“Our Backyard” on Main Street

Lifted Bank, Stone Ridge, NY, 8/31/11

Untitled (Stone Ridge, NY, 8/31/11), from “Treefall” series

I’m excited to be part of a group show about the environment, “Our Backyard,” at Roos Arts in Rosendale, NY, co-curated by gallerist and artist Heige Kim and artist Tatana Kellner (who is also exhibiting) and honored that my image was chosen for the announcement.

I’m primarily  a portrait photographer but after Irene, I was drawn to photograph my wounded landscape in Stone Ridge.  Of course I’d seen tree trunks split, crowns and branches sheared off before, but the hurricane that rampaged west into New York state and Vermont, also caused different damage–the enormous rootballs of 75-foot white pines heaved intact out of the ground, standing more than seven feet high, and ample maples toppled sideways, pulling the stream bank with them–horrifyingly beautiful.   And as climate change accelerates, the question isn’t if we’ll see more storms like Irene (and Sandy) but when.

I have read that in areas with a high incidence of earthquakes, there is also a high incidence of anxiety, as givens–buildings are supposed to be perpendicular to the ground, which is supposed to be solid underfoot–are no longer reliable. Trees too are supposed to be perpendicular to the ground.

If you’re near Rosendale, please come to the opening on Saturday.  And if you’re not nearby, Rosendale is a great town (with everything, including lots of young transplants from Brooklyn), worth a special trip (to lift a phrase from the le guide Michelin).

“Our Backyard” at Roos Arts, 449 Main St., Rosendale, NY, opens on Saturday, July 13 and runs through August 17.

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2 Responses to “Our Backyard” on Main Street

  1. Babette says:

    At first look, I saw a beautiful portrait. Robin Holland always finds beauty or a special quality to bring out the very best in the people she shoots, and in turn, the connection she establishes makes her portraits / photography so special.

    The land appears lush and beautiful, but something unnatural has occurred, like the untimely passing of someone dear in this idyllic setting.

    I have looked at the photograph 100 times today, maybe more, ( and read above )and Robin has made photographed a loving tribute to her land, knowing continued occurrence would be a nightmare.

    Robin’s photos and her vision have always given me great hope. She never makes an unkind, chiding, or cruel photograph. I choose to believe in his vision. We are smart, we are not afraid and in any form, just as Robin, we will continue to press forward.

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