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'Winter Winds, Block Island', currently on exhibit at the
Providence Center for Photographic Arts

Season's greetings and thank you for your continued support of classes, travel photography workshops and fine art exhibitions. 2017 featured fabulous photography experiences in Cuba, Vietnam, Provincetown, Washington's Olympic Peninsula and  Scotland. Photographs from these adventures can be viewed at www.cindywilsonphoto.com
The 2018 Profundo Journeys photography tour in Cuba is barely three weeks away! Fourteen days of exploring the backroads of the country, engaging with people, and experiencing this incredibly unique culture await our group of ten photographers and photo enthusiasts. 
The 2018 photography tours and workshops are featured in this email below. The Balkans, Provincetown and Vietnam are great destinations for making one of a kind photographs  and sharing experiences with like minded friends.
Upon my return, the www.profundojourneys.com site will be transitioned to a blog format. Images, stories and lessons related to photography will be featured here on a weekly basis.
Information about upcoming travel photography workshops, classes and exhibitions will be available on my website, www.cindywilsonphoto.com

 

Commuting by Buggy, Gibara Cuba, 2017

Night Reflections on the Danube, Belgrade, Serbia


Serbia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Montenegro & Dubrovnik

May 3 - 16, 2018

For photographers and lovers of culture alike!

I am excited to offer this 14 day odyssey to the Balkan Peninsula, with an itinerary aimed to please the traveling photographer and world citizen! This is a great opportunity explore a part of the world that is rich in culture, history, and natural beauty, while learning to make stunning travel images.
Destinations include the Serbian capital city of Belgrade (our starting point), world class national parks, UNESCO sites, small countryside villages (with visits to Bosnia on the River Drina), and fabulous Dubrovnik, Croatia.
There is so much to see, learn and experience in this area! What could be better...travel and photography, great food and the camaraderie of new friends.
Dates: May 3 (depart from Boston, USA) - 16, 2018
Tuition: $5995
Itinerary and  tour details available here:
To Register contact Cindy at cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com

 

Number Nine, Ballston Beach, Truro, MA

Provincetown, Finding the Light

June 12-15, 2018 

Join David Pinkham & Cindy Wilson for four immersive days in Provincetown, Cape Cod. We will explore the town; it's street life and architecture by day and night, it's beaches, ponds and waterways with dawn to dusk light, learning new techniques and ways of seeing....with a few breaks in between!
Dates: June 12-15, 2018
Tuition: $875
Information and itinerary are available here

To register, please contact:
Cindy Wilson: cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com
David Pinkham: dspink4@gmail.com

Photo by Yang- Vuong Lien Duong

Vietnam: the Far North

September 21- October 5, 2018

The far north of Vietnam is home to awe inspiring, forbidding mountains, lush green hills and valleys; ribbons of terraced rice following the contours of gentle hills, ethnic minorities in authentic villages. Travel with Cindy Wilson and Yang Vuong-Lien-Duong of Indochina Charm Travel to the remote northern reaches of Vietnam. This photography workshop will feature incredible natural landscape photography opportunities; the golden terraced rice fields at the time of harvest, vast misty expanses of fertile valleys, and cultivated rows of tea plantations. We will visit villages of the highland peoples, witnessing and photographing their daily lives. At the end of the day, there will be the sharing of images and discussion about our experiences. 
Dates: September 21-October 5, 2018
Tuition: $3495
Maximum group size: 8 Minimum: 4
A deposit of $1000 secures your seat on this immersive experience to the far north of Vietnam. 
Contact Cindy for details 

 

Neist Point Lighthouse, Isle of Skye


Scotland: the Highlands, Skye and the Hebrides

September 9-19, 2019

 

Cindy Wilson and David Pinkham are in the planning phase of a  2019 photography workshop in the Highlands, Hebrides and Edinburgh, Scotland. Details will be forthcoming!


Exhibitions


Providence Center for Photographic Arts 

Second Member's Exhibition 


December 7 - January 12, 2018
Opening reception December 7, 2017
5 - 9 PM

 


19 on Paper at Wickford Art Association

January 14-February 4, 2018
Opening reception January 14, 1-3 PM


Upcoming Classes


Foundations of Digital Photography

Wickford Art Association
Wednesdays, January 24, 31 & February 7, 14, 21, 2018
4-6 PM


 

Introduction to Photoshop Elements
South County Art Association
March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 2018
4-6 PM

Private lessons!
For the photo enthusiast in your family...a great holiday idea.

Contact Cindy 

 
My mailing address is:
20 Stonegate Drive, North Kingstown, RI

Studio address:
650 Ten Rod Rd North Kingstown RI

www.cindywilsonphoto.com

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A Unique Opportunity to Travel to Cuba, January 2018 http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/12/excited-about-my-cuba-trip-in-january-2018 Boxing Practice in the Square, GibaraShadow Boxing, Gibara

As I sit contemplating the waning days of summer, my thoughts turn to Cuban travel this winter, and how much I am looking forward to the Profundo Journeys January 2018 trip. This will be my sixth opportunity to explore this enigmatic, fascinating and warm culture. In the first journey, 2013, I wanted to capture 'Cuba before it changed'. Subsequent journeys began to reveal a deeper layer of understanding, in addition to the mystery lurking around every doorway and arched courtyard entrance, there arose the paradox of the society and culture. I think about what draws me back; photography for sure...Cuba is visually rich and layered, from the decaying colonial architecture to the robust activity in the narrow streets. The story is in the details, the way materials are repurposed for survival, the large former private homes subdivided into smaller apartments with low ceilings and maze like configurations, with vestiges of ornate marble staircases bearing evidence of the grandeur of the past.

