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200. Iris in South Carolina. Canon Rebel XT , Charleston, SC. (2006). Mounted photo, 30” x 20”.

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193-199. Close-ups of flowers in my garden. iPhone XS, Saratoga Springs, NY. (2019). Canvas Prints, 20” x 20”.

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192. Stuffed pipe in a Mass MoCA wall. Canon Powershot SD1200IS, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA. (2011). Canvas Print, 40” x 30”.

This is the first time I’ve had this photo printed. I’ve been a regular visitor to Mass MoCA over the years, and have been fascinated not just by the exhibits, but also the place itself, an enormous modern art museum created from a huge mill. I’ve photographed the columns and the walls, and made a digital chessboard from the columns, and a diorama from both the columns and the walls (see #109 below). The walls in Mass MoCA have been left as untouched as possible, and this shot is of a pipe protruding from a wall that someone has stuffed what looks like a brightly colored soda can or plastic bag. The background gives a good idea of the layers of paint and brickwork that cover the entire complex.

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191. Leaf. iPhone7+Dublin, Ireland, 2017. Canvas Print, 16” x 20”.

This is a sepia-toned (not black-and-white as originally posted) version of a leaf (not sure what it is) in a greenhouse in Dublin. I just liked its leathery texture and what appear to be folds in the leaf. I also liked the ‘Y’ divider.

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190. Reflections in a Stream. iPhoneXS.Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire, UK, 2019. Canvas Print, 24” x 36”.

This photo was taken on a trip this last May to Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire. A short distance down the hill from the house that my parents lived in the late 1930s is a stream. I just happened upon this pool, with the trees and shrubs reflected in it. (That turquoise spot toward the upper right hand side is a bit mysterious, but it was there in the stream).

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189. Iris in my garden-3. iPhoneXS.Saratoga Springs, NY, 2019. Canvas Print, 20” x 20”.

This iris, as you can see by the lilypads behind it, sits on the very edge of my pond, and offers a bloom completely different in color and form than the others. Again, a short blooming period, but well worth it!

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188. Iris in my garden-2. iPhoneXS.Saratoga Springs, NY, 2019. Canvas Print, 20” x 20”.

This purple iris is wedged between some driftwood, and sits right next to my pond. It doesn’t last all that long in bloom, but when it does—and especially in the rain—it is simply unforgettable.

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187. Iris in my garden-1. iPhoneXS.Saratoga Springs, NY, 2019. Canvas Print, 20” x 20”.

In early June, several of my irises bloom, this one has been with me for 11 years in my present house, and seemingly for ever in my previous home.


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186. Water and shadows on a step. iPhoneXS.Saratoga Springs, NY, 2019. Canvas Print, 20” x 16”.

I was watering a creeping phlox that occupies the space between this step and the patio, and managed to spill some water onto the step itself. It looked like a photographic opportunity. What I didn’t realize at the time was the interplay between the water, the face of the stone and the setting sun’s rays coming across the scene. The spilled water just followed the contours of the rock in its own random ways.

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185. Face in a piece of driftwood. iPhone7+, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2017. Canvas Print, 16” x 20”.

I was rearranging some of the driftwood that I have alongside my pond recently, and came across a tiny piece that looked like a human face. And no, the twig that completes the ‘eye’ on the left was already there—I didn’t add anything. Actually, you could just think of this as a piece of driftwood, with its interesting curvy grain, and different shades of colors.

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184. Untitled. iPhoneXS.Saratoga Springs, NY, 2019. Canvas Print, 24” x 18”.

I was picking off the dead leaves from a Croton plant in my sunroom, and temporarily placed them in a pile on the floor. It suddenly dawned on me that it might make an interesting addition to my collection of “The Afterlife of Leaves.” People have told me it bears an uncanny resemblance to a face, but that really wasn’t the original intention, and I didn’t arrange the leaves at all. In fact, until I turned the photo upside down, I didn’t see a face at all.

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183. Rainy reflection in the hood of a car. iPhoneXS.Saratoga Springs, NY, 2019. Canvas Print, 36” x 12”.

In the car I drive, the view from the driver’s seat has this curvy feature off to the left of the hood, but sitting in a parking lot with the rain pouring down not only made the curve more prominent, but it also produced interesting patterns in the rain drops themselves. You’ll see that this is actually a color photo (notice patches of blue on the left hand side?)

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182. Street Photo with dog. iPhoneXS.Saratoga Springs, NY, 2019. Canvas Print, 20” x 20”.

On our way back from SH&W, we stopped at an intersection along 5th Ave, and out of the corner of my eye, saw this dog wagging its tail. I just had to get out and greet it, and then take a photo. What I liked about the shot was the contrast between the wide (and empty) sidewalk stretching into the distance, with the dog enclosed within the fence. Just a cute shot.

