Several months ago, I was driving to Albany via Interstate 787, when I passed by the little clearing between Exits 7 and 6. It was a quick glance to my right, as it always is when I pass this spot on the highway. A little stream, with a scary nightmare tree along its shore.
On this day, I pulled over, got out of the car, and with my Rolleiflex Automat MX in hand – its chassis packed with a roll of color infrared film – I grabbed this shot.
There was something about this picture – something ethereal, something mystical – that mix of magenta and turquoise and aqua – that I eventually added it to my short pile for Competition Season 2018. And, as an added kick, I tried a new-to-me method for presenting the picture – I sent the digital image to a company in California, Artbeat Studios, and a few weeks later I received the print on a shimmering aluminum substrate.
I entered Infrared Horizon 787 in various events during Competition Season 2018, and it eventually picked up a second place silk in the “Image Artistry” category at the Durham Fair last month.
Now, this picture has the opportunity to help out a fellow artist. And I’m pleased that it has this chance.
On Wednesday, November 7, the Albany Institute of History and Art will feature a show, Work of Art, celebrating the legacy of artist Michael Oatman, with a silent auction showcasing the works of Capital Region artists. In fact, you can see snippets of one of his more prominent works, The Birds, in the advertisement for the show.
“Join us in the galleries for Work of Art, a contemporary art auction to benefit local artists and the Albany Institute. Bid on this silent auction to add art to your home or find the perfect gift. This year, join us as we recognize Michael Oatman for all of his remarkable accomplishments as a champion of contemporary art in the Capital Region … help us honor Michael Oatman on an evening to celebrate art in the Capital Region.”
And among the various paintings, sculptures, photos and other amazing artworks.
Will be this piece.
There it is. Infrared Horizon 787, all printed and ready for show.
I am extremely honored and proud to have this piece appear in the gallery event, and I do hope it finds a new home with an appreciative new owner.
I know that for years and years in this blog, I’ve dabbled in and out of ideas with infrared photography – heck, Aerochrome Falls and Farrell both picked up silks at Altamont, while Parabola and The Backstretch wowed the crowds at the Saratoga Trask event…
But as far as I’m concerned, this is huge. This is “next step in Chuck’s artistic endeavors” huge.
So I hope you’ll pardon me if I’m getting all gushy about this.
Yeah, it’s like the parent in the auditorium as his kid sits at the piano for his recital. “That’s my kid,” you say, nudging the parent in the next seat over. And you don’t care if the kid plays Rachmaninoff or Chopsticks. As far as you’re concerned, the kid did great.
Infrared Horizon 787 did great. And now we’ll see how it does in a few weeks.
Yeah. This feels good.