In an Arched Courtyard, HavanaIn an Arched Courtyard, Havana

From a photographers point of view, the light is tropical and intense, creating shadows, textures and geometric patterns. Vibrant pastel colors change from building to building and sometimes apartment to apartment. There is a sense of timelessness, but beyond these walls are the interiors. it is not out of the ordinary to be invited you into a home, even to be offered a cup of Cuban coffee, made like espresso on a single burner stove. It is sharing of intimate space that makes this culture so endearing, given the political disagreements between our governments. Cubans love Americans and are so inquisitive about our lives. Even with a language barrier, communication is possible along with smiles and hugs.

Birdcage, CienfuegosBirdcage, Cienfuegos

As tourism increases to Cuba, the 'real' Cuba becomes difficult to access.This change is evident in the new economy; more restaurants, private B & B's, , and empty palaces being converted into private hotels. Far from the narrow congestion of the cities, there are country roads leading to smaller villages where people live their lives traditionally, and an authenticity exists to the culture. These are the places that are inscribed in my heart; small fishing towns, towns existing as crossroads for the old sugar economy and small county seats of colonial architecture & cobblestones, where horse and buggies are more populous than cars. We travel here too, life is slower, quiet and more simple, the antithesis of the cities. Tourism has not reached these places; the traveler has stepped back in time.

If you are looking for a trip to Cuba, here is why you would want to consider the January Profundo Journeys trip.DeThere are no other tours that cover the breadth and diversity of this country. Destinations like the Isle of Pines, where the Castros were imprisoned after their trial in 1956; Gibara, a sleepy fishing village except for one week a year when it hosts the international Cine Pobre, and Remedios, unremarkable except for the two beautiful churches on its main plaza...these more remote towns are way off the well beaten path of tourism. But, what trip to Cuba would be complete without Havana, with her four historic plazas, Malecon and beautifully preserved architecture...we return here, too. 

We have a wonderful professional, full time Cuban guide. When we first met Eliseo, he thought working with photographers was like 'herding cats'. In the years since, he is like a member of our family. He is extremely knowledgeable, has a wonderful sense of humor, and is a warm and caring individual. To a person, we all concur that he is a part of what has made Cuba special for us.

For those interested in making photographs that capture the experience, I am there as your teacher, mentor and cheerleader. my experience in Cuba is always lifted by watching the joy of my fellow travelers.

I want to share the Cuba I have discovered with photographers and curious travelers alike. As the tenuous nature of US travel restrictions evolve, it will become increasingly difficult for Americans to travel there legally. 

 

 

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November 2017 Cindy Wilson Photography Newsletter http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/12/november-2017-cindy-wilson-photography-newsletter
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A big thanks to all of you for your continuing support of my artwork, travel photography tours, workshops and local classes here in southern Rhode Island. I have enjoyed working with you and look forward to many more opportunities in the future. Keep checking www.cindywilsonphoto.com for new images, upcoming workshops, photography classes and events!

From a recent exploration in Scotland for a future photography workshop; photo taken by David Pinkham
 


Travel on a Photography tour to:

Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro and Dubrovnik, Croatia

 

May 3 - 16, 2018

Registration is now open!


I am excited to offer this 14 day odyssey to the Balkan Peninsula, with an itinerary aimed to please the traveling photographer and world citizen! This is a great opportunity explore a part of the world that is rich in culture, history and natural beauty, while learning to make stunning travel images.
Destinations include the Serbian capital city of Belgrade (our starting point), world class national parks, UNESCO sites, small countryside villages (with visits to Bosnia on the River Drina), and fabulous Dubrovnik, Croatia.
There is so much to see, learn and experience in this area! What could be better...travel and photography, great food and the camaraderie of new friends.
Dates: May 3 (depart from Boston, USA) - 16, 2018
Tuition: $5995
Itinerary and  tour details available here:
To Register contact Cindy at cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com

 


Provincetown: Finding the Light

June 2018

Join David Pinkham & Cindy Wilson for four immersive days in Provincetown, Cape Cod. We will explore the town; it's street life and architecture by day and night, it's beaches, ponds and waterways with dawn to dusk light, learning new techniques and ways of seeing....with a few breaks in between!
Dates: June 12-15, 2018
Tuition: $875
Information and itinerary are available here

To register, please contact:
Cindy Wilson: cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com
David Pinkham: dspink4@gmail.com


Vietnam: the Far North

September 21- October 5, 2018


 


The far north of Vietnam is home to awe inspiring, forbidding mountains, lush green hills and valleys; ribbons of terraced rice following the contours of gentle hills, ethnic minorities in authentic villages. Travel with Cindy Wilson and Yang Vuong-Lien-Duong of Indochina Charm Travel to the remote northern reaches of Vietnam. This photography workshop will feature incredible natural landscape photography opportunities; the golden terraced rice fields at the time of harvest, vast misty expanses of fertile valleys, and cultivated rows of tea plantations. We will visit villages of the highland peoples, witnessing and photographing their daily lives. At the end of the day, there will be the sharing of images and discussion about our experiences. 
Dates: September 21-October 5, 2018
Tuition: $3495
Maximum group size: 8 Minimum: 4
A deposit of $1000 secures your seat on this immersive experience to the far north of Vietnam. 
Contact Cindy for details 

 

Jesus Scrolls was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Warwick Center of Fine Arts' 31st Annual Rhode Island Open. The image was originally shown as part of the Vanishing Industrial Heritage of the Blackstone River Valley, a two year project I worked on with David S. Pinkham, debuting at the Dryden Gallery in Providence.