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181. Lily pads in the evening sun. iPhoneXS.Saratoga Springs, NY, 2019. Canvas Print, 20” x 20”.

I liked the way the sun turned the lily pads bronze. Also, the water in the foreground is doing interesting twirls.

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180. After the Burial. iPhone7+. Broadalbin, NY. 2017. Canvas Print, 36” x 18”.

If you think about it, 20 years ago, this probably would have been a very difficult shot to take, because smartphone cameras hadn’t arrived yet, plus burials weren’t typically events where it was appropriate to take photos. But times have changed. I took this shot because it showed friends and relatives after the burial of a loved one who’d died at a ripe old age, enjoying taking photos of assembled group. It’s also interesting looking up close to see all the various people’s expressions. A sad event, but many snapshots of smiling family and friends gathered—some from afar—for the occasion. In one sense, you can see this as more of a social commentary, brought about by the wide availability of smartphone cameras, and the now universal acceptance of social media.

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179. Reflection in a Vase. iPhoneXS.Saratoga Springs, NY, 2019. Canvas Print, 30” x 24”.

This was taken with my iPhone (the blackish rectangle on the left hand side) of a highly glossy vase, which reflected windows in my sunroom and the garden beyond. What I like about it is it’s almost indistinguishable from an impressionist painting.

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178. Grow Light for a Field—new version. iPhoneXS.Florence, MA, 2019. Canvas Print, 20” x 16”.

I hear you ask, Sean, don’t you realize this is exactly the same as the smaller version on the other wall, only bigger? Well, yes, it is bigger, but it also doesn’t violate the framing rule that the smaller version glaringly does. Can you figure out what that is? Clue: There should always be more space in the matting underneath the picture than above it. I’m still not sure why, but that’s the way it is.

Background canvas print by Jen Spencer. Kitchen hanging light by Wayfair. Photo by me. Paying homage to Rene Magritte, although I only realized that after I had taken the shot. It has since emboldened me to take more photos that pay my respects to Magritte!

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177. Reflections on rainy outdoor stone steps. iPhoneXs. Harewood House, North Yorkshire, UK, 2019. Canvas Print, 18” x 24”.

What attracted me to this photographic opportunity was lichen-covered stone, with enough water to produce interesting reflections (that’s the photographer’s silhouette in brown—the actual color of the stone—rendered ghost-like in the reflection. I especially like the range of colors and textures made possible by a shadow of the step at the top, and reflections of a grey sky, and my leaning over to take the shot, while keeping my camera dry.

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176. The view from Harewood House. iPhoneXs. Harewood House, North Yorkshire, UK, 2019. Canvas Print, 18” x 24”.

What’s special about this photo is that you’re looking at one of Capability Brown’s famous garden designs from a stone balustrade next to the house.

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175. Switched Off! (Or, Brain Dead, and Screwed), iPhoneXs. Harewood House, North Yorkshire, UK, 2019. Canvas Print, 36” x 24”.

In case you think I have the title wrong, remember that in the UK, switching on a light is done by pushing the switch down, not up. This is actually a reflection of two people in a brass light switch at Harewood House, a stately home in North Yorkshire. I suppose one could make jokes about the screws embedded in the two faces, too, but I’m not going there. Oh, this is also homage to Rene Magritte ( see #170 below).

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174. Copper beech leaves. iPhoneXs. Castle Howard, North Yorkshire, UK, 2019. Canvas Print, 16” x 24”.

If you scroll down to #172 The Boar, you’ll see a huge tree behind the statue. This photo is of fresh leaves coming down almost to the ground. Hard to believe that they are from the same tree!

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173. Pigs DO Fly. iPhoneXs. Saratoga Springs, 2019. Canvas Print, 16” x 24”.

This started off as a photo of an orchid flower in mid-air. Only after seeing the actual canvas print did I realize that the leaf has an alter ego. Since it didn’t occur to me at first, maybe it might not for you, and that’s fine with me, because it’s really supposed to celebrate the orchid flower after it’s dropped from the plant. (Actually, if you look closely, there are three faces in the leaf—one to the right of center, and two to the left of center. I wish I could take pictures of leaves in which no-one can find ANY faces!).

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172. Wild Boar. iPhoneXS, 2019. Castle Howard, North Yorkshire (UK). Canvas Print, 16” x 24”.

Famous statue at Castle Howard (where both versions of Brideshead Revisited were filmed. If you look at the photo above, you might see why this boar is licking his chops.

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171. Mosquito and Leaf. iPhoneX. Saratoga Springs, 2017. Canvas Print, 30” x 20”.

A juxtaposition of dead mosquito and a dead maple leaf. It was a random pairing, I had placed the maple leaf on a window bookcase while I went to get my camera, and didn’t realize I’d put it right next to an expired mosquito. Seemed appropriate that the mosquito’s last resting place would be in the shade of a maple leaf recently dropped from a tree. I’ll let others think about the relationship between insect and leaf ‘passing’.

