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Garland Farm and The Cultural Landscape Foundation 2012 Landslides

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By , October 8, 2012 9:21 pm

This summer I spent time photographing an MDI garden that you may not know,  Garland Farm. Many garden lovers visit Asticou Azalea Garden, Thuya Garden and Lodge, and the Asticou Terraces and Landing, on Mount Desert Island. But few may realize that many of the plantings for these gardens came from Beatrix Farrand’s garden at Reef Point and that the plantings and other details at her last residence and garden at Garland Farm are in the process of being saved, restored, and are now open to the public. This summer I had the pleasure of learning more as I photographed the garden and house for The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

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Last week The Cultural Landscape Foundation announced  the 2012 Landslide®Landscape and PatronageLandslide, is the annual thematic compendium of threatened and at-risk landscapes, which in 2012 focuses on visionary patrons and organizations and the sites they helped create. This year Garland Farm was part of that list. The goal is to celebrate the accomplishments and inspire new generations of patrons and philanthropists.

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There are wonderful stories and histories to be discovered at Garland Farm. As the last home designed for an aging Beatrix Farrand, she designed the garden as a garden she could enjoy for the view from her room. In a day before assisted living was available, as she downsized,  she created a home for herself  surrounded by things she loved most, especially her garden.

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You can learn more about The Cultural Landscape Foundation and the 2012 Landslide at

http://tclf.org/annual-spotlight/landslide-2012-landscape-and-patronage

and

http://tclf.org/sites/default/files/microsites/landscape-patronage/garland-farm.html

Learn more about Beatrix Farrand and Garland Farm at

http://www.beatrixfarrandsociety.org

I have many more images from both the house and gardens to be posted in the near future.


20 year anniversary

By , March 13, 2012 6:39 pm

The 2012 Bar Harbor Guidebook just came out and I realized that it has been 20 years since I began working with the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce. I am so happy that they chose one of my images to grace the cover on this special year!

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In 1991 I was already a professional photographer working in an advertising studio but my personal work was primarily focused on Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. Realizing that I had begun to produce a large body of work,  I contacted the design firm, M & M Graphics, who produced the Chamber of Commerce book. M Louise Shaw, owner and designer, told me they usually took their own pictures but she’d be happy to show some of mine to the chamber too. She did and the chamber members chose one of mine for the 1992 cover. That began my relationship with M&M Graphics and the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce. A few years later when Louise went on to open her own gallery http://www.malouegallery.com I began working directly with the chamber.

I have worked with many wonderful people there, starting with Risteen Masters and now with Chris Fogg, Executive Director.  I also work closely with the design firms too, to provide photos that meet their needs.

I am constantly shooting new images on MDI, and no matter how much I have shot I always dedicate one week every year to shooting specifically with the Chamber of Commerce in mind. I am aware of new store fronts, and new park improvements, that need to be photographed. On that week I am up and shooting in Bar Harbor  before sunrise every morning and keep shooting into the evening every night. This allows me to provide new and up to date images every year.

Now I am realizing images that, started as personal work, and then found a commercial purpose, are actually beginning to be a documentary account of Bar Harbor at the turn of the century. Here is one series

2 lobster signs frame the businesses on Main St. 1995

2 lobster signs frame the businesses on Main St. 1995

Duffy's lobster sign is replaced by a fisherman approx... 2000

Duffy's lobster sign is replaced by a fisherman. approx... 2000

and suddenly a moose appeared,  2009

...and then a moose appeared.... 2009

And of course, if you’ve been in Bar Harbor recently you know the Quarterdeck is gone and  it’s time for a new photo as soon as the construction at the corner is complete.

You can download a copy of the 2012 Harbor Chamber of Commerce Guide Book here http://www.virtualonlinepubs.com/publication/?i=98482

Glacial Erratics

By , November 1, 2010 12:11 am

While looking through my work recently  I realized that photos of Glacial Erratics were scattered through my work just as they are scattered through out the landscape of Maine. And this year I had shot 2 of them!  First is the iconic “Balance Rock” symbol for the Bar Harbor Shore Path and the Balance Rock Inn.

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Of course the most famous Rock is Bubble Rock which sits on top of South Bubble and looks poised to topple down the mountain at Any time.

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And lastly, one of the big rocks on Cadillac Mountain,

Hodges-1008-0576-D2I don’t think this one has a name. If anyone knows that it does please let me know! Glacial erratics are boulders carried 20 miles or more by the glaciers and left in valleys and on mountain tops. To learn more about the geology of Acadia go to http://www.discover-acadia.com/support-files/written-in-the-rocks.pdf

It’s interesting to see these images together. After putting these images together it occurred to me that this month’s “Where in Maine” in  Downeast Magazine is also one of my rock photos. But it’s not in Acadia. Check it out. Do you know where it is and what is it’s name?


The Heart of Acadia

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By , September 13, 2010 9:12 pm

Hodges-DownEast0810The Carriage Roads are one of my favorite parts of Acadia. One day after it had been raining I walked to Cobblestone Bridge, one of my favorite places, and made a series of images. The timing was just right…soft light and flowing water made for successful conditions for  capturing the essence of the area. I am so happy Down East magazine choose to feature one of those images and a few of my other images for their recent article. I have been documenting the Carriage Roads for many years and have photographed every bridge. You can see more of those bridges on my site at this link http://www.sueannehodges.com/roads

Forest Light

By , July 28, 2010 11:34 pm

treesfolio-110My new work this year attempts to capture light in the forest. It is not about details but about atmosphere, about the glow seen through the trees, and about the color awash with light. The old saying “you can’t see the forest for the trees” was proven true when I began this series and found the details overpowered the scene. Reducing those details with an in camera blur at the end of the exposure gave me the limited detail I desired, and allowed the light to be the subject. All images from this series are inspired by, and shot in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island.

In The Islander, Robert Levin wrote; “Ms. Hodges’ “Birches in the Field” reduces the landscape to a gossamer field of green, white and yellow vertical lines. The magical representation is fascinating. We see just enough to know what we are viewing, but having never seen it like this before we see anew, eyes fresh with wonder.”

To read more of the article click here

This work and some pieces from the  “Boatscapes” series and  the “Island Light” series are on view at 

Redfield Artisans Gallery,

125 Maine St. Northeast Harbor, Mount Desert Island, Maine

Thursday, July 29 4:30-6:30 is “Meet the Artist Night” please drop in and say hi!

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New Work at Redfield’s

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By , June 10, 2010 11:09 pm

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New Work is now on view at Redfield Artisans Gallery in Northeast Harbor, Maine. It’s a fabulous gallery and an honor to be in the company of such great artists!

2010 Guidebook is out!

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By , March 17, 2010 10:43 am

I am proud to have my work featured again in the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce 2010 Guidebook.

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The Bar Harbor visitors guide can be downloaded here or you can visit www.barharborinfo.com and request the printed version.

The cover image is of Cobblestone Bridge, one of the many bridges in the Carriage Road system in Acadia National Park. Forty-five miles of rustic carriage roads, the gift of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. and family, weave around the mountains and valleys of Acadia National Park and on some private land still owned by the Rockefellers but open to the public. The system includes 17 stone bridges. But this is the only bridge made of cobblestones. It is truely amazing! This image is taken early in the summer right after we had some rain so everything is fresh. Here are some more images from that day.

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Hodges-Acadia-08-8749I have photographed all of the 17 bridges and many of the Carriage Roads. I hope to have a section on my website dedicated to the carriage roads soon. Until then, you can see more images of them scattered throughout my site and you can learn more about them on the Acadia National Park site,  here.

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