I am looking forward to the January Profundo Journeys photography tour in Cuba! Although registration has officially closed...I have been assured that everything that can possibly be done will be done to add people to this trip. Please let me know if you are interested.
 

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cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com
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20 Stonegate Drive
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Early Morning at the Hoi An Fish Market

Long before the brake of dawn, fisherman are returning to Hoi An after a night of fishing. As the sun rises, they offload their catch at the Hoi An open air fish market. To arrive now is to see the height of the activity; sorting, rinsing and weighing of fish, bartering and selling between bites of pho, strapping the day's purchases to the back of a motor scooter for private resale or to restaurants. For the photographer, there is so much to take in, it is hard to know where to focus...there is so much color, so many gestures, patterns of round bowls and hats and different varieties of freshly caught seafood. One must be careful not to step in deep puddles  but avoiding the shell or fish parts underfoot is impossible. Being pushed out of the way by someone with their eye on a sale is not a rude action...this is their daily life, we are outsiders.

It is all over in an hour. By this time the heat and humidity of the day have risen and the soft light is now harsh. It is time to wash the fish market off of your shoes, and grab some richly deserved breakfast!

 

 

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An Adventure to a Hidden Lagoon, Hue' http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/4/an-adventure-to-a-hidden-lagoon-hue

An Amazing Visit to Tam Giang Lagoon

Amazing is the only way to describe our adventure to a part of Vietnam few outsiders ever see...near to Hue, a hidden fishing village of stilted houses, bamboo pilings and slender longboats. Three thousand families make this village of Dam Chum their home. Families no longer live in the houses on stilts; many now lay abandoned or are used as storage. To see this from shore was nothing we could have ever imagined; to accompany a fisherman on his boat tending his nets was an experience we will never forget. Mr Loc and his family have fished this little quadrant for over 100 years. With our catch of crabs, prawn and fish safely aboard, we headed to a restaurant on stilts, with bamboo decking. Our 'snack' consisted of our fresh catch and other local seafood delicacies.

We attracted a lot of attention as we walked through the village on our way to the boat. Kids calling 'hello' presented us with high fives and flowers. Our wonder never ceases as we are treated with such hospitality and generosity. And, the photography opportunities are never ending.

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A View from my Window on Halong Bay

Literally. Every time I looked it was a new variation of limestone karst formation, with caves, vegetation and geometric textures in the stone. For three days, we cruised aboard the Dragon Legend, called a 'junk', but in reality was a small cruise ship. We explored both Halong and Bai Tu Long Bays, (about a four hour drive south of Hanoi), UNESCO protected areas containing over 3,000 of these islands. Navigating past one towering karst opened up the world of infinite more stretching out to the horizon, and swallowed up the place we had come from. Vietnamese legend says a dragon dropped 3000 pearls from his mouth to create this fairy tale wonder of the world as protection against foreign invaders. Only locals could know the way through these waters...We were not confined to the ship, however. We enjoyed photographing from the decks, but also had opportunities to go ashore on to small islands for swimming, a cave visit and barbecue on the beach. There was exploration on smaller boats to floating fishing villages. The Bay is closed to group kayaking, but our cruise company was granted an exception; to paddle closely and to look up the sheer vertical facing, hear the birds and gentle water movement is surely  an experience not to be forgotten. 

 

 

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A Bicycle Ride through the Paddies

What better way to slow down and really experience the landscape than to leisurely  ride a bicycle! Such was our adventure today, from the landing at the Tay Phong pagoda, through lush green fields of rice, with scattered scarecrows and tombs of long passed ancestors, along gravel covered roads lined with wildflowers. We passed through small dusty villages with low brick laterite buildings, complete with chickens and school children on their way home for lunch, yelling "hello". We rode through farms, villages gates; past wells and 700 year old banyan trees. We shared the road with other travelers on motor scooters, trucks and other bike riders before turning onto a quiet dirt lane above the rice paddies. Here we could stop by the side of the road and absorb the vast exotic stretches of rice, corn, sugar cane and even peanut plantings. As we continued our ride, we saw and smelled duck farms for the production of eggs. Ducks do not incubate their eggs; chickens do that for them... and only lay them at night. So during the day, they are loose in the fields and in shallow ponds.

We continued riding on a dike between more paddies and a canal, finally emerging back in the village we started from. What a great experience, and we got to do it all over again after a delicious lunch in a private home owned by the same Vietnamese family for five generations. The home was in the UNESCO village of Duong Lam, home of an ancient entry gate, fishbone alleyways and countless dead ends. We also were guests of a tea house where we enjoyed a nice hot cup as a gentle ran began to fall. What an absolutely wonderful day in the life of our Profundo Journeys Vietnam photography workshop! 