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170. Grow Light for a Field. iPhoneXS.Florence, MA, 2019. Canvas Print, 20” x 16”.

Background canvas print by Jen Spencer. Kitchen hanging light by Wayfair. Photo by me. Paying homage to Rene Magritte, although I only realized that after I had taken the shot. It has since emboldened me to take more photos that pay my respects to Magritte!

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169. Saratoga State Park Geyser. Canon EOS 80D, 2017.Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Print, 20” x 20”.

Most photographs of this famous geyser in the Saratoga State Park encompass the entire spout, but shooting with a 300mm lens offers a close-up glimpse of the build-up of mineral deposit. It reminds me of a pink blancmange, sort of.

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168. Chair with sun-reflected wall. iPhoneX, 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Print, 20” x 20”.

I took the opportunity one morning, while the sun was reflected on the wall behind my dining room table to shoot this minimalistic portrait of a chair. Sometimes, simplicity is key.

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167. Model T headlight. Canon EOS 80D, 2018.Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Print, 20” x 20”.

There were a few Ford Model Ts at the Saratoga Auto Museum in September 2018, and I though it might be interesting to separate one of the headlights from the car (photographically, that is). Only after printing it did I realize there was a piggy’s face in the headlight, I’m sure Ford did not intend that. I just liked the reflections in it.

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166. Floating Orchid Leaf. iPhone XS, 2019.Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Print, 30” x 24”.

I’m not sure why I like photographing dead flowers and leaves, but maybe it’s because they have such great colors, textures and shapes, and reveal such beauty even after they’ve fallen from the plants—enjoying a second life, as it were. I also like the way this orchid flower is suspended in mid air.

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165. Three Leaves. iPhone XS, 2018.Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Print, 30” x 40”.

Sorry about too many leaves on display, but I’m in the process of preparing for a competition entry, and it really helps to have these photographs displayed in a gallery-like space, and get feedback on them. This photograph in particular shows off the Apple iPhone XS and its camera. To be able to blow up a portion of a photograph and print it at 30x40 is quite an achievement for a teensy camera in a smartphone. But what I really like about this photo is the three-dimensional effect of one leaf in front of two others achieved largely through bokeh and shadows.

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164. Spider repairing its web. Canon EOS 80, 2018. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Print, 24” x 12”.

Last August, I noticed that a spider had a web precariously balanced between the railing on my front porch, and a hanging flower pot above it. But for many days it either rained or the wind blew, destroying most of the web. So every morning, this itsy-bitsy spider repaired it. That’s why the web was a such a tangle of threads. (Eventually, after about two weeks of doing this, the spider decided this really wasn’t the best place to maintain a web, and moved on).

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163. Barge on the River Thames. Canon Powershot SD1200, 2011. London, UK. Canvas Print, 40” x 20”.

This was taken looking across the Thames from the Tate Modern. A very lucky shot, with a barge centered in my viewfinder. What I really liked about it (afterwards, since I didn't know it at the time) were the colors in the barge replicated in the houses directly opposite—in fact, all the barge colors can be found in the background. Also, the ‘beach’ at low tide matched the color of the building on the extreme right. St Paul’s Cathedral is out of the photo to the right.

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162. Money Tree Leaf. iPhone X, 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Print, 36” x 24”.

I am gathering a number of close-up photos of ‘expired’ leaves for a submission to a competition, and this one is of a money tree leaf that was lying around but had curled in the sun. What I liked about it were the intricate veins backlit by the sun streaming through a window, and the curve of the leaf added to the composition. Fractal geometry at work!

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161. Cobra. iPhone XS, 2019. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Print, 36” x 24”.

It’s no secret that I enjoy (am obsessed by?) photographing nature up close. This photo is a leaf from a long-departed orchid plant, and it measures about 3” long. I just liked the way it took on the appearance of a cobra about to spit, but its texture appeals to me, too. You can just make out the faded green on the left-hand side, all that remains of the bright green of the leaf when it was alive.

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160. Trafalgar Square. Canon Powershot 1200S, 2011. London, UK. Canvas Print, 20” x 16”.

I’ve been gently taken to task for not displaying street scenes, which generally I do not shoot. But here’s one on a visit to London, in Trafalgar Square, one of many places in London where street performers of all kinds do their thing. The main attraction here is a performer in black (up against the National Gallery wall on the right—but don’t ask me what he was doing, I can’t remember). I was more interested in the silver cowboy posing for a photo with a child. BTW, Trafalgar Square is regarded as the official center of London, and any time distances are measured from or to London, this is the spot the measurements are taken. Oh, and the Queen owns Trafalgar Square, although she doesn’t personally clean up after the crowds.

