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The Falmouth Art Center’s Fall Juried Show opened last Friday. Both of my photographs, along with 10 others, were selected to be part of this competitive show of 88 works of art. And I’m delighted that “Wave Catcher” was awarded “Best Photograph!”

“Wave Catcher” is one of many images selected by the little girl’s mother from her extended family’s portrait session held at Old Silver Beach in Falmouth, Cape Cod last summer. She especially adored this one since it so aptly reflected the free and adventurous spirit of her beautiful daughter.

During the visit to the center, I also discovered that “Afternoon Fog” – my other entry – is one of a handful of pieces selected by the Falmouth Garden Club. A club member will create a floral interpretation to be unveiled at the “Petals and Palettes” awards reception held Sunday, October 9 from 2 to 4 PM at the Falmouth Art Center . I hope that many of my friends and fans will be able to attend.

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I am thrilled to receive notification that my “Fingers and Toes” newborn baby photograph is one of a handful of works accepted into the new Maternity Ward Art Gallery’s first exhibit at the Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. It will soon be on display in this highly competitive show through April 2012.  And I’m honored to be one of the photographers asked to submit their piece into Cape Cod Healthcare’s Permanent “Gifts of Art” Collection as well!

Fingers and Toes newborn baby photograph

It’s terribly rewarding to be able to create portrait art of newborn babies that will be enjoyed by many families during this very special time of their lives. Thanks Amy and David for the opportunity to capture this image along with other memorable pictures for you at your home session last year in Falmouth.

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In high school, I wrote an essay that compared Picasso’s 1907 “Les Demoiselles D’Avignon” – the first cubist painting – with Stravinsky’s 1913 “Rite of Spring.” Both works of art created violent uproars. Influenced by an African statue he saw at Gertrude Stein’s home, Picasso’s “Demoiselles” strove for absolute freedom of expression. He painted not what he saw, but what he imagined.

Stravinsky’s “Rite” was also born in imagination. The music reflected a solemn pagan rite, distorting tonality with outrageous dissonances and eccentric rhythms never heard before. The greatness of both works of art was not realized until later, when people began to accept that old rules don’t always have to be followed.

Today, one century later, photography is experiencing its own revolution. Purists expect a photograph to be “real.” Not altered. Printed as is. A common question overheard in galleries today is: “Was it Photoshopped?” But why place boundaries on photographic art? And why even assume that what a camera captures is in fact “reality?” Each camera model interprets a scene differently, and further variations are made when photographers customize settings and print with different inks and papers.

Why not simply ask: “Does it speak to me?”

Autumn Walk

This is an exciting time to be a photographer. Just as legend Ansel Adams made good use of the tools of his day, altering images in the darkroom to create captivating photographs, the extensive palette of digital tools today enables photographers to create art in ways that could not have been imagined even decades ago. Indeed, old rules don’t always have to be followed.

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