 

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The Quang Ba Flower Market http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/4/the-quang-ba-flower-market

Morning at the Quang Ba Flower Market

Flowers are such an essential part of Vietnamese life. They are used for ancestor worship, decoration of shrines and celebrations (April seems to feature many graduation ceremonies). Flowers are grown in gardens up to 20 miles outside of the city, cut the night before the wholesale markets and transported by motor scooter into Hanoi. The April season features Easter lilies, and with our 5:30 departure from the hotel, we were able to see the Market in full swing with roses, lilies and flowers of all colors, fresh and fragrant. Once at the Market, the flowers are bought by vendors, tied to bicycles and motor scooters, and brought into shops, curbside stands and sold to the public for a tidy profit. This photo shows one such vendor, cargo safely strapped to the scooter, on her way to resell. It is absolutely amazing how many flowers can be piled onto such a small means of transportation. And they do this seven days a week, 52 weeks a year.

Our hardy group of photographers forewent coffee to pan and otherwise capture the activity and feel of this marketplace. Thanks to Susan Brown Black for this image as yours truly has lost her iPhone and all the pictures on it. Don't despair...I will look totally tourist using my iPad for the rest of our workshop!

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Small Business on the Streets of Hanoi

Walking along the narrow, congested streets of Hanoi, one finds simple ways of commerce. In this photo, a local locksmith has set up his wares on a street corner, waiting patiently off camera for the next customer. His tools include a clamp and files, and many blank keys, all ready for a quick sale and departure at the end of the day.

In this non touristed area of the city, the blocks are seemingly grouped by like-merchants. There were series of stores selling plastic chairs, artificial flowers, lamps, bicycles and helmets. It seems like every available building frontage had one commercial purpose or another...cafes, seamstresses and many generations of residents are their proprietors. Add to this the incessant beeping of motor scooter horns, the sidewalks crowded with motorcycles and broken pavement, the smells of various cooking and you have all the ingredients to fill five senses.

 

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An Afternoon Exploring Hanoi's French Quarter http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/4/an-afternoon-exploring-hanois-french-quarter

 

An Afternoon in Hanoi's French Quarter

Profundo Journeys Vietnam 2017

Having arrived in Hanoi after many hours of air travel, sleep was definitely out of the question. We set out from our hotel to find Hanoi's French Quarter, home to many small shops, bird's nests of electric wires, street food vendors, and a cacaphony of sounds from motorcycles to canned music. To cross the street, one measures the traffic, and walks/wades through weaving motor scooters, taxis, bicycles and buses. To get away from this confusion, we took the first alley, and it was here that the French Quarter became more about the daily life of it's inhabitants and less about survival. in the quieter streets, it is so much easier to slow down and observe details, like this kettle on an equally rustic source of heat. I was drawn to the texture and diagonal play of light on the wall...even the stenciled lettering observed the slope of the shadow. And who was the proprietor of this outdoor cafe? The Quarter is full of little mysteries and touches of humanity like this. It was a great icebreaker to get a first taste of the city before the real itinerary of our photography workshop begins.

 

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A Visit to the Hoh Rain Forest http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/3/a-visit-to-the-hoh-rain-forest Trees, Hoh Rain ForestTrees, Hoh Rain Forest

A Visit to the Hoh Rain Forest

The Olympic National Park has much in the way of nature's  diversity. One can stroll wide driftwood strewn beaches, climb mountains, explore small towns frozen in time, and wander through moss covered trees so tightly packed together that daylight has difficulty shining through. Such was my experience in March; along the the half hour approach off the main highway to the Hoh Rain Forest. The road was lined with dense growth forest. The tall pines covered with hanging moss gave way to open meadow vistas of snow covered mountains. As we approached the Visitor's Center, the road followed along the Hoh River, with tho Olympic Mountains looming off in the distance, shrouded in fog. At any point, one could park the car on the side of the road and set up for amazing photographs. Inside the forest, there are a number of trails that one can follow, of varying lengths and degrees of ease. Here moss and plants grow upon each other weaving a fabric of thick vegetation. Due to time constraints, we chose to walk only the Mini-trail, with the sound of running water and the wind in the trees. There are other paths for longer hikes, lasting from one hour to overnight, that go deeper into the forest.

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The Hoh Rainforest receives 10-12 feet of rain a year, as evidenced by the hanging moss in the trees, and the carpet of green velvet on the floor of the forest. There is the possibility of seeing elk, eagles and other wildlife in the dense, lush forest. The Hoh is one of two rain forests we will visit on our Profundo Journeys Photography Workshop in September 2017. The second is the Quinault Rainforest, which also hosts a number of waterfalls, perfect for photography. In March, the air is chilled and damp, but in September the prevailing weather is dry and with infinite blue skies. Still, I found the mist and overcast conditions to give a mysterious and ethereal feel to the environment, which is a way of looking at the glass half full in the typical winter weather of the Olympic National Park.

