The gift of photography is that you can see the world for the first time – leaves, light, eggs, potholders, pin cushions. I'm in love with Maria's pin cushion, but you have to catch it at precisely the right moment, when the sun hits directly on the side of the cushion. Five minutes before or after, and you've missed it. At the right moment, it ceases being a pin cushion and becomes something else, a story, a world, an idea. The artist's challenge is to take the stories, light and colors of the world and help people make sense of them. There is a lot in this pin cushion, many messages, creations, experiences. When you see the light hit this way, it seems the pin cushion could talk.
Two notes. At 1 p.m., Saturday, November 28, the dogs and I will be at Gardenworks to talk about and sell the new ASA (Agricultural Stewardship Association) Calendar, crammed with photos by Corinna Aldrich and me, and available for looking and purchasing online. I will also be talking about my next book, the novel "Rose In A Storm," my children's books and anything else people want to ask me about. I will sign books, and calendars, and Gardenworks (1 518 854-3250) will sell its usual assortment of fresh muffins and pies, gourmet cheeses and produce, gifts and crafts, cider and chili, Thanksgiving provisions and Christmas gifts. Come on by, 1-3 p.m.
On January 9, the Redux Art Gallery in Dorset Vt. will kick off a month long-show of my photography, "Portraits of My Life," portraits of different parts of my life – dogs, farmscapes, chickens, county fair, cows. I will be on hand, along with some dogs, to talk about the portraits and what they have meant to my life. All of the photographs will be sold, and we are working to sell some under $200.