Equine Rescue Photo Safari

Thanks to the North Shore Public Library in Shoreham, NY for the opportunity to conduct both online and in-person Photo Safari tours for their patrons. On a recent sunny, chilly Sunday in December, the group visited Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue, 2746 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY for a tour by Marisa Striano, founder and board president. If you haven’t been dazzled by the incredible affinity between people and horses, pay a visit to experience this remarkable communication.

From top: Natalie Tucci, Lorena Doherty of the North Shore Public Library. Above: Spirit’s Promise founder and board president Marisa Striano. Below: some of the great patrons of the North Shore Public Library Photo Safari tours.

Peconic River & Cranberry Bog Preserve

Outdoor Photo Trek, first of three treks, March 17, 2021, sponsored by East End Arts, Riverhead, NY and led by instructor Miranda Gatewood. Images from three hours of personalized attention touring stunning Eastern Long Island locations for landscape and still life photography. Thanks to Patricia and Elizabeth for signing up and for their strong support of photography programs. Sign up for the next two at eastendarts.org

Outdoor Photo Trek, Winter 2021

Join me to tour and photograph the clarity and beauty of East End light in this in-person field workshop at spectacular outdoor locations, sponsored by East End Arts, NY. Create landscape, waterscape, and still life images. Shoot in all conditions including available light, slow shutter, sunset, moonrise, and silky water effects. Bring a tripod and a face covering. Ages teen through adult, all levels welcome.

Wednesdays, 4-7 PM (3-class series / or individual class) March 17, 24, (no class March 31), April 7. Cost for 3-week series: East End Arts members: $180.00; non-members: $216. Cost for single class: members: $65; non-members: $78. Sign up at East End Arts, 141 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901 631-369-2171 education@eastendarts.org EastEndArts.org

Winter Solstice

Clockwise from top left: Winter moonrise on the Peconic River, Riverhead, NY. ◼ The moon rises over the bay at South Jamesport, NY. With a thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices as watchers await the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on the evening of December 21, 2020, the first time in 800 years that these planets appear to merge as one. The lyric belongs to an 1847 carol, “O Holy Night” written by Adolphe Charles Adam. ◼ Dusk falls over the fields of Northville, NY.

The Joy of Portraiture

Part of why I love my job as a visual artist is that it’s not a job; it’s an adventure. Here are portraits of Joseph D. (and Marie) with whom I recently had an hour to work. In that short time, we shared ideas, hope, humor and joy.

I like to see people’s delight when they discover that I’m absolutely in love with my work.

Comet Neowise

#cometneowise viewed from the North Shore of Eastern Long Island, NY

This is the July 21, 2020 appearance of Comet Neowise, photographed about an hour after sunset from the north shore of Eastern Long Island, NY. It is an example of the camera aiding the human eye, seeing something hard to perceive. After making numerous exposures ranging from 4 to 30 seconds, only then did I begin to see the comet’s tail. Across the Long Island Sound, the lights from a beach bonfire and from New Haven and Bridgeport, Connecticut appear on the horizon.

I met a woman swimming in the dark, felt the exhilaration of the hunt and spent two evenings in awe, witnessing this magical speck in the sky with other beachgoers. This part of a grand Universe visible now in the Northern Hemisphere has drawn so many of us together in imagination and wonder, a harbinger of peace.

The Soothing Powers of Ocean

Two brothers thrilled to recall a childhood having grown up in the waves of the majestic Atlantic Ocean, with family whom we haven’t seen since before the Pandemic. We all changed. One grew a beard. One got quiet. One grew outspoken. It was a beautiful distraction. I wondered if I could trace the feelings and show them with the lens–an odd sort of reticence.

New Pieces Influenced by Covid-19

These new images essentially chronicle daily life for me since March, 2020 during New York State’s PAUSE, otherwise known as the Valve, also called the lockdown even though the Governor would say it’s not a Lockdown.

Lunch with the Governor by Miranda Gatewood, 2020, 36″ x 24″ photographic collage. Courtesy of the artist.

Around noon every day, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo would hold a daily briefing from his Albany, NY headquarters or from a handful of different pertinent locations across the state. Sometimes he would speak from Rochester or from the Jacob Javits Convention Center, site of a temporary hospital that was being prepared for 1,000 covid-19 patients. There would be a dais, upon which he would be seated, flanked by his socially distant cabinet members.

Happy Oranges by Miranda Gatewood, 2020, video clip. Courtesy of the artist.

Every day since mid-March, with great trepidation, I remained indoors and read voraciously. Non-fiction. Epidemiology. The science of virology and any graph and chart that I could get my hands on. It became my routine to help me stay focused, however paltry. Small things became monumental. Getting food, even peanut butter or oatmeal, became the focus of the day and the center of a feast. If there were spring bulbs blossoming in the yard, I brought them inside and made a centerpiece. I discovered that every day, I was essentially having Lunch with the Governor.

These two snarky offerings are for East End Arts, Riverhead, NY.