Saratoga Health & Wellness Exhibition (ongoing)...

 
A view into the main exercise area.

A view into the main exercise area.

My partner and I attend Saratoga Health & Wellness for fitness training.  I asked Nicholas Galuardi and Michael Lapolla (owners of SH&W) if I could use a couple of walls to hang photos, swapping them out every week or so to keep the exhibit fresh. They kindly gave permission.
    The purpose of this page is to provide some background for the photos I selected for display, as well as to offer visitors to my website a chance to see the photos if they are unable to see the exhibition in person.  Of course, if you live anywhere close to Saratoga Springs, you'd be welcome to visit the facility at 538 Maple Ave (Rte 9) and check it out (call 518-306-6987). Note that only 13-14 photos are displayed at a time, but if you're interested in a photo that isn't currently displayed, just ask Nick or Mike and I'll bring it in the next time I'm at the facility. All canvas prints displayed here are available for sale at Saratoga Health & Wellness, or can be ordered directly from me at seanwalmsley@mac.com. A portion of each sale is donated to SH&W.

[Photos are ordered from most recent]

Recent photo of the front area in SH&W--MLK's quote for life applies pretty well for getting in shape physically, too..

Recent photo of the front area in SH&W--MLK's quote for life applies pretty well for getting in shape physically, too..


The Saratoga Health and Wellness Facility.

The Saratoga Health and Wellness Facility.

SH&W Exercise area where my photos are displayed.

SH&W Exercise area where my photos are displayed.


76. Winter Wonderland iPhone 6, 2014. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

This shot was taken in the parking lot between Hannafords and Kohl's, on Weibel Ave, on the day after a winter snowfall.

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75. Glenridge Cemetery,  Phone 6, 2014. Saratoga Springs, NY Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

This was taken in the section go Glenridge Cemetery right behind the Adirondack Trust Bank (South Broadway). No gravestones in this view, just a very peaceful winter landscape.

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74. Lake Geneva , view from MontrealCanon 1200, 2010. Montreux, Switzerland. PlakIt Mounted Photo, 30" x 11"

This was taken in December 2010 during an excursion to Montreux  from Geneva. The panorama was made up of about four individual shots, stitched together with Photoshop. 

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73. Reflections in an exhibit at Mass MoCa  iPhone 6, 2015. North Adams, MA. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

I can't remember who the artist was, but this exhibit had such promise for reflections, including the old windows along the side of the huge gallery (about the size of a football field), the white beams along the ceiling. I'm in the bottom right hand corner, holding a green pamphlet and dressed in a blue sweater and purplish shirt. 

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72. Bubbler in Pond Canon 80D, 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

Once I close my garden pond, I have a bubbler replacing the regular pump. This is what the bubbler looks like on the surface of the pond, on a chilly afternoon with the setting sun behind it.

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71. Winter Panorama iPhone 6, 2015/2017. Rupert Mountain Rd, VT. Canvas Photo, 80" x 16"

Visiting friends in East Rupert, VT a couple of years ago, we came across this scene at the top of Rupert Mountain Road. It took about five individual shots to capture the entire view. I then stitched them together, and then a couple of months ago divided the one picture into four separate 20" x 16" photos, had them printed on canvas and mounted them. Assembling them to create the panorama was accomplished by attaching piano hinges between each one.  (The photo below shows the view stitched-together before breaking it apart again to make the canvas panels).  

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This is what it looks like as four separate 20x16 panel, hinged together on the back.

This is what it looks like as four separate 20x16 panel, hinged together on the back.


70. Onion Leaves iPhone X, 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

I grew onions this year in my garden. I left the leaves on when I picked them, so I could hang them up to dry in my garage. After bringing them into the house, I thought it might be fun to photograph them. I first shot an entire onion over a black background (see below), but then wondered if the leaves might make an interesting abstract photo. This is what I ended up with.

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Onion from the garden (not displayed at SH&W)

Onion from the garden (not displayed at SH&W)


69. Cast Iron Pipe  iPhone X, 2017. Easthampton, MA. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

Old cast iron pipes intrigue me. This one I found while watching my grandchildren play in a facility in Easthampton, MA. I like the textures, and especially the colors not only of the pipes but also the contrast with the dark red bricks behind them. This facility was an old factory or mill, and while the interior was restored, much of the original walls and fittings were left as they were..