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159. Powerscourt Gardens. iPhone 7+, 2017. Enniskerry, Ireland. Canvas Print, 16” x 20”.

Visiting Powerscourt in October 2017, on the final leg of a trip to Ireland (where I went to University for my BA and MA), we came across a view that incorporated both elements of the Estate—a magnificent house and gorgeous gardens. I liked the juxtaposition of the two.

“Powerscourt Estate, located in EnniskerryCounty WicklowIreland, is a large country estate which is noted for its house and landscaped gardens, today occupying 19 hectares (47 acres). The house, originally a 13th-century castle, was extensively altered during the 18th century by German architect Richard Cassels, starting in 1731 and finishing in 1741.[1] A fire in 1974 left the house lying as a shell until it was renovated in 1996.

Originally the family seat of the Viscounts Powerscourt, the estate has been owned by the Slazenger family, founders and former owners of the Slazenger sporting goods business, since 1961. It is a popular tourist attraction, and includes Powerscourt Golf Club, an Avoca Handweavers restaurant, and an Autograph Collection Hotel.” (Source: Wikipedia)

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158.The Spirit of Life. Canon EOS 80D, 2017.Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Print, 16” x 20”.

I’ve known this statue since coming to Saratoga in the mid-1960’s, but I hadn’t photographed it until I decided to photograph as many statues in and around Saratoga as I could. Most photos incorporate the entire fountain and statue, but I thought focusing on the face with the fountain caught in mid-motion might make a better composition.

"The Spencer Trask Memorial Fountain was erected by the citizens of Saratoga in tribute to Spencer Trask (1844-1909), broker and banker who after his retirement from business became chairman of the Saratoga Springs Reservation. The statue is by Daniel Chester French. Standing on a granite pedestal in an oblong pool against a background of evergreens, a winged bronze figure holding a cup of healing waters typifies the spirit of awakened life in the waters of the springs. The Katrina Trask Peabody Memorial, a granite stairway, is in memory of Katrina Trask, wife of Spencer Trask, who married George Foster Peabody after Trask's death. She died in 1922. The memorial was given by her family and the household of Yaddo." (From Waymarking.com)

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157.Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família. Canon Powershot 1200S, 2010.Barcelona, Spain. Canvas Print, 16” x 24”.

This is a view from quite high up on one of the roofs of the Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi’s great architectural masterpiece, started in 1882 and still yet to be completed. This photo was taken in 2010, and the cathedral has become so popular as a tourist destination that the completion date keeps getting closer. I can’t wait to return to see it again.

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An artist’s impression of what the completed building will look like…

An artist’s impression of what the completed building will look like…


156.Vladimir Nabokov statue in Montreux, Switzerland. Canon Powershot 1200S, 2010. Canvas Print, 20” x 16”.

Nabokov moved to the Montreux Palace Hotel (in the background) in October 1961, and died there in 1977. I liked this photo, not just because the statue is so powerful but also the interaction between Sherry and the likeness of Nabokov is so intriguing. They are engaging eye to eye, and one can’t help but keep going back and forth between the two.

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155.Tree Bark. iPhone 7+, 2017. Lampeter, Wales, UK. Canvas Print, 30” x 40”.

I took this photo in the garden of the Falcondale Hotel in Lampeter, Wales, while visiting my birthplace. It’s part of a series I’m preparing for submission to a gallery on a ‘textures’ theme. The shot used the ‘portrait’ feature of the iPhone, even though it’s really intended for human portraits, but seems to work fairly reliably for plants and trees, too. The camera takes several pictures at one time, and allows the user to adjust the aperture so the background can be ‘bokeh-ed’ to give the foreground the appearance of a 3-D image.

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154.Greenland Ice from 30,000 feet. Canon Powershot SD1200, 2011. Above Greenland. Canvas Print, 30” x 40”.

I took this while flying back from England in February 2011, but have only just had it turned into a canvas print. Not many passengers on flights like to continually watch the view below, but I’ve done this since I was a child, and am always rewarded both with the views as well as when I can photograph from the sky. By the way, snow and ice always seem to have a blue tinge, I gather it’s the reflection from the sky. And the water appears almost black.

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153. Tree on Doten Ave. iPhoneXS, 2019. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Print, 40” x 30”.

I like this tree especially in winter without leaves, it seems to have its branches flailing around rather like a horse’s mane swishing off flies. And it wasn’t even windy when I took the shot.

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152.Fortune Cookie rendered in Metal. iPhoneXS, 2019. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Print, 30” x 40”.

This is a photo of an oil tank that’s just been crushed, and it’s leaking oil (not mine, I hasten to add). Two things I liked about it: how crushing it yielded an interesting composition, as well as all the various textures and colors. One thing I did not like about it: it should never have been crushed while it still contained oil. (I renamed it “Fortune Cookie”after Nick suggested it, and the Fortune saying should be “All things are easy before they are difficult.”)

