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Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Dusk Series: Italy

The Dusk Series continues. Marguerite and I were in Perugia and Assisi, in Umbria, Italy, in mid May, and I experimented for the first time with images in a built, rather than natural, environment. It was interesting to realize, as is the case with forests, that dusk falls at different times in cities and towns. A main square will be in daylight at 7 pm, perhaps, but a side alley will have fallen into dusk at 3 pm. "Dusk" is a malleable term.

The transitory tone of the images--the speed and rush of them--well represents the four and a half days we were in Umbria. Moving so fast, the brain doesn't catalogue details; it just holds onto memories of color, movement and form. In that context, the images seem like good analogues for travel itself. Hope you enjoy them...

Friday, April 1, 2016

The Premier of 

Under Paradise Valley

went wonderfully well! I'm so grateful to my brilliant, adventurous, creative
actors and crew for creating two riveting, otherworldly 


Here's a link to the performance...

...and this is an image of the set.

What you won’t see is the introduction, which explains more about the repeated 
phrases you'll hear in the play. During the art installation in 2013, I asked viewers to stand behind windows printed with 18th century gravestone carvings, and hold captions that included lines from epitaphs, poetry, and from a book on New England stone carving. So, if  5 viewers stood behind the window printed with a carving from Phebe Pomeroy’s gravestone and chose the caption that read “Leaves Here Her Dust,” the character of Phebe in the play has to speak the words “Leaves Here Her Dust” five times. I strung all the choices together to create the play, and added dialogue to have it (mostly) make sense.


A page from the graphic novel -- this is what the play looks like in print.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Announcing the premier of 

Under Paradise Valley


my play / performance piece / art installation which will be performed at Smith College on 24-25 March, 2016. The piece began as an art installation in 2013 at Historic Northampton Museum. 125 viewers donned a white bib, stepped behind a window printed with a photo of a gravestone carving from Bridge Street Cemetery, chose a caption to hold, and we took their pictures. I thank them for doing that!

Since then I’ve turned their captions into a graphic script—like a graphic novel, only written as a play-- called Under Paradise Valley. The script (or performed installation; I'm not quite sure what it is) will be performed at Smith on Thurs. and Fri., March 24th and 25th, in the Smith College Poetry Center, at 7:30 pm. It is sponsored by the English Department and directed by Mariel Bell, ’16.

The above image is the cover of the graphic script. The image below is a photo from an 18th century gravestone carving from the headstone of Benjamin Edwards, located in Bridge St. Burial Ground in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Come and hear the spirits "under Paradise Valley" speak!

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Dusk Series

Amazon River, Brazil

Here are some new Dusk images that I took in November, 2015, on a trip to the 
Rio Negro, one of the tributaries of the Amazon River, in Northern Brazil.

I've included a couple of focused images as well, so you can see what I was looking at 
before it was abstracted by the camera. Most of these pictures were taken
during a zodiak ride along an inlet at dusk; as guides searched for crocodiles, I 
kept snapping photos. Until my battery died. 


A great journey. River dolphins really are bright pink.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Dusk Series,

Musquodoboit Harbor, Nova Scotia

And the series continues...I took these photos on and around Martinique Beach in the town of Musquodoboit Harbor, on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, in mid September, 2015. For some of the images below I've included traditional photos of the same scene. The difference between them is the difference between a study, maybe, and an impression. A feeling versus a fact.

Nova Scotia is a tough, beautiful place. These photos are dedicated to all who love it.