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More New York photos
New York Ciy is a facinating place, full of contradictions, elegant but also full of cheesy souvenir shops. The shops are full of pens. statues and bobble heads. I love all of it. If you take a long walk you find all kinds of things to photograph, I look up and down and all around.The side streets in Midtown can have tons of great subjects. I would like to visit Chelsea next time.

See my show at the Dedham Square Artist Guild
See my show at the Dedham Guild in Dedham Square. "Two days in New York" Recently I made a trip to New York and had a wonderful time walking the streets of midtown Manhatten and the Highline. The Highline is a wonderful park and always a favorite of mine. More soon

Winter photographing at the Eleanor Bradley Estate
The winter has been not so bad but can be icy at times here in New England. I decided to make a trip over to the Bradley Estate on a wintery day. Not very successful, the conditions not very good for photographing but I managed to spot some gems. I concentrated on the trees and found some beauty. Winter can be hard to photograph but worth the effort

A studio visit and Norwood Space Center
Curio MarketLast Saturday we made a visit to the Norwood Space Center, it is tucked away on Morse Street and was old factory buildings In Norwood. The buildings are being made into creative spaces. My friends Dennis Stein and Gillian Jackson have a shared studio in this space.We toured a few spaces and ran into my friends Scott and Walter from the Switch gallery. That was a nice surprise.I brought along my Tokina macro lens and took a few pics at the Curio Market. The Market has vintage items, New artwork, and other goods. It was fun visiting with all the artists.We ended our visit with Percival Brewing company and really enjoyed their beers and the funky space. The brewery also has some interesting art on their walls and is like a gallery as well.Dennis Stein StudioPercivalCurio MarketCurio Market

New projects and Art Opening Next week
A little horsey fun with one of my toys. We had a bit of snow the other day. Bad weather to drive in but just right for taking some of my toys out for photographing in the snow. You have to be able to have fun even in bad weatherThis photo (below) will be on display at the Eleanor Bradley Estate in Canton in  February. It will be photos from a fall photo meet-up at the Estate. I just love this place and I feel I really belong here. The gardens are my favorite and the farm animalsI am thinking about doing a new project soon. I love the Village Cemetery in Dedham, It is full of historic graves and just some wacky graves as well, too. I love the history and look of this place.The cemetery is in need of repair and the Dedham Village Preservation are hoping to raise money for The cemetery's  repair and making it safer for people to visit this historic space. The grounds of the old cemetery have deteriorated over the years and need some love. It is still worth a tripJoin us for the Opening Reception for LightSee new artworks on Display at this Dedham Guild showJoin us this Thursday, February 3rd at the Dedham Community Theatre, In Dedham Square6-7:30 pmI will have two photos on this show. Come by and see them(I also designed the "Light" Logo)_________________Love is in the Air!I have been doing a few toy photos with my phone for the Valentine's Holiday. I am having them printed by Shutterfly and will have them in the Dedham Guild soon. I love my little Lightcase for these photos. Our kitties seem to like it too, much too my chagrin

Opening Reception, and some of my holiday gifts
Join us for the Opening Reception for LightThursday, February 3rd at the Dedham Community Theatre 6-7: 30 pmIlluminate or cast light onto an object as Caravaggio did in his 6th-century oil paintings; explore moonlight, lamplight, daylight through the camera lens; enlighten the viewer with a new approach to a subject.Are you an Eastern Massachusetts ArtistThere is still time to enter! enter hereI have to say it was hard to choose a photo or two for this show. So much in life is about light and especially in photographyI just loved this Christmas gift from Marietta Apollonio. I received so many great gifts and many artful gifts. This one is part of Marietta's 100-day illustration project. It is "the good" Clint Eastwood's character in the Good, Bad and the Ugly Movie. A favorite film of mine and I do own it.Just love the premise and the music!I also received many toys for my photography projects. One of the super cute gifts was from my husband was this cute Narwhal. This little guy just makes me smile! Stay tuned for new toy photography!

