Tag Archives: Exhibits

Changing Vistas – Changing Views

Having done a show about Capitol Hill, I now have an exhibit on another DC neighborhood. The exhibit, NoMa: Changing Vistas – Changing Views is part of a series sponsored by the Washington Project for the Arts and NoMa BID, in the lobby of 1200 First Street NE. It will be up through March 18. There will be an artist reception from 6-8 on March 10 and I hope you can come.

My show illustrates how vistas and views in NoMa have changed historically, as well as how the views from NoMa’s streets change minute by minute. I used lenticular pictures to illustrated long term historical changes. I’ve put archival and my own photos of the same sites together so that viewers sees different images when looking at the pictures from different sides. How lenticulars are made is enough for a whole blog entry, but to give you an idea, this is the image I printed to make a picture of the corner of K Street and North Capitol Street:

Canzoneri Lenticular-5

It is folded like an accordion so that as viewers go past it, they see a change from one to the other of these pictures.

To illustrate how views in MoMa change rapidly, I included two groupings of photos of the Mathmatica Building on First St NE. It was great fun to photograph because it has a curved, highly reflective exterior that is really interesting for the way it interacts constantly with the people, things, and other buildings near it. There are two buildings planned for the site, and the North side of the Mathmatica Building will be hidden when its planned companion goes up next to it. This will hide the current view and change it dramatically. The choice to have two buildings was made partly in reaction to DC’s building height limit, and the second building was delayed by economic factors; so the evolution of this vista is an example of the variety of factors that determine the visual environment of NoMa.

I photographed the Mathmatica Building from all sides, even standing in the alley behind it getting a view of the construction of buildings going up close to it. Here are some of those pictures. (In the show, they are all about 16 x 20 inch images and a bit more imposing looking than here.)

One thing I noticed as I walked around NoMa taking pictures is how you can see the water tower on top of the old Woodies warehouse from so many places — almost the way one sees the Washington Monument from so many spots in the District. I could only fit on shot of the water tower into this exhibit, but it is a fun one because it is the water tower reflected in the wall of the building where the exhibit is located. The photo is hanging on the end of the exhibition wall so that when you can see it from outside by looking through the glass wall that it is a picture of. If you look at it from inside the lobby, the pictured wall is just behind your back. I suppose that is some sort of meta-view/meta-vista. Or whatever. Here’s the picture:NoMa Window Reflection-14

Crocuses Mean Honoring New Year’s Resolutions

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to actually get in the habit of posting om my blog more often than once every six months. The problem with New Year’s resolutions is that New Year’s Day comes in the middle of the winter, when all I want to do is crawl back under the covers with a good book — not fix all my bad habits.

Which is why I seem to have waited until spring to get around to honoring some of those resolutions. The bright yellow crocuses coming up in our back yard are egging me on. I figure if they can keep blooming even after our dog dug around them, I can put up a blog post.

Actually, I’ve had work in a bunch of shows since I last posted, but I’ll just go with the current news, and try to get to filling in later. My photo, Fresh Green Tomatoes, is currently in an exhibit on Capitol Hill. My picture was chosen by juror Bonny Wolf to be included in Food for Thought, a show sponsored by the Capitol Hill Art League. It’s a really nice show which runs through April 16, 2015. You can see it at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop , 545 7th Street SE, Washington DC. a few blocks from the Eastern Market Metro Stations. Please do check it out.

Here is the picture. I took it at Eastern Market in 2013. Fresh Green Tomatoes

My Photos Are (Briefly) on Display in Two Shows at Once

Please come see one of my photos in the 2014 Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center Members Exhibition from April 5 to 25. (Of course, you should look at all the other great pieces in the show, but this is my blog, so I’m channeling my inner five-year-old and bragging about me.) The exhibition will be at the Washington Printmakers Gallery upstairs in the Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, at 8230 Georgia Ave in Silver Spring. Gallery hours are 10 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Sunday.

The opening reception is on April 6 from 2 to 4 PM, with the juror’s awards & comments at 2:30 PM. There are a number of good places to eat in Silver Spring, and the American Film Institute nearby, so you could include the reception in a nice day out.

This is the photo I have in the Pyramid show.

Bikes Immobile

If you are in the market for crafty & other items – “misprints, overgrown yarn stashes, fabric scraps, older but still beautiful work and more” – you can come by the Yard Sale in the Pyramid parking lot on Saturday April 12 from 9AM to Noon, and see the Members Exhibition at the same time. I’m working hard at clearing out excess supplies to sell that day, and will have some of my smaller prints for sale too.

While I’m bragging, I was a finalist in the 2014 Fine Art Photography Exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon, which opened on March 4 and continues until April 6. Which means I’ll have photos in two DC area shows at once – if only for a day. ArtSpace Herndon is at 750 Center St in Herndon and is open from 1 to 5 on Sunday afternoon. http://www.ArtSpaceHerndon.org.

The ArtSpace Herndon Exhibit is a really wonderful show (even if I do say so myself) and I was honored to have a piece in it. Going in, there are a couple of big, richly colored, delightful photos by D. B. Stovall, who was the exhibit juror; and the big photo of the Eiffel Tower that won first prize is a delightful example of how shooting from an unexpected point of view can make a subject that has been photographed a zillion times seem new and visually exciting.

My own contribution to the Herndon Exhibit didn’t win a prize; but it was one of the first photos to sell, which was a great ego boost. Iveta Steinhobel, who bought my print (and is, clearly, a woman of impeccable taste) kindly sent me this photo she took of me with the print at the Artists Reception.