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Things Are Looking Down: The Show

The title could well be a comment on the current state of American and international affairs, but — accurate though it may be — is in this case the title of my first solo photography show at an actual art gallery.  I first posted about it here almost exactly a year ago (on January 19, 2019 to be exact) shortly after I was offered the show, and now it has come to pass.

Readers of this blog come from over a dozen countries; realistically, only readers local to me (near Annapolis, Maryland) might visit the exhibit, so I am hereby saving you enormous expense and inconvenience by posting the photos here.

The title of the show comes from the fact that it comprises entirely drone photos, a medium I’ve gotten heavily into over the past two years and which now heavily influences my travel photography. You’ve seen quite a few of these already in previous blog posts. So here I am with my ego on full display:

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…and here is a panorama of part of the gallery, shortly after we finished hanging the photos. (You can see some debris on the left, plus a glimpse through the doorway of more photos hanging out in the hallway.) At the right hand edge of the panorama you can see a blue video screen; it plays a continuous 8-minute loop of short video clips from some of my drone flights.

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And here is a 4 1/2-minute video walkthrough of the show itself:

There are 29 images in all, all printed on metal (aluminum with a semi-gloss finish): 10 from the local area, 8 from Hawaii, and 11 from Iceland. And here they are, in convenient scroll-able form:

Hawaii

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Big Island: “End of the World” near Kona

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Big Island kayakers

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A raft of kayaks

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Upolu Point windmill, northernmost point of the Big Island

Waipio Pano

Waipi’o Valley, Big Island

Kealakekua Pano

Kealakekua Bay Marine Reserve and Captain Cook Memorial, Big Island

Hapuna Beach Pano

Hapuna Beach on the Kona coast of the Big Island

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Hanauma Bay, most popular snorkeling spot on Oahu, not far from Honolulu

Iceland

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Unusual clear skies on the northeast part of the Ring Road

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Nearby snowcapped hills in September

Blue River Iceland

A river blue with suspended silica. This photo won an Honorable Mention in the Washington Post 2019 Travel Photography Contest

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Same river, looking downstream towards the Arctic Ocean

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Same river, looking upstream and catching the glint form the sun

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Fjords at low tide at Borgarnes

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Highway crossing the Borgarnes fjord

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The Hverfjall cinder cone, nearly 400 m (1300′) high

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“Pseudocraters”, actually huge popped lava bubbles, at Lake Myvatn

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Face and tongue of icemelt of the Vatnajokull Glacier

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A lonely road in eastern Iceland

Annapolis and Environs

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Downtown Annapolis, looking west. The complex on the right is the US Naval Academy.

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Downtown Annapolis, looking east towards the Chesapeake Bay

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One of the many marinas in or near downtown Annapolis

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Snowy farm near sunset, about 5 km from home

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Snowy farmhouse

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Snow-covered field, with a little Impressionism applied

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Beverly Triton Beach, on the Chesapeake Bay

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An ice-clogged estuary at Kent Narrows, at the northern end of the Chesapeake

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More ice at Kent Narrows

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Southern end of Kent Island near the northern end of the Chesapeake, an area called “Hollicut’s Snooze” for some odd historical reason having nothing to do with taking a nap

That’s the entire show, in digital form. Our next outing will be a tornado-chasing expedition will be to the Texas-Oklahoma border in mid-May. Our hope is to find a twister and get close enough for some exciting photography while remaining far enough away to avoid too much excitement. If we’re successful you’ll see the results here.

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Strumming

There are a number of places on Earth that you can identify solely from a traditional musical instrument: bagpipes, didgeridoo, shamisen, banjo . Hawaii is on the list, and the instrument is of course the ukulele.

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The name translates literally as “jumping flea”, though no one is completely sure why. One theory is that it simply refers to the way a player’s fingers jump around on the frets. Another is that refers to an individual, Englishman Edward William Purvis, an officer under Hawaiian King David Kalakaua in the 1880’s, who was an expert in the instrument but was said to be rather flea-like himself, i.e. small in stature and rather twitchy. Take your pick. In either case, it’s known to be a fairly recent instrument, developed in the 1880’s by hybridizing a few Portuguese stringed instruments brought to the islands by immigrants, brought from Madeira and the Azores to work in the sugar cane fields.

If you’re in the market for a uke in the Kona area, or are just looking for lessons or a dollop of local lore, your go-to place is the Holualoa Ukulele Gallery, which is something of a local institution, occupying a former post office dating from the early 20th century. Holualoa itself is a pleasantly seedy hillside village reminiscent of what an Old West town might look like if the sheriff’s office and saloons were replaced by art galleries.  There are quite a few of the latter, some of very high quality. There is a lot of beautiful art to be found there, much of it created with local woods, e.g. koa and Cook pine. You can count some of the ukuleles among these.

The owner of the gallery is Sam Rosen, himself something of a local institution.

Sam is a ukulele maker, the term for which is a luthier. (Though a lute is a very old instrument, the word luthier itself dates from about 1850 and technically refers to any maker of stringed instruments.) Sam is full of history, a genial raconteur of such gentle persuasion that Alice has felt forced to warn me that she will not tolerate my taking ukulele lessons. Well, boo.

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Things Are Looking Down

This being a travel blog and all, almost all of my posts are location-specific. This one is a little different. Those of you who have been following the blog for a while know that in the past year I have been enlivening my posts, especially those from Hawaii and Iceland, with my now one-year-old toy, a Mavic Pro drone with a very nice 12 megapixel stabilized onboard camera. This wonderful piece of technology has not only afforded me some beautiful photos but also led to me teaching a course in drone photography at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (MHCA) here in our hometown of Annapolis. And now I am excited to report that it has led to my having my very first solo gallery exhibition, late this year at MHCA. The show will be exclusively featuring my drone photos, probably about 20 large prints.

So the purpose of this post is to sublimate my excitement by telling all of my followers about this (499 of you as of this writing…. one more and I get raptured to Blogger Heaven), and to give you a preview of the images that I will be exhibiting. I haven’t decided on the final set yet; the show is scheduled for September, though it may slip into early 2020 for complicated reasons that I won’t bore you with. But it will almost certainly include this set (below), many of which have appeared previously in my blog posts. For convenience I have embedded them as a slide show so you don’t have to do any scrolling or clicking.

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Our next actual travel destination will be our annual return to the Big Island of Hawaii for the whole month of February. So stay tuned!

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