Monday, August 27, 2018

New Work: Concord Theatre Demo / Reno

The Capitol Center for the Arts has been renovating the old Concord Theatre and adjacent diner to make room for an exciting new performing arts venue, scheduled to open in May 2019. Here's what the progress looked like last week:

We moved our web site!

After years of being "parked" on a freebie web site and some benign neglect, we recently moved our web site:

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Jack Broadbent at Market Days

Each year, Downtown Concord, NH holds Market Days. It features good food, great shopping, and even better music.

This year, the Capitol Center for the Arts programmed some amazing regional, national and international acts on the South Stage.

Here's Jack Broadbent this past June:

More Love, Lust and Desire

Here are images that appeared in this year's annual "Love, Lust and Desire" show earlier in 2018 at McGowan Fine Art:

Monday, January 2, 2017

Love, Lust, and Desire

Can't get enough of my "Love in the Digital Age" binary code series? Two of the graphic design images will be shown and made available for sale as hand-signed small works at McGowan Fine Art (Concord, NH), as part of the gallery's annual "Love, Lust and Desire" juried community show.

The show runs from January 31 – February 14, 2017. There's an opening reception on February 3, 2017 from 5 – 7 PM and I'm planning on being there. (And trust me: you'll ***really*** like the prices.)

I typically make my photography and design work available for sale through online galleries these days. So I'm really looking forward to being displayed in a bricks-and-mortar gallery again for a change and meeting area arts lovers at the reception. I hope to see you there!

Japanese-Influenced Icicle Images

This past weekend, I shot some outdoor pix, focusing on icicle formations. Some of them reminded me of traditional Japanese landscapes paintings, like this one:
So even though I hardly ever use the Photoshop filters any more, I though this particular photo would look interesting with the Sumi-E filter applied:
I liked it so much that I did a few more:
Takeaway points: it's your art and no one else's. Be inventive. Play with your software's tools. Create works that please yourself first and foremost. The joy that you get from creating pieces you love will attract the kinds of patrons to whom you want to entrust your "babies."

Friday, December 2, 2016

Seizing the Moment

My day job involves occasionally photographing performing artists:

Most of the time, the images are shot under less than optimal lighting situations, without flash, and often with too-slow lenses. Most of the resultant pix are rubbish, because there's too much action or the lighting changes mid-exposure.

I usually have background knowledge of the artists. This is because by the time they arrive on site, I've been promoting/marketing them for a few months. I also might have interviewed them. While they're not total strangers, I still spend most of my time behind the lens learning how they move, when they smile, and what is meaningful to them. While I'm "stealing their soul" with my lens, I try to do it respectfully. I delete clearly unflattering images. I'll give up a shot because I can't get it without wrecking the experience for the patrons who come to the show to relax and enjoy themselves. And even though the performing artists are appearing in a public space, I ask permission before shooting... because it's the right thing to do.

Digital photography makes it so easy for artists to take shot after shot without worrying about the cost and time involved in developing film. That leaves room to experiment and snap images that I'm not sure will turn out. The following picture, an unguarded moment of musicians Seth Glier and Joe Nerney, is one such photo. I loved the way their 1940s-style hats accented the vintage posters behind them. It's only the modern equipment and instruments in front of them that give away the decade the pic was snapped. I desaturated it some to add to the retro feel, but will likely go back and add some scratches and vignetting before I'm done tinkering with it.

The takeaway point? Carpe diem! While learning to take technically-proficient photos is important, leave yourself room to "play." When a golden moment presents itself, capture it. If the pic comes out, great. If not , then you're no worse off than if you hadn't taken the shot.

I'd love to see your family-friendly "photo that almost got away." Please share it in the comments below.

- Lynne Guimond Sabean

P.S.: Seth and Joe are sensitive and talented musicians that you'll be hearing a lot more about in the next few years. Hunt them down and see them in concert if you get the chance.