 

The full itinerary for the September's photography workshop is available at www.profundojourneys.com

 

Moss Filled Trees, Hoh Rain ForestMoss Filled Trees, Hoh Rain Forest

 

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cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com (Cindy Wilson Photography) Hoh Olympic National Park photography rainforest workshop http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/3/a-visit-to-the-hoh-rain-forest Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:16:27 GMT
A Scouting Trip to the Olympic Peninsula, Washington http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/3/a-scouting-trip-to-the-olympic-peninsula-washington Sea Stacks at Ruby Beach

A Scouting Trip to the Olympic Peninsula, Washington

Profundo Journeys Photography Workshop to be held

September 7-17, 2017

Part One

For six months, I have been relying on the superb planning work by John and Rita Abromowski, transplanted New Englanders now residing in Kingston Washington. John and I had worked at Color Lab in Providence together back in the early 1990's. I saw him at a 47/6 meeting of local Providence photographers two years ago, and he said if I ever wanted to teach a workshop in the Olympic National Park, he would be delighted to help with the planning. There it began. 

It is hard to describe with enthusiasm places one has never experienced. It was time for me to see the places John had selected. Last week, Capt. John and I traveled to coastal Washington. We covered over 800 miles in the two full days of my visit! The workshop itinerary is varied, from coastal fishing villages and small towns to mountains, rain forests and wilderness coastal beaches.  Being a scouting trip, we spent very little time in very many places. There was not time for 'serious, contemplative' photography (however, this is what the workshop will be all about!), only an overview, and back in the car.

The image above is from the destination that made a lasting impression on me, Ruby Beach, in the land of the Quileute Tribe. The weather in March typically is rain, mist and chill; we were not disappointed. But the atmospheric nature of the light led to mood of drama and the power of nature, as the surf pounded the beach. In the season of the workshop, the weather is predictably favorable with blue skies and fair winds.The tall mounds are known as sea stacks; the largest at low tide can be walked around! Note the few people walking on the beach for purposes of scale. Fellow travelers left the only traces permissible in the National Park...cairns.

Driftwood, Ruby Beach, WashingtonDriftwood, Ruby Beach, Washington Rock Cairns, Ruby BeachRock Cairns, Ruby Beach

After seeing the Olympic Peninsula with my own eyes, I am so impressed and inspired by her beauty. In the workshop, ample time will be given at each stop, so that the images can be carefully considered in the process of immersion. There is variety of subjects and genres, from street photography in Seattle to the small town flavor of Port Townsend, to the drop dead gorgeous landscapes of the National Park.  Lessons appropriate to each location will be given, as well as nightly critique and discussion of the places and events of the day.

The workshop will take place September 7-17, 2017. A full itinerary is available at www.profundojourneys.com

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cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com (Cindy Wilson Photography) Olympic Peninsula beaches landscape ocean photography photography workshop ports seascape http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2017/3/a-scouting-trip-to-the-olympic-peninsula-washington Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:02:08 GMT
Lupines and the White Mountain National Forest Photography Workshop http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2016/6/lupines-and-the-white-mountain-national-forest-photography-workshop The recently completed Lupine and the White Mountain National Forest photography workshop was an excellent opportunity to be flexible in our expectations. For a week before the workshop began, the forecast in North Woodstock was for four straight days of rain. I'm sure that these conditions would challenge even the most experienced photographer.

Day one proved the worst...sideways rain and wind. Fortunately, I had a backup plan; we were able to gain access to a local seasonal chapel, and with cameras on tripods, captured interior photos of the wainscoted walls and sheet-covered pews. The photograph with the most impact was of the aisle leading to the altar, complete with Tiffany stained glass window. The group then found other less apparent subjects; the draping of sheet coverings, the supportive arches of the ceiling, a hanging robe and other contemplative details.

                                                                                                                                                                                         

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We woke on the second day to leftover showers and clouds. The grounds of the complex we stayed in had beautiful but quiet photo possibilities. There was an opportunity to walk in a contemplative unhurried manner before breakfast. This proved to be very fruitful.

                                                   

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The heavy rain of the previous day gave the waterfalls at the Basin and Sabbaday Falls more energy and volume. It also provided us the opportunity to experiment with creative shutter speed to affect different emotions in our photographs. The time passed very quickly as we were all completely absorbed in our work. Later that evening  in our sharing of work, we found it amazing to have eight people photographing the same subject matter, yet come away with such different images.

                                                                        

                                                                                  

                                                                         

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We spent much of the third day photographing the Lupines in Sugar Hill. After a hearty breakfast at Polly's Pancake Parlor, we visited three different fields of the purple, pink, and an occasional white lupine, in fields of yellow mustard flowers. The technical theme of the day was creative use of aperture and depth of field. We used macro lenses for close up work, telephoto lenses to isolate individual flowers and wide angle lenses to capture the colorful fields set against the Presidential Range mountains. Once again, each student created their own unique way of seeing. As we reviewed work that evening, there was mutual respect and support of each other's way of seeing. 

                                            

                                                   

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It was a very immersive four days of learning new technical concepts, practice in the field and editing photographs. On he last morning, all were encouraged to explore the grounds of the Deer Park Resort and be open to the surrounding beauty without expectations. I would like to everyone who joined me in the workshop and compliment them for their huge leaps in learning. I really enjoyed my role as workshop leader and teacher, and and know I will see each of them again!

