Joanne Mason Photography

Lakeside in Lavender

(2019/3/19 Originally posted) The 102nd annual Greenwich [CT] Art Society juried show is underway in the Bendheim Gallery at 299 Greenwich Ave in Greenwich. I have a work in the show, “Lakeside in Lavender.” Shot at MacDowell Lake in Peterborough NH, “Lakeside in Lavender” is an image in the Visions of Nature collection. The show continues to April 4, 2019. If you’re in the northeast, don’t miss it; there’s a lot of very fine art.

Greenwich has a rich history in art. The Cos Cob area of Greenwich was, during the 19th Century, the home of numerous artists that created the tradition of American landscape painting. The group has become known as the Cos Cob School. The Greenwich Art Society was founded from the Cos Cob School over a century ago. The current juried show is the 102nd.

(Originally posted 2018/11/5)

I have just published the Visions of Nature book, the culmination of a multi-year project. See the Books page. I am very proud of this work. In these images, I have been exploring the concept of “defamilarization,” according to which art strives to render the familiar as unfamiliar in order to inspire fresh perspectives, new ways of seeing the colors, shapes, and patterns of familiar objects. The book includes an introductory essay on the inspirations behind the series, including leading Twentieth Century figures and schools of art, including Viktor Schklovsky, who originated the idea of “defamiliarization;” Abstract Expressionism; and the artists Vassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Jackson Pollock.

 Visions of Nature is a large format book (13 x 11 inches) with more than fifty digitally processed photographs revealing nature in stunning colors and provocative visions. Large format landscape 13 x 11 inches. More than 50 original photographs, 78 pages, with an Introduction. It’s available in multiple editions, including a “Special Edition” printed in the highest quality on 140# art paper. An ebook formatted for Kindle or Apple and a PDF version are also available. Visit the book page at Blurb or the Special Edition

(First posted 2018/8/7) These are two of my most favorite images of recent years. They have also apparently been popular. These were shot on an August visit to Westport Massachusetts. Westport is the southwesternmost part of that piece of southeastern Massachusetts that leads to Cape Cod and lies east of Rhode Island. It’s a strongly coastal environment. The colors in the image are intense but I hope not overdone. The original was fairly bland. I did nothing to edit color. All the post-capture work involved adjustments mainly to exposure, contrast, and saturation. Lightroom’s new dehazing tool was employed significantly in each of these. I think they capture the essence of a lazy, hazy warm summer morning in the coastal lowland.

(Originally posted 2018/8/6) Another image from our stop at Buttonwood Gardens, which I hope will lift your spirits!

(Originally posted 2018/7/23) This image originated on a recent trip to Newport. It was shot in Buttonwood Park. The finished image belongs to the Visions of Nature series, in which images from nature are digitally processed. While some of the images in that series are very abstract, this one isn’t too far from the unprocessed original image. It’s a striking vision of the riotous explosion of color to be seen in nature in summer.

(Originally posted 2018/5/19) Visions of Nature (gallery here) explores digitally manipulated nature images in order to reveal unseen layers of a deeper reality thereby generating a fresh and different appreciation of the colors, patterns, and textures of nature. Art can render the familiar unfamiliar in order to achieve a vision perhaps not immediately apparent with the native eye. These impressionistic images begin as conventional photographs then digitally manipulated while retaining recognizable organic elements of the living world. A book is also in process. NOTE: Now published. See here.

(Originally posted 2018/1/12) Often we think we need to find subjects that are unusual, striking, dramatic. And such subjects do make interesting photographs. But I often find nature dramatic just as it is. Nature appeals to me even in the most mundane scenes, such as a stand of beach grass, or moss growing on the branches of a tree. These recent images were shot during a visit to Westport, in southwestern coastal Massachusetts.

Grand (Re)Opening

(Originally posted 2017/12/22) This was the first blog post from the “new” site. Here’s some history: (1) The old blog was “Random Sights.” While keeping that going, an increasing amount of my work when to a site at Zenfolio. (2) The site at Zenfolio was closed, and a new site at Format (joannemasonphotography.com) was started. This has become my main website, including this blog. (3) Now I am opening a new site at WordPress.com for the blog, with blog posts from the Format site moved over. Note that www.joannemasonphotography.com remains my main website. joannemasonphotography.wordpress.com is the blogsite. The old Random Sights archives are still available here.

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