Saratoga Health & Wellness Exhibition (ongoing)...
Images 101- (this page) --updated December 6, 2018
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 email@example.com. A portion of each sale is donated to SH&W.
[Photos are ordered from most recent]
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.