                                                               

                                                                  

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In Anticipation of Prague and the Czech Republic http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2015/6/in-anticipation-of-prague-and-the-czech-republic

Prague and the Czech Republic

October 7 - 20, 2015

Profundo Journeys

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In October 2015, I will lead a group of photographers together with Eileen McCarney Muldoon, to the Czech Republic. This trip has been in the planning stages for almost two years; Eileen and I did our recon work in the fall of 2013, traveling around the country with a private driver and Michael Hansen of Prague Travel Advisors, selecting 'hub' areas from which we could explore in a slow paced, immersive fashion. Planning a trip of this breadth involves a lot of places we would like to have included, but didn't offer enough variety to hold the interest of a group. The resulting itinerary incorporates as little bus time as possible, with each stop offering many levels of interest and complimentary photography genres as possible; architectural, interiors, street, food, landscape and contemplative. Eileen and I offer as much or as little instruction as is necessary; often we can be found right next to you, photographing too. Our criteria for photography workshops is to run the kind of trip that we would like to go on ourselves.

_CHW0342 copy_CHW0342 copy Our itinerary begins in Prague, where, for four days, we will stay in a small, family run hotel in a quiet part of the city. We will have guided tours in the morning and afternoons to retrace our steps in a more contemplative fashion, from the top of the Hradcany castle area, to the winding passages of Josefov. Prague is as authentic a European city as there is to be found. It has open squares, fed by winding narrow lanes with hidden courtyards and tall spired churches. Getting lost in the maze of medieval streets is part of the fun. In the middle of the city is the Vltava River, spanned by no less that 9 bridges, the most famous of which is the Charles Bridge, dating back to the 13th century. To walk the bridge at dawn is a totally quiet and relaxing experience, and far different from the afternoon activity of buskers, hawkers and crowds. 

We leave Prague and travel west to Marianske Lazne, a Bohemian spa town near the German border with curative waters in glassed in pavilions, rich Baroque architecture with colonnades, forests for strolling and , a perfect respite to reflect upon our Prague experience. I was impressed with the authenticity of the architecture; massive elegant hotels constructed for the thousands who came to M.L. to be healed and take of the clean country air. 

 

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We travel further to Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO protected world heritage site, and a fairy tale place not to be missed. The town, situated in a bend of the Vltava River, features a 13th century castle of baroque, gothic and Renaissance elements. But it is the intimacy one experiences in the narrow streets of cafes, church yards and burgher houses with decorative facades. For two evenings and three days, we will be able to walk through these streets at will, early morning and by gaslight in the evenings makes for a very enchanted visit. Not to mention the infinite possibilities for taking photographs.

 

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After our three days in Cesky Krumlov, we move onto Mikulov, in the southern area of the province of Moravia. Famous for its white cliffs and wine growing, Mikulov with its long history features a castle/chateau high above the town, a cobblestoned historic square, quiet medieval streets with red tiled roof houses, with ornate spires and adornments. There is a small remnant of Jewish community, with a cemetery of forgotten headstones whose dates begin in 1605, mikvah (ritual bath) and a ceremonial burial building. 

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We return to Prague for the final leg of our trip. Visits of note include the town of Kutna Hora with its ossuary church (bone chandeliers) and the concentration camp of Terrazin. There will also be a 'shopping day' to revisit special places, capture that last dawn at the Charles Bridge and linger over a coffee or beer in a favorite cafe. During the course of our stay, we will have the opportunity to have two dinners in private homes, and to walk the streets with Czech photographers. This thirteen night fourteen day adventure is designed to be an immersive experience for photographers and travelers alike.

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cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com (Cindy Wilson Photography) Cesky Krumlov Czech Republic Marienske Lazne Mikulov Prague Profundo Journeys immersion photography workshop http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2015/6/in-anticipation-of-prague-and-the-czech-republic Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:01:19 GMT
The Wanderer Returns to Shannock http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2015/4/the-wanderer-returns-to-shannock Snow Dusted Mill, ShannockSnow Dusted Mill, Shannock

Let me introduce you to a very old friend. This is the George C Clarke/Columbia Narrows  Mill in Shannock Village, Richmond, RI. I began photographing this mill when I was first a photography student in 1977. In this days, I was not concerned with the technical approach to photographing; it was the sheer intrigue of exploring, finding something ‘hidden in the jungle’ that no one remembered or appreciated. Of course everyone knew about this place, but I was bringing it home to a new audience, my fellow students and friends.

Since the early days, much of the underlying drive in my work has been with that same love of discovery and documentation. With my most recent project, documenting the ruins of the Industrial Revolution along the Blackstone River in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, the rekindling of this subject matter has brought me back to Shannock.

So, on a recent Sunday morning, after an early spring dusting of snow, I went back to my familiar stomping grounds, but I had never seen it before with this beautiful light., and the added dimension of a fresh snowfall. During the entire ride along Route 2, I continually remarked about how beautiful a morning it was; the way the powdery snow rested on every vine, every limb, deep into the woods.

