On a weekday, an impromptu call announced a family outing and an invitation to stop by a resort on the ocean in Montauk, New York, a favorite destination of mine in all weather. Part of the joy of Montauk was the drive and three months into the Coronavirus Pandemic, I jumped at the chance. Your vehicle can be a safe, movable extension of your home, like a pod on wheels.
Here are two brothers thrilled to recall a childhood having grown up in the waves of the majestic Atlantic, 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.
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.
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.
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.
The PhotoPlace Gallery of Middlebury, Vermont offers monthly, juried photographic exhibitions to photographers worldwide, each with a new topic and internationally recognized juror. The present show, “Life in the Time of Covid-19” is at once provocative, timely and timeless.
The eerie solitude, a forced hibernation in the time of Spring’s natural awakening, bears down upon us. These conditions created a darkness and gravity to my present work, seen here.
A new online class sponsored by East End Arts, Riverhead, NY with instructor Miranda Gatewood. For ages 14 to adult.
For beginners or intermediate level videographers, using your cell phones or DSLR cameras, we’ll be exploring your remarkable experiences and documenting them. Learn how to make a video, organize clips and combine them in iMovie or Movie Maker, free apps you can download for Mac or Windows. The twice-weekly class every Monday and Wednesday begins April 20, 2020 and runs through May 13 from 4:00 to 4:30 pm. Eight 30-minute classes: 4/20, 4/22, 4/27, 4/29, 5/4, 5/6, 5/11 & 5/13. Cost is $80.00 for East End Arts members / $100.00 non-members.
To all students: in light of the current circumstances where schools and arts organizations are closed due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, East End Arts has advised that we will not be doing classes or outings. Stay tuned for updates at eastendarts.org
We had one class last week before the shutdown where I took students on a hike through a NY State Park, photographed the Long Island Sound from a high bluff and then set up our tripods to record the gradually deepening blue after sunset, pictured here with a few dramatic edits added.
Thanks for your patience. I remain committed to providing a halcyon and safe harbor for creative expression during these times.
“…the perfect time to enjoy the local culture, visit the wineries, the galleries, Guild Hall performances & restaurants, but without the crowds.”
On Sat., Feb 29, 2020 and Sun., March 1, from 1-5 pm, I’ll be presenting fine art photography prints, both matted and framed on view at the magnificent Maidstone Inn, Main Street, East Hampton, NY. Come drop by; find a favorite for yourself or for a gift. It’s part of the East End’s Winterfest celebration, perhaps the best thing that ever happened to February.