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151.York Minster. iPhoneX, 2017. York, UK. Canvas Print, 20” x 20”.

This was taken on a walking tour around York, England. It’s of York Minster. The lighter roofed hexagonal building just to the right of the tower is the Chapter House, dating from the 1280s. I think what I liked about this view is that York Minster is in the background, with a jumble of houses of different architectural styles hiding the bottom half of the Minster, and with almost half of the scene comprised of jumbled gardens in the foreground.

From Wikipedia: The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, commonly known as York Minster, is the  cathedral  of  York ,  England , and is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. The minster is the seat of the  Archbishop of York , the third-highest office of the  Church of England  (after the monarch as  Supreme Governor  and the  Archbishop of Canterbury ), and is the  mother church  for the  Diocese of York  and the  Province of York . [3]  It is run by a dean and chapter, under the  Dean of York . The title " minster " is attributed to churches established in the Anglo-Saxon period as missionary teaching churches, and serves now as an honorific title. [4]  Services in the minster are sometimes regarded as on the  High Church  or  Anglo-Catholic  end of the Anglican continuum. [5]   The minster has a very wide  Decorated Gothic  nave and  chapter house , a  Perpendicular Gothic  quire and east end and  Early English  North and South  transepts . The  nave  contains the West Window, constructed in 1338, and over the Lady Chapel in the east end is the Great East Window (finished in 1408), the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world. In the north transept is the Five Sisters Window, each  lancet being over 53 feet (16.3 m) high. [6]  The south transept contains a  rose window , while the West Window contains a heart-shaped design colloquially known as The Heart of Yorkshire.

From Wikipedia: The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, commonly known as York Minster, is the cathedral of York, England, and is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. The minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the third-highest office of the Church of England (after the monarch as Supreme Governor and the Archbishop of Canterbury), and is the mother church for the Diocese of York and the Province of York.[3] It is run by a dean and chapter, under the Dean of York. The title "minster" is attributed to churches established in the Anglo-Saxon period as missionary teaching churches, and serves now as an honorific title.[4] Services in the minster are sometimes regarded as on the High Church or Anglo-Catholic end of the Anglican continuum.[5]

The minster has a very wide Decorated Gothic nave and chapter house, a Perpendicular Gothic quire and east end and Early English North and South transepts. The nave contains the West Window, constructed in 1338, and over the Lady Chapel in the east end is the Great East Window (finished in 1408), the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world. In the north transept is the Five Sisters Window, each lancetbeing over 53 feet (16.3 m) high.[6] The south transept contains a rose window, while the West Window contains a heart-shaped design colloquially known as The Heart of Yorkshire.


150. Soul of a Bird. Canon 80D, 2018. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Print, 40” x 20”.

This does resemble an earlier display in black-and-white of a spider’s web made up of leaves spun into the shape of a creature, hanging from a tree in Keene, NY. I visited this tree about 2-3 weeks later, and found the exact same web torn from the tree by the wind, lying on the ground. So I brought it home and photographed it against a wall, illuminated by the sun. You can still see where the spider spun its web around the leaves, giving it a truly surreal appearance..hence the title.

©2018 Sean Walmsley

©2018 Sean Walmsley


149. The Dawn of a New Era. iPhoneX, 2018. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Print, 20” x 20”.

Now, I need to reveal what this is—an LED bulb. Why the dawning of a new era? Because LEDs have started to take over from compact fluorescents which were taking over from incandescent lighting. They cost far less to run, are only warm to the touch, and best of all, last for a very long time (provided you avoid the cheapest ones). My favorite LED bulbs are made by Hyperikon.

PS No, the bulb isn’t plugged in. The yellow is simply the color of the LED element itself.

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A clue…

A clue…


148. Setting sun behind my baby-twist locust. iPhoneXS, 2019. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Print, 16” x 20”.

The late afternoon sun in winter provides so many opportunities as it starts to drop towards the horizon. I probably don’t have more than a very few chances to get it exactly behind the baby-twist locust, but this time I did. I like the way it blots out some of the tree.

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147. Money Tree Figure-Ground Leaves. iPhoneX, 2018. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Print, 20” x 16”.

This one speaks for itself, but hopefully you go back and forth between the leaves and the spaces between them, which also resemble leaves.

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146. Here’s another reprise of a photo I showed last summer. I probably won’t display this for long, since I have a new 40” x 20”coming from the printers.

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145. Here’s another reprise of a photo I showed last year. It’s still a favorite tree of mine, despite having had almost half of it ripped away to prevent it falling on power lines.

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I actually have a newer photo of it, although it’s not been printed yet, which shows how much of the tree has been removed:

 
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144. This is a reprise of a panorama I displayed last year, but in case you’re seeing this for the first time (or had forgotten about it), here’s the original notes I made on it:

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143. Reflections in reflections.  2018. iPhone XS. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo, 16” x 20."