This image was one of the first made, just as the skies began to clear, and the breeze began to blow the dusting off the trees. This corner of the mill peeking over the brush speaks to me as a watchful sentinel still standing proud, but wary. From this angle, one cannot tell the roof is long fallen in, the panes of glass shattered, the building pretty much an empty shell. Although the property is now a deteriorated relic, it is a living entity to me. I often could not find the right words to describe my feeling when I first started photographing mills, using the adjective ‘heroic’ more than any other. In a sense, this is more accurate than not, since what this building represents is an era of prosperity. The town of Shannock came to be around the economic production of the mill. The Industrial Revolution and textile manufacturing, created this mill, and then left it fallow as manufacturing moved south. What is left is a reminder of what was once state of the art, not relegated to the forgotten. 

Enter me, the ‘millgroupie’, intrigued by what has been coined ‘Red Elephants’. On this particular March morning, the interior was coated in white, over the carefully placed contents, and the intruding natural vines and brush. Imagine, the vastness of this once vital space cropped down to a few square feet!In this fresh and clean light, subjects that in and of themselves lack anything spectacular reveal themselves. A window sill, coated in a dusting of snow and debris is tactile and overshadows the bright exterior. A haphazard array of bricks in a blocked out window takes in the air of a painted fresco, with vein like lines crisscrossing the patina of plaster. A collection of bottles backlit and translusent become instead a formation of frosted  circles. It seemed to me I'd never seen the mill with this clarity. Everywhere I looked, something came alive. If only all photo excursions were this fruitful! 

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I never know what gifts I will find in my old Richmond RI friend. This particular morning was a fine one in a long line of visits. Soon, the spring growth will fill in many of the abandoned spaces, and a new set of opportunities will present themselves for those listening…and seeing.

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cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com (Cindy Wilson Photography) Shannock abandoned archtecture industrial mills nostalgia photography relics http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2015/4/the-wanderer-returns-to-shannock Sat, 04 Apr 2015 18:00:42 GMT
Empty Facades http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2015/3/empty-facades As I edit and group my images by subject, I find themes are present in my work, which become visible through their repetition. In my current work, my subject is more often than not, architecture either industrial or urban. My interest is in visually archiving these structures, who at one time were vibrant and with purpose.

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I call this particular category “Empty Facades”. The first image, shot in Coxsackie, NY had the feeling of time passing this block of storefronts by. The town was once thriving, the site of a ferry crossing over the Hudson River.  Bridges were built up and down the river, and there was no longer need for ferry service. The lines in the building are still proud, even as the windows are boarded up, seemingly devoid of people.

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Other such facades began to appeal to me, urban scenes, in mill villages like Berkeley and Valley Falls, RI. The spaces were empty, boarded up retail spaces. Instead of looking in, I felt a presence in looking out at me, architectural souls that given a voice, could tell stories of the good ol' days of thriving commerce and human activity.

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At first, I was drawn to the elements of different sized rectangles, mostly on a single plane; these portals in space like empty souls. The empty facades suggest the presence of people; what were the ghosts that stared back from these spaces, the activities, and the purpose? Why were they left to neglect and obscurity? As I look deeper into the windows, there are still signs of humanity; the draped American flags and curtains hung as a means of privacy. Even as the glass reflects as a barrier, broken panes and fogged interior elements add to the sense of mystery.

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The brick facade below in Stockton, MD goes one step further, in that this is an actual ghost town, once a thriving commercial center, when the shellfishing industry was at its height. Now the shellfish are gone, as are the people. 

 

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Many such areas exist on backroads and in our backyards. They stand as witnesses and testaments to what once was, now  vestiges of simpler times. 

Look for new discoveries on my website cindywilsonphoto.com, under the Cindy Theme 'Empty Facades'.

 

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cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com (Cindy Wilson Photography) abandoned architecture empty facades' ghost town photography porches rectangles storefronts urban http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2015/3/empty-facades Sun, 08 Mar 2015 15:32:26 GMT
Stillness and Reflection http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2014/12/stillness-and-reflection Stillness  and Reflection

In doing a bit of image editing from this past October (it seems I’m forever catching up on reviewing photos), I discovered a couple of examples of my ongoing fascination with sunrise and reflection. The images are both taken from the parking lot we used to call ‘Ryan’s’ on different mornings during the same week.

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Every morning, it is a new world in Wickford harbor. Variations in the light, color cloud cover and water surface are different. The fog brings intrigue, and each year, the boats along the pilings change. My favorites are the still mornings, when the morning clouds reflect on the surface of the harbor.

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This fascination with stillness and reflection started with Channel Fog and Channel Sunrise, shot with a Mamiya 6, on Fuji Provia 120 slide film, back in the day. The symmetry creates the a pattern of perfectly repeating shapes, the tone and color of the sky tinting the water. On cool fall and warm spring dawns, mist rises on the surface; the low angle of the sun highlights the mist and create wonderful atmospheric color.

Channel Sunrise, Wickford, RIChannel Sunrise, Wickford, RIOn a placid early spring morning the sun burned through the fog creating a pink glow; a moment later, a boatload of fisherman sliced through the water.

I have taken this approach to image making into the rest of New England and in my world travels. ‘Mirrored Sunrise, Eastport , ME’, and ‘Silence is Golden, Queeche VT’, are two examples. Dramatic light at sunrise can be a precursor for deteriorating conditions throughout the day, as the cloud cover is the leading edge of a weather front. I never know what I am going to find setting out, but am rarely disappointed. Morning fog may initially obscure the sun, but then can burn off to a delightful sunny day.

