Saratoga Health & Wellness Exhibition (ongoing)...
Images 101- (this page) --updated March 6, 2019
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. A portion of each sale is donated to SH&W.
[Photos are ordered from most recent]
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.
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.
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 Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland, 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. 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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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..
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..
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…
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
108. Pebbles. iPhone7+, 2017. Saratoga Springs, NY. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16".
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.
106. Wisteria. iPhone 5S, 2014. Shugborough Estate, UK. Canvas Photo, 20" x 16".
Wisteria growing in profusion at Shugborough Estate, Rugely, UK
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.