind. A few survived in the decades after slavery as homes for sharecroppers and other poverty level workers. Some have been repurposed as everything from rental units to guest houses despite cries of sacrilege and disrespect of their history. A handful have been rebuilt and reclaimed for use as educational tools. A scattered few are crumbling away in silence even now.
Small and plain, the slave dwellings were built in a similar style regardless of the location.
America has a troubled relationship with its past and as visible evidence the slave cabins cause discord today, with some opponents openly expressing their desire to see the past disintegrate and with it reminders of that time period.
I'm photographing with an 8x16" film camera and printing silver gelatin photographs in the darkroom. Some I am altering with bleach to visually communicate the sense of fading away of the structures.
There are slave dwellings throughout the country beyond the expected southern states. In this ongoing project I intend to seek out those slave structures that are on private lands and unrestored, and photograph them and their environment before they are gone.
I am inspired by Joseph McGill, an African-American historian who has set a goal of sleeping in every existing slave dwelling in the country as a way to honor his ancestors and keep this history visible.
Animalscapes: portraits of animals in their daily landscapes
Some were photographed at sanctuaries including Farm Sanctuary in NY & Indraloka in PA. For those I donate 10% of the sale to the sanctuary itself. If you'd like me to make the donation in your name or in memory of a pet or person please let me know.
I was included in this recent article about the photographers of Farm Sanctuary
Gift certificates are available in a range of amounts and can be sent via email or regular mail, or we can email a pdf which can be printed by you and given directly. The gift certificates may be used either online or at any of my shows and are valid for one year from purchase. To purchase click on the gift certificate image then on 'buy' and you can choose the amount you wish to give.
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I have printed few of my images as much larger sizes. Originally done as custom orders, they are part of the limited editions. I print only a few of these at a time and they go out of stock quickly. If the one you want is not in stock I can make it for you within a few weeks. If you want a larger size than what I have shown online please take a look at these to get an idea of the sizes and prices and then give me an email or call to discuss what you might want.
These are not so much handpainted as transformed: using a very fine brush I'm painting on a mix of toners to small details on some of my black & white silver gelatin photographs and then using darkroom traditions to transform those areas into a wash of warm sepia, highlighting those areas. Since each is handpainted every one is slightly different. To see the process in action check out this blog post
Recently I've been doing a series of photographs of the small, independently owned coal mines near where I live in rural Pennsylvania. This is a preview of some of that work. A more extensive view is available here