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Montauk Lighthouse Landscape

Posted in Aesthetic Realism, American History, Art, Autumn, Beaches, Beauty, Fall, Landscape, Lighthouse, New York, New York Landmarks, Parks, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2014 by maine1nyc
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On a recent visit with my wife Carol to Montauk, LI to experience the last days of the fall season, I was reminded of just how beautiful this place really is. And as a special treat we were greeted with “breeze’n up” weather—great for photographing. As we approached one of the most photographed and historic lighthouses in the country, I was affected by how the surrounding reeds interacted with the lighthouse. The wind was blowing hard, with gusts of up to 50 mph, yet the reeds showed their strength & grace. They held their own, even as they swayed while the lighthouse stood firmly in the distance, somewhat blurred by the reeds. I wanted to capture not only the motion of the reeds, but also their individuality as they moved, because I felt this would highlight their graceful strength in relation to the stolid lighthouse.

I am stirred by this critically important essay, by Eli Siegel, “Art as Flexibility.” As he writes you get a new insight into how crucial this aspect of art is. It begins:

“Art shows reality as resisting, bending; asserting, fading—which is how it is. Reality is as it changes, and flexibility in art is a visual likelihood of a thing’s changing in space, while remaining what it is. As a stem of a flower sways in the wind, we have a sight of flexibility. Yieldingness as sight is much in pictures; the yieldingness that makes for strength is what we look for in art.”

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Your creative imagination will be inspired after reading this work. If you would like to see more of my photos of Montauk visit my web-site:


An Overcast Day in New York Harbor

Posted in Aesthetic Realism, Beauty, Boats, Bridges, Landscape, Lighthouse, New York, Photography, Rivers, Wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2014 by maine1nyc


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On a recent day-trip with the Audubon Water Taxi in NY I had the opportunity to see some of NY Harbor that I hadn’t seen. Unfortunately the weather was more overcast than I would have hoped for, however it did make for a kind beauty all the same. Along with a sense of mystery, there was a stillness that went hand in hand with a slow kind of motion that was very taking. I hope I captured some of that feeling in these photos. Also there were the local residents, one of which greeted us, which you don’t often get a glimpse of. I was reminded of a maxim by Eli Siegel from his book “Damned Welcome“, that encouraged me as I looked about. “If anything can please you, don’t narrow the field.”






A Winter’s Tale—Warwick, NY 2014

Posted in Aesthetic Realism, Art, Beauty, Landscape, New York, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2014 by maine1nyc


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While most of us are tired of dealing with snow and look forward to warmer days, it’s good to be reminded that winter also has a special kind of beauty to be found at no other time of year. On my recent visit to Warwick, NY I discovered dramatic and vivid scenes everywhere I looked. Warwick is beautiful anytime of year with its rich “Black Dirt” that produces some of the best farm products in the country, as well as being known for its horses. But today the snow took center stage with a magical kind of light that only winter has.


When I returned home and began to process the photo directly above taken at the Warwick Valley Winery, I was struck by how much I was affected by it.  So much so that I brought it to a monthly workshop for visual artists that I look forward to and have a great time in:  The Critical Inquiry, taught at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation by painter and consultant, Dorothy Koppelman.

In this workshop artists are encouraged to look critically at their own work and those of fellow-artists, using as our basis this ground-breaking principle stated by Eli Siegel in 1955: “All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.”

In a discussion about my photo, Mrs. Koppelman commented on the juxtapostion of the two dark bottles on the right and the translucent bottle on the left, and said: “There is mystery here, a story of things being hidden and shown, a relation of proud transparency and snuggling hiddenness is something you’re dealing with.” And she asked: I imagine you’re like other people in having these opposites in yourself?”

“Yes, they are!”   I was thrilled seeing that the dramatic opposites of hidden and shown, which, as photographer I was trying to give form to in this still life, are the same opposites that as a person, I hope to do a better job with.  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the meaning of winter, photography and oneself.


To see more images of Warwick Winter visit my web site.
To learn more about Aesthetic Realism visit their website.

Sunrise & Snow—NYC 2014

Posted in Beauty, Landscape, New York, Photography with tags , , , , , , , on January 23, 2014 by maine1nyc


First the City was graced with deep rich color from the sunrise. Then—just over an hour later…color and visibility vanished with the oncoming snow.



Heat Wave!

Posted in Dogs, Landscape, New York, Parks with tags , , , , on July 8, 2013 by maine1nyc

How some New Yorkers beat the heat.

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Next to the last NYC Snowfall 2013

Posted in Art, Beauty, Landscape, New York, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2013 by maine1nyc

Some last fun photos of a tough winter with a hopefully picturesque spring.










Ayuh, Halloween

Posted in Landscape, Lighthouse, Maine, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2012 by maine1nyc

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