My 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.”
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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!
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!
Water has often been my subject, but recently my gaze shifted up a bit. In this new series the images are of the side of boats but I see them as landscapes and expect the viewer will make that connection. I think it is interesting that the light reflecting off of the water on to the boat gives the illusion of clouds. I am transported into these landscapes the minute I put the camera to my eye. A horizon appears, created by a stripe on the hull or perhaps by the water’s edge. It is actually quite disorienting to know I am standing very close to the edge of the dock looking at something very close yet what I am seeing in my camera is a vast, distant horizon. It’s a very odd feeling. I like the ambiguity between what the image represents and what it implies.
The work will be on display at Redfield Artisans Gallery, Northeast Harbor, Maine. Or see more at http://www.sueannehodges.com/boatscapes
The calendar says spring is here but I haven’t seen many signs until today. The daffodils are coming up, the lilac tree has buds, and I saw a few yellow petals peeking out of the forsythia today. So now I am thinking of spring. I can’t wait for it to be in full bloom!
Asticou Azalea Garden, Northeast Harbor, Maine photo ©Sue Anne Hodges
One of my favorite places in spring is Asticou Azalea Garden, in Northeast Harbor, Maine. It is generally at it’s peak the end of May or beginning of June. The spring green colors of Acadia are also amazing that time of year. They are almost as varied as the fall foliage. Tip: To fully enjoy the spring foliage make sure you bring the bug spray. It is too beautiful to let those pesky black flies keep you indoors! I am eagerly awaiting the burst of color and my first hike in the springtime air!
View to the west over Eagle Lake from Cadillac Mountain photo ©Sue Anne Hodges
To see more of spring on Mount Desert Island and Acadia go to http://www.sueannehodges.com/spring
The 2009 Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Guide Book is now available! My images have appeared in the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Guide book since 1992. Every year they do a wonderful job of providing great information for planning your vacation in Bar Harbor Maine and Acadia National Park. This year’s book is no exception, with lots of photography, maps, and information about lodging, restaurants, and activities. It will get you started thinking about summer now! You can view and download it on line by clicking here or contact them at www.barharborinfo.com to request a printed version.
February 18 – April 3
My work will be on display at David’s Tavern on Brown Square, Newburyport, Massachusetts. Located in the historic Garrison Inn, David’s offers an extensive menu, weekly entertainment, and raw bar. Check it out if you are in the area!
Thanks to John Raleigh at Raleigh Design for inviting me to exhibit.