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68. Tree reflections in a pond.  iPhone 7+, 2017. Avon, CT. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

Originally, this was intended as a shot across a pond, with the reflection of some trees. But once I had it on my computer, I realized it would work better the other way up, to mimic a watercolor or oil painting of the trees themselves. There was enough rippling in the water to make the tree trunks and branches shimmer, giving it an impressionistic look.

©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley


67. Artist's Clothes Line.  Canon Powershot SD1200, 2010. Limoux, France. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

You don't see many clothes lines in Saratoga any more, but in rural France, they are common place. Although these were brightly colored, I thought the effect would be better in black-and-white.

©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

Here's the original photo in color (not on display at SH&W)

Here's the original photo in color (not on display at SH&W)


66. River Grass.  iPhone X, 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

I've taken photos of my river grass (I used to call it barley grass, but I was mistaken) before, but in the right light--especially setting sun--they exude such calmness, and if the wind catches them, they wave gracefully in a breeze. 

©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley


65. Fern.  Canon 80D, 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

After the fronds of a fern die back, there's always the center part that remains--stiff and long-lasting, and these make excellent holiday arrangements. Before I brought some of these in from my garden, I photographed them. This one appealed to me, it had the appearance and movement of a flamenco dancer!

©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley


64. Detail of a wall.  iPhone 7+, 2017. Mass MoCA, North Adams, Ma. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

Mass MoCA (The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a huge complex of a 19th Century mill, with 26 buildings, located in North Adams, Mass. Most of the walls in Mass MoCA have been left in their original state, and this one appealed to me for its texture and design. 

©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley


63. Support Post.  iPhone 7+, 2017. Mass MoCA, North Adams, Ma. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

I'll be interested  in the reaction to this photo, intentionally black-and-white. If you've ever been to Mass MoCA--and it's well worth the visit--you'll know that it is a converted huge factory, retaining much of the original structure. There are huge wooden posts supporting the floors, and this is one of them.

©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley


62. Lough Inagh. iPhone 7+, 2017. County Galway, Ireland. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

This photo was taken on the way back to Galway from a road trip through Connemara in October, 2017. It was a fluke shot as the sun broke through some clouds in the hills overlooking Lough Inagh, on a windy late autumn afternoon.

©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley


61. Cliffs of Moher. Canon 80D, 2017. County Clare, Ireland. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

We visited the Cliffs in October, 2017. Twice in two days. The first day we went, there was torrential rain and wind, and we spent most of the time huddled against banks but still got soaked. The second day, after being let in free, was a beautiful sunny day with comparatively calm breezes. This photo was taken on the second day. (The smaller picture below was taken on Day 1).

 

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Day One at the Cliffs of Moher (not displayed in Saratoga Health & Wellness). ©2017 Sean Walmsley

Day One at the Cliffs of Moher (not displayed in Saratoga Health & Wellness). ©2017 Sean Walmsley


60. Fall Leaves. iPhone 7+, 2016.Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

This was one of the first photos I took with the Portrait feature of the iPhone 7+. It did such a good job of creating 'bokeh' which is blurring the background to make the foreground stand out and appear to be three-dimensional. Plus, fall leaves are so beautiful.

©2016  Sean Walmsley

©2016  Sean Walmsley


60. Fall Leaves. iPhone 7+, 2016.Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

This was one of the first photos I took with the Portrait feature of the iPhone 7+. It did such a good job of creating 'bokeh' which is blurring the background to make the foreground stand out and appear to be three-dimensional. Plus, fall leaves are so beautiful.

©2016  Sean Walmsley

©2016  Sean Walmsley


59. Metal Scrapheap. Canon EOS 80D, 2017. Galway Dock, Ireland. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

I like photographs of chaotic scenes, and this scrapheap piled up on the Galway docks appealed to me as a photograph. I liked both the shape of it, but also the predominantly brown, rust colors of the metal, made brighter by the salt air. And it's such fun to pick out objects and wonder about what they are and why they ended up here...