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Stillness and ReflectionSilence is Golden, Queeche VTThe backlit lone tree reflecting on the surface of a pond amidst the ground fog is imbued with stillness and light.

There are similar light events at the time of sunset and the magic light that precedes it. One of my all-time favorites, ‘Reflections of New Harbor, Block Island’, was taken at the end of a stormy day, as the cloud cover separated from the western horizon, the sun acting like a warm spotlight on the eastern departing storm. The time right after sunset also has it’s own magic. The stillness and cloud cover of ‘Raw Bar Reflection, Cuttyhunk’ required the steadying support of a dock piling, to create the deep depth of field and low ISO.

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I feel an inner peace, serenity and sense of awe witnessing this natural calm. There is a magical connection going out before and after the light of day, with a camera, tripod and steaming mug of coffee. I feel I am an explorer, connecting to the glory of the light and reflection before me, knowing this particular show of beauty is there for the moment, never to be duplicated. 

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cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com (Cindy Wilson Photography) Block Island RI Cuttyhunk Mass Eastport Maine New Harbor Queeche VT' Wickford RI boats calm clouds color fog harbor mist reflection serenity stillness water http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2014/12/stillness-and-reflection Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:56:46 GMT
Arches as a Compositional and Symbolic Element in my Photographs http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2014/12/arches-as-a-compositional-and-symbolic-element-in-my-photographs I was fortunate this year to exhibit my photographs at the Krause Gallery in Providence. In selecting the images for the show, certain themes and consistencies began to take shape for me. One such element is the use of arches as a compositional and symbolic element.

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These images were taken on opposite sides of the world. The first image, the cobblestoned “Ancient Portal” is in Cesky Krumlov, in the Czech Republic. I traveled here in the fall of 2013, with Eileen McCarney Muldoon to research an upcoming Profundo Journeys travel photography workshop. In Cesky Krumlov, I found the authentic old world enchantment of a middle European castle town. The further I physically traveled into this town, the farther back in time I journeyed. When I found this arch, I was immediately drawn to it’s framing of the light and the textures and openings of the building beyond, my eye being drawn down the cobblestones to an unknown world. What lay behind the boarded up windows, the rounded gate, and that very intriguing little window under the eaves…? Stepping back, the intentional inclusion of the arch in the image creates depth and connects the present and past as a stepping into a continuance of time; from the closest layer of the modern day world into the past. I felt the passage of many souls on a journey through this portal throughout the ages, and now it was my turn, not to travel, but to acknowledge.

Interior Spaces, Fort AdamsInterior Spaces, Fort AdamsIn this revolutionary era fort, with brick walls and dirt floors, I found the presence of light to be as strong a subject as that which it was illuminating. The complimentary images are from Rhode Island’s own Fort Adams. They were taken in the summer of 2014 during a one day Profundo Journeys photography workshop in which we explored parts of the fort inaccessible without a guide. While instructing a student, my attention was drawn visually to the shapes framed under the arch; a ‘hidden world’ of doorways and windows and a source of light and texture beyond the frame. In this interior space, arches guide the eye to an area of brightness beyond. Because of the low level of light, and the desire for a deep depth of field, my tripod was an indispensable tool, and I had to wait for a student to finish with mine. The entire time, the awareness of the space grew. Just as in Cesky Krumlov, there is a sense of intrigue. Even though the space is bereft of people, a presence lingers. How many feet have trampled that sandy floor, to the source of the light? Again, I was compelled to acknowledge the journey through time and space by making these photographs. Symbolically, it my passage of self discovery I am looking at through the arches of photography. 

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This repeating element in design is a theme that has been imbedded in my work for quite some time. I have gone back through my archive of photographs taken through the ages, here in the US and away, and found more images of archways. I have created a subset on my webpage that features these compositions called arches and framing. Follow the link to the gallery here: http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/p415767051

Thanks very much for visiting and reading this blog post.  Writing this has been a valuable experience, and I hope you will join me again.

 

 

 

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cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com (Cindy Wilson Photography) CR" Cesky Fort Adams Krumlov Newport, RI arches authentic brick cobblestones forts history light photography portals http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2014/12/arches-as-a-compositional-and-symbolic-element-in-my-photographs Mon, 08 Dec 2014 19:55:24 GMT
West Bay Open Studios http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2014/10/west-bay-open-studios

 

The 6th Annual West Bay Open Studio Tour will be held October 25 & 26, 2014, from 11 - 5 PM. Meet the 20 artists in their studios located in Warwick, East Greenwich, North Kingstown, Exeter & Saunderstown, open for exhibitions of art, demonstrations, & lively discussion. See the artists at work in their creative spaces!

Please visit my studio, #14 on the map at 650 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown. I have been working to have the studio look as I envisioned her when I first took this space. Framed photographs and portfolio books await your perusal. I will offer printing and framing demonstration throughout the weekend.

For a map and information about the artists, please visit www.westbayopenstudios.com

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cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com (Cindy Wilson Photography) West Bay Open Studios exhibition fine art photography http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2014/10/west-bay-open-studios Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:27:15 GMT
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cindy@cindywilsonphoto.com (Cindy Wilson Photography) exhibition fine art photography http://www.cindywilsonphoto.com/blog/2014/10/october-2014-in-the-studio Tue, 14 Oct 2014 01:12:53 GMT