Happening 2018
We have had some weather in the Boston area, snowstorms and freezing cold temperatures. I have gone into organizing mode and thinking about doing a few projects. Stay TunedThis is one of the photos I will have on display at the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Februaryalong with my friend's Gretje Ferguson and John Shiraga's photography work. They will be framed this week. Last fall we had a photo meet up at the estate. I am hoping to take a few winter photos soon_____________________________________________________My newphew, Brody got these super heroes Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots: Batman v. Superman Edition for Christmas. It was fun to play with them and brought me back to my childhood days. Although I just remember the Robot ones. I haven't thought of them in so long. I think these are really good for stress relief!_____________________________________________________I am trying to take more time to see my what is around me. This little guy was at Petco and just staring at me. Very cute! When I was a kid I had a parakeet and I was the only one he didn't bite. I enjoying watching birds, they have such funny mannerisms

Fall is special Places, Dedham Square
I took a little wander around the Dedham Community House looking for fall pics. This was earlier in the fall so not a huge color change yet but still pretty. Also, who can resist pumpkinsI was asked to photograph an event at the non-profit. They have an annual fall fair every year. They lucked out and the weather was good and the kids had a great time. I like photographing events like these.Monday Design Tip: Check out these Free fontsor these fun little guys

Fall in Special Places series, Hale Reservation
I like to visit a great spot in Westwood and Dover, Hale Reservation. The Westwood Land Trust had a call to artists to create an artwork or photograph that was nature inspired in Westwood, MA. I choose to take a drive out to Hale Reservation. Even though it is late in the year for fall photos there was a lot to capture. I decided to go with the fall nature details and not overall landscapes. I used my Tokina Macro Lens and I love the results. It is a great lens to get close to your subjectsThe Hale Reservation is a private nonprofit that welcomes public visitors. The show "Capturing Nature" is up at the Westwood Library in November. I submitted two photos. One of them is at the very bottom of these sets of photos. There are some really nice pieces in the ShowThis exhibit is sponsored by Westwood Land Trust, Westwood Schools, and the Westwood Library. A reception was held on October 26 from 3pm-7pm.

Fall in Special Places series, Bradley Estate in Canton
Fall visit to the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton, MA. Love this estate any time of year. We organized a photo meet up here last week. We plan on doing a photos how at the Estate in January. This is the Trustees of the Reservation property and worth the visit. stay tuned on that event.What is your favorite season to photograph? and why?

More of this wonderful church Sagrada Familia
Such amazing place, On my last visit I took photos of this Church. I truly believe these photos capture this Church much better. Sometimes, you don;t know if you will get back to a place you love. I am very lucky indeed

Sagrada Familia
"Antoni Gaudí, one of the most famous figures of Catalan culture and world architecture, spent over 40 years designing the Temple of the Sagrada Familia."This is one of the most amazing churches I have ever visited. We have visited this church twice on separate trips and I still marvel over the design and grandeur. The church is still under construction on the outside and hopefully will be done in 2026. The church can be crowded but that doesn't take away from this wonderful space. Get timed tickets ahead of time. it will make it much more enjoyable. More soon...

A bit more in the world of Dali
As promised more photos of the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Spain. The Museum was built in 1974. The museum houses Dali's work from 1905 - 1989From the Website:The embryo of the Theatre-Museum project started at the beginning of the 'sixties. Ramon Guardiola, mayor of Figueres at the time, asked Salvador Dalí to donate a work for the Museu de l'Empordà. Dalí's reply came quickly: he would donate to Figueres not just a single work, but an entire museum:"Where, if not in my own town, should the most extravagant and solid of my work endure, where if not here? The Municipal Theatre, or what remained of it, struck me as very appropriate, and for three reasons: first, because I am an eminently theatrical painter; second, because the theatre stands right opposite the church where I was baptised; and third, because it was precisely in the hall of the vestibule of the theatre where I hosted my first exhibition."

A trip to Figueres and a bit of Dali
We took a train trip to Figueres, Spain from Barcelona to go to the Salvador Dali Museum. Figueres is the birthplace of Salvador Dali and home to the Dali Museum, one of the most-visited Spanish museums.We decided to walk from then train, We wanted a snack and we had a bit of time. I would recommend taking the bus or a cab from the train station to the center of the city. The walk was through some areas that were a bit bedraggled. Although, for me that is good for photographing!I do recommend the Museum!  Dalí Theatre-Museum. It is an easy train ride from Barcelona and is a fascinating place. All the art and just the design of the museum will delight you. I did order tickets early online and I would try to see when an off time is. Very big crowds.Dali was a prolific and inventive artist. He created many sulptures as well as paintings. There are a few artworks that work like moving sculptures. They cost a euro to make them run and are worth parting with a euroA few more photos soon

Doors and Windows, our facination
II think it is funny that many photographers including my self-are fascinated with windows and doors. Remember all those "Doors of posters"? These are taken in Spain. I took these pics on a trip in August. Maybe it the reflections, the balconies, the shutters, not sure why I tend to photograph windows and doors.What is your favorite thing to photograph?If you are in the Dedham Area, please visit the Dedham Guild's show "Windows and Doors" show at Dedham Community theatre in Dedham Square. Make a day of it

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