©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley


58. Sun and Clouds. iPhone7Plus, 2017. Albany Airport, NY. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

This is a shot from a commuter aircraft sitting on the runway, waiting to take off to Philadelphia. Even though it was taken through a pretty dirty window, it captured a somewhat bizarre event of the sun blistering its way through some high clouds.

©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley


57. London Eye. iPhone 6, 2015. London, UK. Archival Photo (mounted). 40" x 16"

This is a view looking down from one of the gondolas of the London Eye. This photo is a combination of several photos taken within milliseconds of each other, then layered together in both black-and-white and color. This photo took First Prize (Mary Cleland Art Award ) at the 2017 NY State Summer Art Show at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts.

©2015 Sean Walmsley

©2015 Sean Walmsley


56. Reflections of windows at the Saratoga Museum. iPhone 7+, 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY. Archival  Photo (mounted), 25" x 12"

I took this photo of windows reflected in a red Ferrari's hood (bonnet). It was accepted into the 2017 NY State Summer Show at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts in Mayfield, NY.

©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley


55. Gray horse grazing. iPhone 6, 2015. Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire (UK). Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

This photo was taken during a Walmsley Society walk. Ravenscar is in the background.

©2015  Sean Walmsley

©2015  Sean Walmsley


54. Stormy Sunset. iPhone 6, 2015. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

This is a sunset taken from my garden. Not much to add, just being there at the right time as a storm started to obliterate the sun.

©2015  Sean Walmsley

©2015  Sean Walmsley


53. Untitled. iPhone 7+, 2017.Mid-Atlantic. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

Although this is a sunrise taken from a plane flying to Manchester, UK, one could easily see it as a digitally-created abstract using Photoshop or similar app. I liked the gradations of color in bands.

©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley


52. Two hummingbirds squabbling over turtleflowers. Canon 80D, 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

This was a lucky shot. Hummingbirds fly so fast that capturing two of them at once was extremely lucky. Keep in mind that these birds are only about three inches in length!

©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley


51. Hummingbird and Turtlehead flower. Canon 80D, 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

I recently acquired a Canon 80D with a 70-200mm lens to replace my 25 yr-old Canon Rebel XT, and wondered if I'd be able to take photos of the hummingbirds that come to my garden in the summer. It took a long time before I could get decent shots, but eventually the tiny birds became a little less skittish while I was around, and I was able to at least get them into the frame. The next task was to actually get them in focus!

©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley


50. Cow in Pasture. iPhone 4S, 2013. Quainton, Buckinghamshire, UK. 
Canvas photo, 20"x 16"

On a walk just above a close friends' house in Quainton (near Aylesbury), we came across this cow, and realizing it was not a bull, I dared to get quite close to it, while it patiently posed for me. Later, I saw that there was a dollar sign on its side, which I've been accused of photoshopping it in. No, that's its own marking, and anyway it would have been a 'pound' sign, since the cow is a native of England. One of the things I like about this photo is that it's reminiscent of the oil paintings of cows that one often finds in stately homes and particularly in Agricultural Universities in England (the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, Gloucestershire has a fine collection).

©2013  Sean Walmsley

©2013  Sean Walmsley


49. Sheep staring at each other. iPhone 7+, 2017.  Yorkshire Dales, UK. Canvas photo, 20"x 16"

There are sheep everywhere in the Yorkshire Dales. I came across these sheep just staring at each other. I have no idea why, but it did make for an interesting shot. It also gives one an idea of what the area around Hawes looks like.

©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley


©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

48. Rent Asunder. iPhone 7+, 2017.  Ledbury, Herefordshire, UK. Canvas photo, 20"x 16"

We stayed with a friend in Ledbury, UK, on our way to Wales. We were given a choice of bedrooms, one facing the road, the other facing the garden. We chose the one facing the garden, but it hadn't been refurbished and the wallpaper was coming apart. In the early morning light, I just couldn't help taking a photograph. The two pimples--presumable nails coming through-- seem to balance the straight vertical of the join. (I wondered what it would look like without the pimples, but it was rather blah without them, so I left them alone).


