Interview, Part 1

kodak1I had the good fortune to grow up in a very artistic family, surrounded by art and literature.   Painters and photographers and artistic people were fixtures at my parent’s cocktail parties. I was one of those young kids you see running around art openings in New York, Provincetown and Wellfleet while their parents schmooze.  And, of course, they made sure that I learned how to look at a piece and talk about it intelligently. It was not enough to say I liked or disliked it but to explain why.

There were always cameras in the house.  I think my first was one of those Kodak Instamatic things with the cartridges.  In the beginning, I wasn’t concerned with ‘taking pictures’ – it was more about liking the feel of the camera in my hand. As a little boy, I enjoyed the winding up and ‘click’ of the shutter, plus the little flashcube that you stuck on top. When I began to shoot, I suppose it allowed me to step back and think about the world as a ‘subject’ of sorts.  So I took pictures of friends, summer camp … whatever I came across.

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Upcoming show in Troy, New York

I recently submitted 20 images for a juried show at the Digital Artist’s Space in Troy, New York.   The jury chose 7.    I am very happy,  for this small collection of documentary portraits highlights a dedicated group here in Ancramdale called  ‘Ancramdale Neighbors Helping Neighbors.’  They collect food and clothing for the needy and engage in other worthwhile area causes.   My inspiration was a quote by President Obama.   He said,

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the one’s we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

Think globally…Act locally.

JDCM

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Moving along…

I’ll be adding links and posts as the days turn to weeks, etc…This will also be a conduit to my photography site, travels through the Balkan Peninsula, the former Yugoslavia and elsewhere.  Photography, travel, and images from outside the bubble, as Harry Shearer would say.  Nothing too personal here, just business.

Ta for now,

JDCM

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