"Half close your eyelids, loosen your hair, And dream about the great and their pride; They have spoken against you everywhere, But weigh this song with the great and their pride; I made it out of a mouthful of air, Their children's children shall say they have lied."
“Playing it safe”
Risks are never the safe option, but the safe option is the worst option. The riskiest life I can think of is letting yourself to be molded into this comfortable, same-as-everybody-else routine. For me, that is risking my whole life.
From the Superman Building series, (a photographic journey into the abandoned historic Superman Building, Providence, RI)
This photo was taken deep in the bowels of the iconic building in the abandoned vaults of the Bank of America.
“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn”
"Lula stopped, but she said, "You ain't got no business bringin' white chillun here—they got their church, we got our'n. It is our church, ain't it, Miss Cal?"
… When I looked down the pathway again, Lula was gone. In her place was a solid mass of colored people.
One of them stepped from the crowd. It was Zeebo, the garbage collector. "Mister Jem," he said, "we're mighty glad to have you all here. Don't pay no 'tention to Lula, she's contentious because Reverend Sykes threatened to church her. She's a troublemaker from way back, got fancy ideas an' haughty ways—we're mighty glad to have you all." (12.48-52)
~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.”
" I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing."
We all get get by with a little help from our friends and this photo shoot with Providence's notable band "Heather Rose in Clover" was no exception. Photographer Gene Chambers assists the band members in forming a star while I am perched up on a high boulder at Purgatory Chasm in Massachusetts.
"As an artist, how do you consider your work to be important or beneficial, and to have a connection with the viewer? How does their interaction with your art become a tangible asset in their consciousness; something they can take away and “own”, either physically through purchase, or by the impression it imprints on their mind. Will they remember it after they’ve left its presence?"
~Kelley Stelling Contemporary Projects
31 x 31”
“Irony . . ."
"Outside the Box"
Castleton University Bank Gallery
104 Merchants Row
March 30-May 5, 2019
Opening Reception: April 5, 5-7pm
"Featured are fine art painter Mathew Peake's Pastel Overlooks, his The RoFrame Overlooks, and his newest work, Outside The Box, Peake’s sculptural photography collaboration with noted Boston photographer David Lee Black."
Model Lola Sugarbottom takes a break from our session at Galatea Fine Art Gallery to reach into "Passage",
26 x 22”
Limited edition 1/10
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“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
(From the "Standing Tall" dance performance choreographed by Heather Seabury Brown at AS220 Black Box Theater).
Dancers are Caroline Kory, Whitney Cover and Caitlyn Klinger.