©2015  Sean Walmsley

©2015  Sean Walmsley

47. Alternate Universe
iPhone 6S, 2015.Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas photo, 12" x 12" 

I came across some gourds at Equinox Garden center in Manchester Center, VT., and were fascinated by the staff's description of how they dried them. So we bought one, and followed their instructions for curing them (quite a process, it kept getting moldy). Once completely dried, the bottom end seemed like a good subject for a photo, against a black cardboard background. Only after taking the photo, I realized it looked like a celestial body.


©2016  Sean Walmsley

©2016  Sean Walmsley

46. Fish in Primordial Slurp.
iPhone 6S, 2016. Saratoga Springs State Park, NY. 20"x 16"

If you've ever visited the natural springs  underneath the bridge from Rte 50 into the Saratoga Performing Arts, you'll come across huge mounds of calcium. They are constantly being wetted down with spray, which causes rivulets, into which all sorts of debris become entrapped. This one happened to be a soda can, and it gave the appearance of a blue fish emerging from the calcium.

(I visited the site the other day, and the can has been completely covered over by fresh deposits).

 


©2016  Sean Walmsley

©2016  Sean Walmsley

45. Not-so-living flowers
iPhone 6s, 2016. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

We attended an exhibition in Saranac Lake, where a photographer had taken pictures of small objects that reminded her of her past. Each photo was taken against a black background. Having a satirical side to me, I thought it might be fun to mimic this technique, only with something less memorable. Hence the dead flowers. One unexpected result is that the photo, rendered as a canvas print, actually looks like it was painted rather than photographed. (Needless to say, it's been rejected by all the competitions I've entered it into).


©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

44. Very-much-living flowers. 
iPhone 7+, 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas photo, 20"x 16"


To redeem myself from the not-so-living flowers, this is a photo taken from above of a vase of flowers from my garden.  


43. Untitled. 
iPhone 6, 2014. Saratoga Springs, NY.  Canvas photo, 20"x 16"

Actually, this is a photo taken on my front steps, where ice had been dripping from the roof, and getting caught on the steps. I really liked the way it created these fluid patterns at the top, and frozen ones toward the bottom. And it picked up the colors of the railings and some of the shrubs.

 

©2014  Sean Walmsley

©2014  Sean Walmsley


42. Shattered glass and towel.
iPhone 6, 2012 Delmar, NY. Canvas photo, 20"x 16"

We were bringing in the glass table top into the garage to store it for the winter, and I slipped, breaking off a corner of the glass. In order to get the remains into the garbage, we decided to place the glass onto a towel on the garage floor, and break it up. I thought it made an interesting composition lying there, so I shot it.

©2012  Sean Walmsley

©2012  Sean Walmsley

 

 


©2010  Sean Walmsley

©2010  Sean Walmsley

41. Ice Tangle.
Canon Powershot SD1200IS, 2010. Ballston Spa, NY. Canvas photo, 20"x 16"


Ice storms produce such interesting photographs, as shrubs become entangled and reveal such chaotic shapes and textures.
 


©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

40. Faces in Wood-2.
iPhone 7+, 2017, Rupert, VT. Canvas photo, 10" x 10"

Another face in an old barn.
 


©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

39. Faces in Wood-1.
iPhone 7+, 2017, Rupert, VT. Canvas photo, 10" x 10"

Apparently, I'm not the only one who sees faces in everything, ranging from clouds to trees, to stones and old barns.  These next two photos, prepared for a 10" x 10" competition, are typical of the faces revealed in barns.


©2014  Sean Walmsley

©2014  Sean Walmsley

38. Untitled.
 
iPhone 6, 2014. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas photo, 20"x 16"

©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

I was trying to find a Christmas ornament project, and discovered one in Martha Stewarts LIVING magazine. It involved turning balsa cones into a giant sunflower arrangement (see below). Several of the cones needed to be cut so they'd fit in (apparently, Martha's were so well constructed that no cone had to be cut), and these accumulated on the floor. So I just scooped them up and dropped them onto a black cardboard and photographed them.