Nothing here is photoshopped, it’s just a photo taken inside my sun room in the late afternoon. All of the windows reflect reflections, which gives the composition a somewhat surreal appearance. Up above to the right, you’ll see the shape of a haiku fan, and on the lower right is my hand holding the iPhone taking the picture.

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142. Snow scene from study window.  2019. iPhone XS. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo, 20” x 16."

I get to see out from my desk through a small square window, looking south toward my neighbor’s roof. I thought it might be interesting to emphasize the smallness of the window by setting it in a purely black surround. (I have a companion photo of the same view, but in the rain rather than snow, and I might soon display them side by side).

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141. Ice and Water.  2018. Canon 80D. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo, 30” x 20."

This was taken last February during a thaw in the ice in my pond, and I’ve only just had it printed. What I like about it is the juxtaposition of fluid water and rigid ice, but especially the way the water was behaving at the time—probably caught by gusts of wind.

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140. Tree in a Frozen Landscape.  2017. iPhone 7+.Avon, CT. Canvas Photo,  16” x 20."

I took this on a trip to friends in Farmington, CT, and thought I had already displayed it at SH&W, but I hadn’t. Actually, I wish I’d photographed it further to the right, but it’s already cropped as far as it can go. Still, I’m drawn to trees in winter, they have such fine detail, especially when backgrounded by clouds.

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139. Reflections in my Pond.  2018. iPhone XS. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo,  40” x 30."

The small pond in my back yard provides so many photographic opportunities throughout the year, but this winter with thawing, freezing and very little snow is particularly inviting. In this photo (turned upside down, so the trees look the right side up), you can even see feint images of the rocks below the surface, as well as ice that’s built up in layers, as well as ice that’s completely glass-like, so the trees look like they have been photographed directly, rather than reflected in the pond.

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138. Ice and Leaves in Congress Park.  2018. iPhone XS. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo,  40” x 30."

This is a shot of the small stream that flows through Congress Park, near where the huge old tree was recently cut down. What drew me to the scene was mostly the grey ice contrasted with the brown leaves, but I also like the curved and sharp lines in the ice itself..

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137. Upside down.  2018. iPhone XS. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo,  40” x 30."

I recently took #110 away—it was a photo of my sister’s garden steps in France—and happened to rest it against a sofa on its side. Lo and behold, a completely different picture! So I’m bringing it back again. Funnily enough, #130 Pebbled Sky was originally shot the other way round, but it works much better upside down. Strange how the simple act of looking at a photo tipped on its side or upside down yields something quite at odds with the original..

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136. Juicy Fruit.  2018. iPhone XS. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo,  40” x 30."

These berries (are they from a crab apple?) in the mail area by my house look so juicy as they turn orangey-red in December. The strange thing is that birds seem to be in no hurry to eat them. I wonder what they are waiting for…

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135. Face in the Bubbles.  2018. iPhone XS. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo,  16” x 20."

Who would expect a face to appear when trying to wash out a shampoo bottle before recycling it?

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134. Old Man in the Clouds.  2018. Canon 80D. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo,  16” x 20."

Just a lucky shot while photographing clouds. Nothing photoshopped here!

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133. Driftwood in the Snow.  2018. iPhone XS. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo,  18” x 24."

I found this driftwood in the Adirondacks, and have used it as a marker in my raised garden beds. In the last snowstorm, this is what it looked like.

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132. Rock Texture.  2018. iPhone XS. Clark Institute, Williamstown, MA. Canvas Photo,  40” x 30."

This is a prominent rock half way up to the Lunder Center at Stone Hill. I’ve photographed it many times, but not when it was wet. It’s all about texture, and the wetness brings it out in a way I’d never seen it before.

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131. Fall leaves.  2018. iPhone XS. Clark Institute, Williamstown, MA. Canvas Photo, 24” x 18."

I’m a sucker for Fall leaves, although it’s hard to come up with new angles on them. This was an attempt to capture some in as close to horizontal as possible.

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130. Pebbled Sky.  2018. iPhone XS. Clark Institute, Williamstown, MA. Canvas Photo, 24” x 18."

This photo started off as a reflection in the shallow pool just outside the new wing of the Clark. But having printed it, I looked at it upside down, and a whole other picture emerged, with the pebbles as the sky, and the trees the right way up.. So that’s how I’m hanging the canvas print.

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129. Untitled.  2018. iPhone XS. Keene, NY. Canvas Photo, 40" x 30."

This little sprig appealed to me for its color, the shape and texture of its leaves, and the sun catching it against a dark background. (It was taken using the iPhone XS’ portrait feature, designed primarily for photographing people, but it does an equally good job on plants).

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128. The Pitfalls of Not Thinking Long Term.  2018. iPhone XS. Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo, 18" x 24."

