Monday, December 3, 2012

The Longfellow Bridge and The Views From It


  


     The Longfellow Bridge connects Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood with the Kendal Square area of Cambridge, Massachusetts. This bridge is commonly known as the Salt and Pepper Bridge by the locals due to the shapes of its central towers. It was originally named The Cambridge Bridge but was renamed as the Longfellow Bridge in 1927 for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
     The Longfellow Bridge spans across the Charles River and is a combination railway and highway bridge. The two large central piers feature carved, ornamental stone towers that provide stairway access to pedestrian passageways beneath the bridge. I don't think I've ever passed over this bridge without seeing at least a handful of people walking and jogging no matter what the weather is out.





     I find the details on this bridge to be very interesting and beautiful even though it is currently in a state of disrepair. Maintenance of this bridge is in progress and will hopefully be done soon.
     The views from the bridge are incredible. You get views of Beacon Hill, the Massachusetts State House gold dome, the Back Bay skyline including the John Hancock Tower and the Prudential Tower, the Charles River, and the Community Boating house at the Charles River Esplanade.








      If you are ever in the area you should take a stroll over the Longfellow Bridge and enjoy the view. I think you will enjoy it.

Peace and Love,

Cathy














Wednesday, November 21, 2012

First People of This Land




       On Sunday, November 18, 2012 I went to the 22nd annual National Native American Heritage Day Pow-Wow which was held at Bridgewater State University. This was a regional celebration of tribes of the Wampanoag Nation and the Nipmuc Nation which are both from Massachusetts.

     This event included a day of drumming, singing and intertribal dancing. The dancers were dressed in hand made regalia and were stunningly beautiful as you can see in all of my photographs. The songs were accompanied by hand-crafted rattles and drums. There was also many vendors selling beautiful Native arts and crafts, clothes, books, jewelry, etc. Also available was traditional Native American food.

     Watching these beautiful and proud people celebrate in this way was an incredible experience not only for me but for my young niece and nephew who was also there. The drummers, singers and dancers were magnificent and so enjoyable to see and hear. I was honored to speak with many of the dancers and vendors.


     This event was sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness, Inc. and The U.S. Ethnic Studies and the Office of Institutional Diversity at Bridgewater State University.

     If you get a chance to go to a Pow-Wow I highly recommend going to learn more about the culture of the first people of this land. I know I can't wait to go to the next one.

Peace and Love,
Cathy
























Monday, October 8, 2012

Fall in New England


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There is no place in the United States that compares to New England in the fall. The air cools and the leaves on the trees turn from green to a variety of beautiful colors (depending on the tree).
I usually avoid New Hampshire and Maine during this season due to all the tourists that flock here to see the beautiful color of the trees. The traffic is usually at a crawl on all the scenic roads.
I was glad that this year was different. I had the opportunity to go up to the Fryeburg Fair in Maine with a couple of friends. And the best part was that we went mid-week when the traffic wasn’t bad.  We took the scenic route up and back stopping along the way to really take in the beautiful views and for me to take some photographs.
The weather going up to Maine could not have been more perfect. We couldn’t have wished for a better day. It was warm and the sun was shining bright. We weren’t as lucky with the weather the next day on our return trip. It poured most of the way home. However, it seemed that the weather God would give us a few minutes every now and then so we could get out and enjoy the view along the Kangamangus Highway in New Hampshire.
It was wonderful to get up to New Hampshire and Maine to enjoy the beauty that New England gives us after a hot and humid summer.
I am going to make this a yearly ritual from now on. It’s so beautiful in New Hampshire and Maine in the fall that I would be crazy to let a year go by without visiting a place that’s only a couple of hours from my home. Now I know that going during the week is the best time to go.
I hope you get a chance to see all that New England offers us in the fall.
Peace and Love,
Cathy

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tranquility Exhibit



"Tranquility - a state of peace and quiet" is the name of my next exhibit that will be on display at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Boston, MA. Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm. I will hang my work on October 3rd and it will be on display until the end of December, 2012. My exhibit will be hung in the Harbor Park Exhibition space. A person at the desk can direct you to this photography exhibit area.

When I was trying to decide on what theme I wanted for this exhibit I started getting stressed out thinking about the process that goes into this decision. A lot of decisions need to be made when you are to exhibit your work. The first thing I did was put all my framed photographs together in themes such as New England photographs, transportation photographs, flowers, etc. After looking through all of these I still wasn't excited about any of the themes. I've done a lot of exhibits and try not to repeat the same grouping of photographs. I then gathered up my work that were matted but unframed. I repeated the process of putting them in themes as I did with the framed photographs. I still wasn't excited. I then decided to go through my portfolio looking for photographs. These would be my last choice since I would have to matte and frame them with the same high quality matte, frame and backboard that the others were framed in. Professional matte and frames aren't bought from Michaels' or Christmas Tree Shop. All material including the ink that I sign my work with must and is acid free and considered "museum quality". This is a must for professional work and is one of the many ways you can tell the difference between professional and unprofessional work. Anyway.....


Wow, yes, I was getting stressed out trying to find a group of photographs that popped out at me. I felt a lot of pressure due to the fact that I exhibited at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse a year ago and received high praise for such professionalism that my exhibit radiated. Not only was my photographs themselves praised but my matting and framing was equally praised and raved about. I was thrilled and thankful that the Exhibition Committee loved my work enough to invite me back to do a second exhibit in this space. I didn't want to let them down. I wanted this exhibit to be even better than the last one. I guess I shouldn't put that kind of pressure on myself but being the perfectionist that I am it's hard not to do this to myself.

I continued grouping and regrouping the photographs into different themes hoping one of the themes would pop out at me as being of the quality that this exhibit space deserved. I noticed that I enjoyed viewing certain photographs that made me feel tranquil and calm so I grouped these particular photographs together. Voila - these photographs popped and what I had in front of me is the theme to my next exhibit: "Tranquility - a state of peace and quiet".

We live in a hustle bustle world with everyone multitasking, running from one place to another that we all need a little tranquility in our lives.
I hope you can take a few minutes out of your hectic day to visit and view my exhibit and enjoy the tranquility that these photographs will bring to you.
Above is four of the twelve photographs that will be on display.

Peace and Love,
Cathy