Category: Photography

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.

Boatscapes

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By , July 15, 2009 9:47 pm

Boatscape #2

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

Thinking Spring

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By , April 11, 2009 12:36 am

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

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 west over Eagle Lake from Cadillac Mountain

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

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Bar Harbor Maine

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By , March 19, 2009 4:27 am

Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce 2009 Guide Book

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.

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New show at David’s

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By , February 18, 2009 10:19 pm

 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.

 

Winter

By , January 31, 2009 12:48 pm
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The Somesville Bridge in Somesville Maine on Mt Desert Island

Last winter my schedule and the snowstorms coincided nicely. I got to spend lots of time out taking photos of Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park, and Bar Harbor Maine. It seemed to snow a little every night so each morning the landscape was fresh and white, and calling me outside to photograph more. This winter I have spent more time inside, at my computer,  and teaching, and in my studio. And among other things starting this blog. So, welcome! I plan to add content on a regular basis. I hope you’ll come back soon!

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