©2013  Sean Walmsley

©2013  Sean Walmsley

37. Untitled.
iPhone 5S, 2013  Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas photo, 20"x 16"

Of course, these are paint scrapings. I was given an antique mantel, and decided to scrape off a huge number of layers of paint and varnish. It took many days, working in the garage with the doors open and a paint mask to ward off the odors. After one particularly lengthy session, I brushed the scrapings into a pile on the garage floor, and this is what the photo represents. I like the way it radiates out from the bottom center. And I especially like the color. The mantel had been painted white, but the back of the paint scrapings were brown.

 


©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

36. Untitled.
iPhone 7+, 2017. Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire, UK. 
Canvas photo, 20" x 16"

Walking on the beach at Robin Hood's Bay, I came across this, and it composed itself. The black sand is actually coal (I'm assuming from ships carrying coal going aground, but I could be wrong). Interestingly enough, I also found a similar black sand on Block Island (off the coast of Rhode Island, US)--see below--but this appeared to be  charcoal from a nearby camp fire..

Block Island, August 2017.  ©2017 sean walmsley

Block Island, August 2017.  ©2017 sean walmsley


©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

35. Castle Bolton Floor
iPhone 7+, 2017. Castle Bolton, Yorkshire Dales, UK.
Canvas photo, 20"x 16"

We visited Castle Bolton in Yorkshire in May, 2017. It was constructed, starting in 1378. Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned here in 1568 (we saw the chambers where she stayed). Partially destroyed in England's Civil War, it's still owned by descendants of Lord Scrope who built it. This photo is of a floor in one of the basement rooms (I think a kitchen). I just loved the textures and the pattern of stones, and knowing that people walked on this very floor at least 600 years before I did.

Bolton Castle, May 2017   ©2017seanwalmsley

Bolton Castle, May 2017   ©2017seanwalmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

34. Hawthorn Tree.
iPhone 7+, 2017. Falcondale Hotel, Lampeter, Wales.
 Canvas photo, 20"x 16"

Falcondale Hotel from the garden. ©2017 seanwalmsley

Falcondale Hotel from the garden. ©2017 seanwalmsley

We stayed at the Falcondale Hotel while visiting (for the first time since I was born) my birthplace in Llanwenog, Wales. The gardens at the hotel were simply stunning. This photo demonstrates the 'portrait' feature of the iPhone 7+, which has two cameras, and allows the software to create a 'bokeh' effect, just like a telephoto lens on a regular camera. 


©2015  Sean Walmsley

©2015  Sean Walmsley

33. Mycanthus Grass against a sunset.
iPhone 6S, 2015. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas photo, 12"x 12"

This mycanthus grows tall (too tall, I'm going to have to move it to a bigger spot), and in mid-August, it sends these fronds into the sky. They look good when photographed against sunset clouds.


©2016  Sean Walmsley

©2016  Sean Walmsley

32. Pine Trees in Winter.
iPhone 6S, 2016.  Saratoga Springs State Park, NY. 
Canvas photo, 20"x 16"

In the winter months, the Farmer's Market moves inside the Lincoln Baths building. It's only a minute or so from my house. The sun is low, and casts long shadows. Getting the sun behind one of the trunks illuminates the pine trees almost as though the photo was taken at night.


©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

31. Leaves and branches in the Yorkshire Dales.
 iPhone 7+, 2017. Hawes, Yorkshire Dales National Park, UK. 
Canvas photo, 20"x 16."

Staying in Thorney Mire Barn B&B in Hawes, North Yorkshire, offers so many opportunities for exploring the countryside. In May, when the trees are budding, I came across this scene. I liked the way the tree behind and the branch below had the same design, with the fresh leaves in between. 


©2016  Sean Walmsley

©2016  Sean Walmsley

30. Baby Twist Locust.
 iPhone 6S, 2016. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas photo, 20"x 16"

Mature babytwist locust, Waddesdon, near Aylesbury, UK. ©2015 seanwalmsley

Mature babytwist locust, Waddesdon, near Aylesbury, UK. ©2015 seanwalmsley

I bought a small baby twist locust to replace a japanese maple by my pond, but it started to grow too large, so I moved it toward the back of my property. There, it took off, growing 3-4 feet in a single year. The tree is characterized by shoots jogging off in sharply angled directions (see below). 