This was taken while walking near Siro’s Restaurant by the Thoroughbred Race Track. There are many examples of vines that wrap themselves around chain link fences but get trapped in them as they grow larger in diameter.

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127. Untitled.  2016. iPhone6s. Saratoga National Battlefield. Canvas Photo, 40" x 30."

I’ve only just had this printed, it was taken at the National Battlefield, and actually is a rotting tree stump that is supporting one of the descriptive plaques. The reason why I titled it ‘untitled’ is that it really looks more like an aerial shot taken above something emerging out of black water—more like rock than wood. It’s part of my passion for photographing objects in nature that take on a quite different perspective than they actually represent. It will be interesting to know what viewers imagine this to be!

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Just in case you were wondering, here’s the post that yielded the photo above it! (this photo is not displayed in SH&W)

Just in case you were wondering, here’s the post that yielded the photo above it! (this photo is not displayed in SH&W)


126. Ferrari Reflections.  2017. iPhone7+. Saratoga Auto Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16."

I’ve been a member of the Saratoga Auto Museum for many years, and they have such great exhibitions, as well as a permanent collection. This was taken in 2017 of a Ferrari bonnet (hood) with the windows of the old bottling plant reflected in the car.

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125. Abandoned railway station, chair, and railcars.  2016. iPhone6s. Eagle Bridge, NY. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16."

My only regret was that there wasn’t someone sitting despondently in the chair…

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124. The Soul of a Bird.  2018. iPhone X. Keene, NY. Canvas Photo, 36" x 12."

I shared this photo on Instagram (walm6770) and my cousin in France gave it the title. I’ll leave it to your imagination as to what it actually is—unretouched from the original photo (below), except for turning into a black-and-white and framing it differently. All I can reveal is that the photo was taken using the iPhone X “portrait” feature.

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(Photo not displayed at SH&W)

(Photo not displayed at SH&W)

PS: We happened to be back in Keene again a week or so ago, and lo and behold, the “creature” was still there! So I brought it home, and took some more photos of it. Now, of course, it looks like an animal, not a bird.

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123. Blacker and Blacker.  2018. Canon EOS 80D. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16."

We had some strong storms come through on September 3rd this year, and one of them produced quite a sight with an almost black cloud in the foreground. I shot this from my front porch.

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122. Sycamore Bark.  2006. Canon EOS Rebel XT. Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16."

I liked this almost three-dimensional bark the moment I saw it. It could easily stand for a sales or polls chart, whichever way it was displayed. But I wasn’t thinking of that when I first wired it. I recently returned to Deerfield to retake the photo, but even though I located the tree itself, I couldn’t find this particular section of it.

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121. Hook on a Wall.  2010. Canon Powershot 1200. Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire, UK. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16."

This stone is typical of walls in Yorkshire.

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120. Walled Garden,  2017. Canon 80D . Powerscourt Gardens, Ireland. Canvas Photo, 16" x 20."

I took this while visiting Powerscourt Gardens in Enniskerry, Ireland. These walls are at least 15 feet tall, and are a common feature of gardens in stately homes in both England and Ireland. I’m fairly sure these creepers initially were espaliered, but there doesn’t seem to be any wires visible, so perhaps they weren’t.

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119. Upside Down.  2018. Canon EOS 80D. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo, 24" x 16."

This is a vase that's been chopped in half and joined together (digitally, that is.)  It's  for an art competition with the theme "Upside Down." I wonder if you can see an optical illusion, in which the frame, which is a perfect rectangle, looks as though it's curved on the top and the bottom. I have no idea why it does this, and it certainly wasn't intentional, but it did. (It doesn't do it here on the web, but it does in the flesh. You have to be there at SH&W).

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118. Narragansett Bay at sunset.  2018.  iPhone X. Goat Island, RI. Canvas Photo, 40" x 30."

We recently went to a wedding on Goat Island, and this was the view across Narragansett Bay between the wedding itself and the reception. 

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117. Sheep and Tree.  2016.  iPhone6S. Hawes, North Yorkshire Dales, UK. Canvas Photo, 40" x 30."

This photo was taken on a trip to the Yorkshire Dales. I've just had it printed on canvas at this larger size, which I think suits it well. 

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116. Powerscourt Gardens Reflection.  2017.  iPhone X. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo, 30" x 24"

This photo was taken in the Powerscourt Gardens and House, Enniskerry, Ireland.

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115. Untitled.  2018.  iPhone X. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo, 30" x 24"

This photo was taken on a black plastic covering over a deck being constructed that had just been deluged by rain. The yellowish colors are sawdust from the construction. I'm not sure how the droplets seem to have such depth to them, but they do.

