Melt Down – New Exhibit Opens March 23 @ Maine's CMCA

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Exhibit

Melt Down

March 23 – June 9, 2019

Center For Maine Contemporary Art

Rockland, Maine

Melt Down, features stunning photographs and videos by ten distinguished Maine artists whose work addresses climate change in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. “Melt Down” has been organized by CMCA curator emeritus Bruce Brown, and includes the work of artists John Paul CaponigroJohn EideElla HudsonJonathan LaurenceJustin LevesqueJim NickelsonJan PiribeckPeter RalstonShoshannah White, and Deanna Witman.
Through their experiences recording and responding to the visible and visceral markers of irrefutable change in the Polar Regions, the artists in “Melt Down” bring these physically remote places and the compelling need for action to a wider audience. Their work provides a route for inspiring awareness and response when overwhelming data and science have failed to motivate.
 

Opening Reception

March 23, Saturday, 5-7 pm

Sunday Salons present artists talks.

I talk May 5.

with World Ocean Observatory Director Peter Neill

15 Colorful Things To Look For During Maine’s Fall Season

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Maine is beautiful! And it’s never more beautiful than in the autumn during harvest season. The air is crisp and the place comes alive with color. It’s extraordinarily picturesque. Here are a few highlights to look for this fall.

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Mountains of color

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Color on the water

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Color in the air

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Color on the ground

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Fields of late season wildflowers

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Blueberry fields so red they look like they’re on fire.

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Sometimes they actually set the fields on fire.

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Rocky quarries

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Tumbled beach stones

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Playful cairns

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Quaint lighthouses

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Working harbors

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Rugged island life

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Mysterious misty mornings

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Rich evening afterglow

And this is just the beginning. There are so many more reasons to visit Maine in autumn! Who knows what you’ll find.

Find out more about my Acadia Maine Fall Foliage Photography Workshop here.

Support Maine Contemporary Art – CMCA's 39th Annual Art Auction

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Don’t miss out! Browse + Bid on exceptional works by 36 leading and emerging artists. A great way to support The Center For Maine Contemporary Art / CMCA and contemporary art in Maine. Auction online through Paddle8. All proceeds directly support CMCA.

Participating artists include …
Bo Bartlett, John Bisbee, Katherine Bradford, Emily Brown, Tom Burckhardt, Tom Butler, John Paul Caponigro, Caleb Charland, Ann Craven, David Dewey, Lois Dodd, David Driskell, Betsy Eby, Inka Essenhigh, Linden Frederick, John Goodman, Ken Greenleaf, Peter Halley, Charlie Hewitt, Tanja Hollander, Yvonne Jacquette, Alex Katz, Rollin Leonard, Amy Lowry, Kayla Mohammadi, John Moore, Paul Oberst, Winston Roeth, Kate Russo, Peter Soriano, Aaron Stephan, Joyce Tenneson, Don Voisine, Todd Watts, William Wegman, Dudley Zopp

View the art works here.

Free eBook – Maine Destinations

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Download your free copy here.

From the solitary summit of Katahdin, to the deeps of more than 22,000 lakes and ponds, to the 3,500 miles of tidal coastline, the wild beauty of Maine is irresistibly beautiful. Inland you’ll find sweeping mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, and farms. Along the rocky coast, you’ll find countless islands, beaches, lighthouses, and fishing villages.
This ebook collects images of Maine made in the locations that I have returned to photograph most often for more than 25 years.
Each image is accompanied by a short description of the location.
Interactive links access Google Maps and additional resources.
This valuable resource will help you make the most of your explorations of Maine.

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22 pages

Download your free copy here.

Find out about my Maine workshops here.

Exhibit – Picturing Maine – Opens Oct 3

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From the nineteenth century on, Maine and its scenic beauty has drawn some of the nation’s most prominent photographers to depict its many natural wonders, and its people, and to look beyond to the realm of the imagination. This exhibition, drawn  The Farnsworth Art Museum’s collection in Rockland, Maine, showcases past and present perspectives by photographers who have worked in Maine including Berenice Abbott, John Paul Caponigro, Paul Caponigro, Eliot Porter, Joyce Tenneson and many others.
Picturing Maine opens October 03, 2015  and closes March 27, 2016.
Plus, see more photographs in the exhibit Maine Collects through March 6, 2016.
Find out more here.

Alumni Scott Tansey Featured On Leica Blog

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Alumni Scott Tansey describes his recent feature on The Leica Camera Blog.
“I took these images on a Fall Color Workshop given by John Paul Caponigro at Acadia National Park. I had recently completed a huge five-year project taking panoramic images of Los Angeles (my home town). It was time for a change, and I needed a creative spark to do something different. As I mentioned previously I had attended a printing workshop given by John Paul Caponigro, which changed my photographic direction, and I thought his workshop would give me kick-start on my creativity. It did, but not in the way I intended. I was going to shoot the fall colors. Southern California is not as noted for its fall colors as Maine is. However, when I went to shoot the fall colors, they did little to inspire me. The light was lousy, and we missed the peak by a few days. On the second day of the workshop, after much frustration, I went to our last stop that was a rock pile. Oh, wow! The evening light and the colors and the patterns of the rocks spoke to me. For the rest of the trip I focused mainly on taking close-up images of rocks on the Maine coastline.”
Read more on The Leica Camera Blog.
Read a second feature on The Leica Camera Blog.
Find out more about my Maine Fall Foliage Workshop here.

iPhones Invite Experimentation

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I find making images with my iPhone extremely stimulating. For me, the device implicitly offers an invitation to play, reminding myself how important spontaneity is in making good images, and to experiment, growth and innovation require risk. Doing this offers me an opportunity to make images in situations, of things, in ways I ordinarily wouldn’t. It also raises very important questions, “When should I use a more professional tool?”, “When should I return to my standard practices?”, “What’s gained and what’s lost?” I haven’t found a single easy answer. I’ve found many hard ones – and more questions. Simply engaging this process has made me see in more versatile ways and make stronger images, both studies and finished works.
Here are a few of my recent experiments.
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Use standard tools as props.

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Bring new props.

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Make postcards.

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Combine photographs and drawings.

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Make double exposures.

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Create composites.

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When I start making images with my iPhone that I would ordinarily make with a DSLR it’s probably time for me to switch tools – again.
Find out more about my Acadia Maine Fall Foliage Workshop.
Learn more about iPhone photography here.

Play With Your iPhone To Improve Your DSLR Photography – Charles Adams


Every year, during my Acadia Maine Fall Foliage Workshop my assistant Charles Adams and I explore making photographs  with our iPhones.
Charles talks about his experience.
“Making images with an iPhone can be a terrific creative exercise. If you regularly shoot with a DSLR, the iPhone can simplify things and offer a new experience. I find this to be the case during every fall foliage workshop. I leave my Canon in the car along with all of the photographic requirements and responsibilities that I usually attach to it. It’s a freeing experience. Suddenly the pressure to make the best photographs of my life is no longer there. I’m free to play.
Being able to process your images seconds after shooting them is also key to the iPhone experience. The many apps available make it possible to shoot, edit, share, and get feedback before even getting back in the car. In my case, apps have a direct effect on which pictures I chose to make. If I know I’m going to apply water color and oil painting filters to my images, I try to shoot accordingly. I set out to find good compositions with strong “bones” or solid structures that can benefit from the addition of dramatic effects.
The resulting images are fun to create. Changing the tools you use to make your images can offer new insights into your own photography. I strongly recommend allowing yourself to play.”
Visit Charles’ website here.
Find out about my Acadia Maine Fall Foliage workshop here.