I like not only the way it grows, but also how it projects an asian appearance. It does have one nasty habit--thorns that seem to reach out and prick you whenever you are around the tree.


©2016 Sean Walmsley

©2016 Sean Walmsley

29. Stone wall and tree in the Yorkshire Dales.  
iPhone 6S, 2016. Hawes, Yorkshire Dales, UK. Canvas photo, 20"x 16"

Just a short walk from Thorney Mire Barn B&B, where we were staying in early May, this tree is just budding out. The stone walls keep the sheep in, but they are all constructed without mortar of any kind. In this part of Yorkshire, stone walls take the place of hedges.


©2016  Sean Walmsley

©2016  Sean Walmsley

28. Reflections in asphalt.
iPhone 6S, 2016. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas photo, 20"x 16"

This photo is more about textures than even reflections. It was taken just a few yards from my house, in a place where puddles accumulate after a rain.


©2016  Sean Walmsley

©2016  Sean Walmsley

27. Iris emerging from Driftwood.
iPhone 6s, 2016. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas photo, 13" x 13"

Irises are such beautiful flowers, especially by a pond. I just wish they'd last longer. This one I planted right in the middle of a piece of driftwood, and it seems content to make the wood its home.


©2016  Sean Walmsley

©2016  Sean Walmsley

26. Tradescantia (Spider Wort)
iPhone 6s, 2016. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas photo, 13" x 13"

The spider wort was given the name Tradescantia to celebrate the incredible contribution made by both the elder John Tradescant and his son John, who, in the 17th Century, traveled around the world, collecting all kinds of garden and other specimens. 


©2015  Sean Walmsley

©2015  Sean Walmsley

25. Storm clouds above the Racino.
iphone 5S, 2015. Saratoga Springs, NY.Canvas photo, 20"x 40"

Again, much more impressive than it appears here, being a 40" x 20" canvas print. This photo is three individual photos stitched together with Photoshop. In upstate New York, we get some pretty intensive storms in the summer months, and the sky is very open just yards from my house, so I can show a large swath of clouds.

 


©2015  Sean Walmsley

©2015  Sean Walmsley

24. Cite de Carcassonne
iPhone 5S, 2015.Carcassone, France.  Canvas photo, 39" x 12"

The walled city of Carcassonne is an incredible medieval citadel, with a rich history beginning in the 3rd Century AD. I have visited it three times, and it continues to amaze and intrigue.

 


©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

23. Sun and Clouds. 
iPhone 7+, 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas photo, 20"x 16"

Ever since joining the Cloud Appreciation Society, I've been a bit obsessed about clouds, and they feature prominently in my portfolio. I'm always looking for new and different ways to express my interest in them. This shot was directly overhead on my patio, with the exposure set as dark as I could get it, so there was still color from the sun shining through the clouds.


22. Sagamore reflections.

©2014  Sean Walmsley

©2014  Sean Walmsley

iPhone 6, 2014. Sagamore Resort Hotel, Bolton Landing, NY.
Canvas photo, 20"x 16"

People often ask me if I combined two photos to create this one. Actually, it's simply a photo of an old photograph on the wall of a bedroom at the Sagamore Hotel. In the glass of the photo, the room's window is reflected. I really liked the way that it reflects both the past and present of the Sagamore's history. It's a bit of a figure-ground puzzle to figure out the separation of old with new, but that's part of the point of the picture.

This photograph was selected for a juried competition (VISIONS 2017) by North Country Arts, and exhibited in the Shirt Factory Gallery from March 29- April 29, 2017.

 


©2016 Sean Walmsley

©2016 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

 

 

 

 

21. Clementine Stained Window. 
iPhone 7+, 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas photo, 20"x 16" (there is also a 10" x 10" version)

This all started when I came across a clementine slice I'd dried for a Christmas decoration. I wondered what it would look like with a bright light behind it. Rather disappointed with a flashlight and an LED bulb, I tried putting it up in front of  the morning sun streaming through a window. This is the result, it looks like a stained glass window in a church.


