The Season of Escher The Four Seasons
Exhibition dates: Feb. 14 - March 10, 2012 My Grateful thanks to the juror David Middleton and Kirsten and Rick at Photo Place Gallery!
Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring: each season provides inspiration for distinctive photographs. For this exhibition PhotoPlace exhibits photographs capturing the essence of individual seasons. We are honored that David Middleton was the juror for this exhibition. For this exhibition David chose forty photos for exhibition at PhotoPlace Gallery. He also selected an additional thirty-five photos for the gallery’s "On-Line Annex." All selected work will be included in a full-color exhibition catalogue available for purchase. To help artists defray costs, PhotoPlace Gallery offers to mat and frame work selected for exhibition free of charge, providing artists print their images to our pre-cut mat and frame sizes. Juror Statement:
It was a pleasure to review the 600+ images for this "Four Seasons" gallery show. Curiously, the most popular season represented was winter and the least popular was spring. There were many very strong black and white images of winter- they could’ve been a whole separate show- and I had a hard time selecting just a few. There were also many ‘alternative processed’ images some of which were intriguing and many quite beautiful. The images I selected spoke clearly of a season. I tried to pick both familiar scenes and inventive images, but all had to be beautifully rendered. I like to be surprised when seeing an image, be it an ‘old friend’ or a ‘new acquaintance," but I don’t like being disappointed by a technical flaw or a compositional lapse. I hope you enjoy these images, I did, and keep taking pictures!
David MiddletonThe Juror
David Middleton is a full-time professional outdoor photographer and writer. A passion for natural history and teaching led him to photography and then soon to writing. A passion for sharing his work and helping others led him to leading tours and teaching workshops.
David has led more than 150 nature/photography tours and over 200 photography workshops in places such as Alaska, Arctic Canada, the National Parks of the US, Costa Rica, Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica and the Falkland Islands for a variety of private companies and conservation organizations including the National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, Maine Audubon Society, Voyagers, Maine Photographic Workshops, the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, Orvis, Santa Fe Workshops, Elderhostel and Penn State University. These days he teaches between 6 -12 workshops a year and critiques about 10,000 slides a year.
David has produced 10 books. His first book, Ancient Forests
, was published in 1992 and was followed by The Nature of America
, which he created, co-directed, contributed photographs and was the principle author, was the largest nature photography book project ever undertaken. His latest books are Quite a Sightly Place
, The Lobstering Life
, The Nature of Vermont
, A Photographer’s Guide to Vermont, A Photographer’s Guide to the Maine Coast
and A Photographers Guide to the Oregon Coast.
More than an outdoor photographer and naturalist, David is a gifted and enthusiastic teacher who truly enjoys sharing his experiences and expertise with people. He has extensive communication training and is very comfortable in front of people of all interests. His formal education is a BS in Geology/Biology from Franklin & Marshall College and a MS in Educational Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. David taught at Penn State for several years before living in Oregon and then Colorado. He now lives on an old dairy farm in the mountains of Southern Vermont.
Rather than thinking himself just a photographer and writer, David instead thinks of himself as a teller of stories. He tells stories through lectures and articles to get his words and images published, to get his teaching points across and to make photography enjoyable for all. Storytelling is the construct that unifies his work and brightens his horizon as he searches for the images and words to complete his ideas.
This way of thinking has led David to photograph everything from Northeast harbors, Rocky Mountain wildflowers, African mammals, Florida birds, Amazonian rainforests, New England villages and Ecuadorian indigenous markets to Texas prairies, Oregon coast sunsets, Cuban farms and Antarctic ice flows.
Today, David spends most of his time photographing the rich and wonderful natural and cultural landscapes of New England, a place after many years he is still just getting to know. http://www.davidmiddletonphoto.com/Gallery hours
: Tuesdays through Fridays 11-4; Saturdays: 10-2. By appointment only on Sundays and Mondays.