The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

John Greens’ Nature Photography at Arcadia Nature Center


John Greens’ Nature Photography
June 5th to June 31st, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 7th from 5pm to 7pm

Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Sunday seasonally
Gallery Information: The gallery is located in the Nature Center.
127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA 01027

Patience, diligence, and intimate knowledge of my subject matter are the keys to capturing nature on film, which is the only medium I employ. Often I photograph a subject over several years before I am satisfied.

Natural light is my tool—I do not artificially light the subject –and I never add anything to a scene to improve it. As a naturalist, I use photography as an interpretive tool – a means of increasing environmental awareness among our citizenry. I take care to photograph my subjects as I see them, skillfully using light at appropriate times to achieve my goals.
I think attitude has a lot to do with one’s photographic results. Granted, proper equipment and techniques play a major role. But if one takes a picture just to show one’s prowess with a camera, as opposed to feeling something for the subject while recording it on film, the results are born out in the final product.

I prefer to photograph smaller organisms on their own level. I make a practice of thanking my subject, be it moose, spider, or tree, for allowing me a photographic opportunity because I am displeased with man’s domineering attitude towards earth’s other inhabitants.

Before departing a subject, I observe the area quietly to appreciate the opportunity I have just experienced.

Natural beauty surrounds us, whether in the most prestigious national park or our own back yard. Being mindful of this has afforded me many photographic opportunities.

Opening Reception
Wednesday, June 7th from 5pm to 7pm

Gallery Information: The gallery is located in the Nature Center.
Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Sunday seasonally

Contact Information
413-584-3009
arcadia@massaudubon.org

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