©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

20. Dinosaur. 
iPhone 7+, 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas photo, 20"x 16"

Scouring an Adirondack stream in search of driftwood to place by my pond, I came across several pieces that resembled various kinds of creatures. I brought the home, and photographed them against my garage floor. This one looks like a dinosaur, so that's what I titled it. Other than removing my feet from the photo, this is what it looked like when I picked it up.

Creature in a beach stone. Block Island, RI. ©2017 seanwalmsley

Creature in a beach stone. Block Island, RI. ©2017 seanwalmsley

I've since realized that I'm not alone in looking for faces in both nature and man-made object. There are pages and pages devoted to them in Instagram (#facesineverything). In fact, it's become rather irritating. I no longer go looking for these faces, but on occasions, I bump into them, and they have to be unique. Here's one I just bumped into while exploring a rocky beach on Block Island:

 


©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

19. Herm. 
Phone 7+. 2017. Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas photo, 20"x  16"

This is one of four herms situated in a corner of Congress Park. Herms were originally used as boundary markers in ancient Greece, depicting Hermes the Greek God. 


©2015  Sean Walmsley

©2015  Sean Walmsley

18. London Eye. 
Canon Rebel XT, 2015. London, UK.
Canvas Photo, 20" x 40" (also in a framed archival print).

London Eye. ©2015 seanwalmsley

London Eye. ©2015 seanwalmsley

 

 

 

 

This is a view looking down from one of the gondolas of the London Eye. This photo is a combination of several photos taken within milliseconds of each other, then layered together in both black-and-white and color.


©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

17. Face in Stone.
iPhone 7+, 2017. River Ure, Yorkshire Dales, UK.
Canvas photo, 20"x 16"

We stopped for lunch by the River Ure on a side trip from our B&B in Hawes, North Yorkshire, and I came across this rock. I thought it was just a neat confluence between river water and stone, but later realized the stone had a creature's face in it.


©2014  Sean Walmsley

©2014  Sean Walmsley

16. Just a bite for lunch.
iPhone 6, 2014. Clark Institute, Williamstown, MA.
Canvas photo, 20"x 16"

This photo was never intended to be funny. I was taking a photo of this Rodin sculpture, and through the viewfinder, stepped a man in shorts right beneath the sculpture's mouth. At first, I thought I'd wait until the man moved on, then I realized how funny the photo might be..so I took it.

 

 


©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

15. Iris. iPhone 7+. 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY.
Canvas Photo, 10" x 10"

By my pond, I have several irises, and they provide spectacular viewing for several weeks (wish it was longer, though). Close-up photos of these irises reveal such beautiful colors and patterns. I never get tired of photographing them. (This canvas photo is currently in the 10" x 10" exhibition in the Saratoga Arts Center, in Saratoga Springs. NY)


©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

14. Nasturtium. iPhone 7+. 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY.
Canvas Photo, 10" x 10"

For some reason, I hadn't grown nasturtiums in my garden until last year, but after I discovered how great the flowers were in salads, I've made them a must-have annual. The flowers are simply gorgeous. I now grow them in both red and yellow varieties.


©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

13. Specimen-2. iPhone 7+. 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY.
Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

This is another piece of driftwood from the Adirondacks, photographed against my garage floor. Enough said.


©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

12.Specimen. iPhone 7+. 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY.
Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

This was the first piece of driftwood I found that I photographed against my garage floor. An earlier version of this canvas photo (in landscape orientation) was accepted to the Contours and Configurations exhibition in the Golden Thread Gallery in West Hartford, CT. The piece is only about 4" long. Some viewers found it quite frightening. 

 


©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

11. Clematis Flower. iPhone 7+. 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY.
Canvas Photo, 13" x 13"

I have a series of individual flowers that I've turned into square canvas prints (10" x 10", 12" x 12", and  13" x 13"). 


©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

10. Zinnia Flower. iPhone 7+. 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY.
Canvas Photo, 13" x 13"

Another in the  series of individual flowers that I've turned into square canvas prints (10" x 10", 12" x 12", and  13" x 13"). 


