Where are your most cherished places? Discuss.
Seth Harper Goodwin's work, Landscape and Nature, is currently on exhibition at DHMC. There are fourteen acrylic prints that range from close-to-home (Norwich and Sharon VT) to the American West/Southwest (Utah, Arizona), with Empire, Michigan in between. In addition to spanning the geographic continuum, Goodwin sees this group of photos as pinging between mountains and water.
Most of the photographs are in color, although as with some of Goodwin's previous work, one pair is in black and white, seductive in their contrasts and the shadows of aspens on snow.
Wasatch Aspens 2, Snowbird, Utah. "Skiing and winter have always been an obsession of mine," says Goodwin
Goodwin's maples and ferns and birches are more familiar to those of us who live here. Fallen leaves, so quintessentially New England, are featured in at least two of the photographs. In Woods Road, you can smell autumn; you feel as if you could shuffle into the image and hear the soft crunch underfoot.
Woods Road, Norwich VT. Goodwin says of photographing a familiar place, ". . .photography is all about patience and seeing."
Those images from farther away bring the life forms of the Organ Pipe National Monument of Arizona (below) and the sea grape tree of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands (featured above). The photos in this show invite comparisons of the blues of skies across geographies. Other desert images are more subdued in tone.
Organ Pipe National Monument, Arizona is one of the hottest, wettest, and most botanically diverse deserts in North America.
Seth Harper Goodwin is a former Upper Valley school teacher, who now lives in Norwich VT and makes his living as a full-time photographer. His work of a different kind--a photographic essay of the former Soviet Union--was shown recently at the Norwich Public Library and the Russo Gallery of the Dickey Center at Dartmouth College, and was reviewed here. Of this current exhibition, Goodwin says that "these photographs were taken in some of my most cherished places. Each location has a story of importance in my life."
While the viewer may not be able to coax the details of Goodwin's own stories from each photo, the exhibition may cause you to ponder your own "cherished places." Mine would include the beach at Ogunquit, ME, a particular hotel and the Place Saint Sulpice in Paris, and while neither landscape nor nature, the old leather sofa, scratched by beloved cats now gone, in front of our fireplace at home.
Landscape and Nature is located in the gallery on Level 4 of the Williamson Translational Research Building at DHMC, and will run until late March. 25% of proceeds from any sales will benefit the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Arts Program. Goodwin can be contacted through his website at www.sethharpergoodwin.com
Use of photographs are authorized by the artist for this publication. Any other use, copying, reproduction is not allowed without permission of Mr. Goodwin.
Susan B. Apel, writer, ArtfulEdge