©2018 Sean Walmsley #447

©2018 Sean Walmsley #447


114. Solar Furnace at Odiello.    Canvas Photo, 40" x 30".

This was taken several years ago on a trip with my sister into the Pyrenees.

According to Wikipedia, "A solar furnace is a structure that uses concentrated solar power to produce high temperatures, usually for industry. Parabolic mirrors or heliostats concentrate light (Insolation) onto a focal point. The temperature at the focal point may reach 3,500 °C (6,330 °F), and this heat can be used to generate electricity, melt steel, make hydrogen fuel or nanomaterials.The largest solar furnace is at Odeillo in the Pyrénées-Orientales in France, opened in 1970. It employs an array of plane mirrors to gather sunlight, reflecting it onto a larger curved mirror.

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Here's what the site looks like (not displayed in SH&W). Photo:  https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/worlds-largest-solar-furnace

Here's what the site looks like (not displayed in SH&W). Photo: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/worlds-largest-solar-furnace


113. Lichen.  ‎⁨Rousham Place, England⁩⁩.  Canvas Photo,  16" x 20".

I capture lichen wherever I can in my travels in the States and in Europe. This one was taken at Rousham Place in England in 2013.

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112. Lichen.  ‎⁨Ventry⁩, ⁨Co. Kerry⁩, ⁨Ireland⁩⁩.  Canvas Photo,  16" x 20".

I capture lichen wherever I can in my travels in the States and in Europe. This one was taken during a visit to the Cliffs of Moher in 2017.

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111. Lichen.  ‎⁨Llanybydder⁩, ⁨Wales⁩, ⁨United Kingdom⁩. 2017.  Canvas Photo,  16" x 20".

I capture lichen wherever I can in my travels in the States and in Europe. This one is on the gate to the house where I was born, in Wales.

 

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110. Garden Steps.  iPhone  6, 2016.  Limoux, France.   Canvas Photo, 20" x 16".

This is a photo of the steps leading down to my sister's garden in south-western France.

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109. After the Flood.  Digital Collage.  Canvas Photo, 36"x 12".

This digital collage was created from actual photosI took in Mass MoCA of walls in various parts of the complex. I arranged the photos in Adobe InDesign ,then applied a 'flood' using an app appropriately called "Flood."  If you scroll down to #105 below, you'll se a version of this image without the flood, but I think adding the flood gives the collage more impact. Note: the dark parts of the wall closest to the 'water' were not added--they form the lower part of the walls themselves...

 

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108. Pebbles.  iPhone7+, 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY.  Canvas Photo,  20" x  16".

Self-explanatory...

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107. Spring Tree Buds.  Canon Rebel XT, 2008. Saratoga Springs, NY.  Canvas Photo,  20" x  16".

Shot a while back (yikes, 10 years!), I still like the freshness (and pristine quality) of these leaves late in late April. By the way, it does provide proof of the staying power of the colors of canvas prints.

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106. Wisteria.  iPhone 5S, 2014. Shugborough Estate, UK.  Canvas Photo,  20" x 16".

Wisteria growing in profusion at Shugborough Estate, Rugely, UK

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105. Mass MoCA walls collage,  2018.North Adams, MA.  Canvas Photo,  36" x 12".

This is another collage made up of Mass MoCA photos, this time walls around the buildings.

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104. The pond at the Clark Institute. Canon 80D, 2018. Williamstown, MA.  Canvas Photo,  36" x 24".

Tucked in beside the Old Gallery at the Clark is a delightful pond. I was mostly interested in photographing birds at the pond, but this caught my eye as a particularly interesting view. I have no idea what the post and board used to be, but it set off the composition nicely.

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103. Face in Barnwood.  iPhone 7+, 2017. East Rupert, VT.  Canvas Photo,  40" x 30".

Visiting friends in Vermont, I was amazed that their old barn has so many faces in the old boards. This is one of them. Originally I made a small (8" x 8") black-and-white version of it (see below) , but recently I decided it might work better in color, as well as in much larger print.

©2018 Sean Walmsley #447

©2018 Sean Walmsley #447

original version, (not displayed at SH&W)

original version, (not displayed at SH&W)


102. Katydid Grasshopper.  iPhone 7+, 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY.  Canvas Photo,  16" x 16".

This grasshopper arrived on our porch this last summer, and climbed up onto the back of an Adirondack chair, where it stayed for quite some time. I just had to photograph it, but only recently had a canvas print made for it.

©2018 Sean Walmsley #432

©2018 Sean Walmsley #432


101. Block Island Surf. iPhone 7+, 2017. Block Island, RI.  Canvas Photo,  40" x 20".

Taken in August, 2017,  at the same time as #96 (below), this was further up the beach where the surfers were. I especially liked the quality of the spray, as well as the turquoise color of the water in the foreground. I also liked the juxtaposition of the two.

©2018 Sean Walmsley #441

©2018 Sean Walmsley #441


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