©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

9. Untitled. iPhone 7+. 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY.
Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

Hard to believe, but this is the interior of a tunnel in the Wilton Mall in Saratoga Springs, NY. My grandchildren were playing in the children's area, and I was trying (unsuccessfully) to capture a photo of them as they scrambled in and out of the tunnel. However, while they were too quick passing through, I shot the tunnel on its own, and the reflections were quite stunning.


©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

8. Ice Man. iPhone 7+. 2017. Saratoga Springs State Park, NY.
Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

 

We were taking a walk by the Gideon Putnam Hotel in the State Park, and there were small pieces of ice cast aside by snow plows, still not melted. I thought it might be interesting to photograph one of them against the low sun. At first, it looked like a boring shot, but after looking at it on my computer, I suddenly realized it looked like a tiny ice man, with a shadow. (No, it wasn't photoshopped. There wasn't any need to do anything with the shot). 


©2017 Sean Walmsley

©2017 Sean Walmsley

7. Sunset from my house. iPhone 7+. 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY.
Canvas Photo, 20" x 40"

This is a single shot, using the panorama feature of the iPhone. Of course, it can't compare with sunset photos I routinely see on Instagram, but it's quite impressive when enlarged to 20" x 40".

 


©2016 Sean Walmsley

©2016 Sean Walmsley

6. Tree on Weibel Avenue. Phone 6S f 2.2 1/350  Weibel Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 3/1/2016.
 Canvas photo, 20"x  40"

This is a more recent photo (Nov 22, 2017). Unfortunately, the tree has been severely cut back to protect electricity wires, so it isn't nearly as photogenic as it once was.)  ©2017 Sean Walmsley

This is a more recent photo (Nov 22, 2017). Unfortunately, the tree has been severely cut back to protect electricity wires, so it isn't nearly as photogenic as it once was.)  ©2017 Sean Walmsley

On my way to the supermarket, I've passed this tree in all seasons, and it has always struck me as a great subject for photography. I'm ashamed to say I don't know what the tree is (I'm hoping someone will tell me, since it's one that many Saratoga residents pass, too). It's very hard to photograph, since it's situated right on the corner of a cemetery, bordering a very busy intersection. Plus, it has electricity and telephone wires right in front of it. I've painstakingly removed the wires (although a recent iOS app called Touch Retouch does that almost magically), but getting the sky behind the tree to cooperate requires plain luck. My goal is to photograph the tree in all seasons. I just hope they don't cut it down before I've got all the seasons and the sky behind just right.  This canvas print is 20" x 40". The thumbnail here really doesn't do it justice.


©2015  Sean Walmsley

©2015  Sean Walmsley

5. Leaf-1. iPhone 6S. 2015. Friend's Lake Inn, Chestertown, NY.
Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

Taking a walk down to Friend's Lake while staying at Friend's Lake Inn in November, I took these two photos of individual leaves as they lay there after a rain shower. 


©2015 Sean Walmsley

©2015 Sean Walmsley

4. Leaf-2.  iPhone 6S. 2015. Friend's Lake Inn, Chestertown, NY.
Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

Taking a walk down to Friend's Lake while staying at Friend's Lake Inn in November, I took these two photos of individual leaves as they lay there after a rain shower. 


©2015  Sean Walmsley

©2015  Sean Walmsley

3. Pond Reflection. iPhone 6S. 2015. Saratoga Springs, NY.
Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

I have shade sails above my patio in my garden, and two of these are reflected in the pond. It does make for an unusual photo. 


©2015  Sean Walmsley

©2015  Sean Walmsley

2. Ice Droplets. iPhone 6S. 2015. Saratoga Springs, NY.
Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

In order to keep my pond aerated in the winter, I used to have a bubbler that kept an ice-free hole for the fish to get enough oxygen. But successive freezing and thawing produced ice droplets. And of course I had to photograph them.


©2015  Sean Walmsley

©2015  Sean Walmsley

1. Reflections in my pond.  iPhone 6S. 2015. Saratoga Springs, NY.
Canvas Photo, 20" x 16"

In the Spring and Fall, I often would photograph reflections in my pond, especially when the bubbler would create ripples in the surface. But the reflections changed all the time, as the water reflected plants bordering the pond, as well as the clouds and sky.