The following are posts I made to my website before upgrading to its new format.

(Clicking on any image will allow you to enlarge it.)

10/8/12 – I’ve added Summer, 2012 to the As We Are Now series.  This year I have been exploring the subject of modern cemetery folk art from a somewhat broader (and hopefully deeper) perspective. While I’m still very interested in the subject matter itself, I’m more sensitive these days to context – to the settings that may surround the folk art I’m photographing.

“Send Me” – Middlebury, VT 8/24/2012

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12/7/11 – I’ve added Nature Is Nigh to the Windows series. I’m playing with creating visual collages composed of what’s behind a window with what’s reflected off it. This is a collection explores the interplay between Nature and human objects.

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4/18/12 – I’ve added Tour of the Battenkill UCI Pro Race, 2012 to the Odds & Ends section. The Tour of the Battenkill is a popular race weekend known for its inclusion of dirt roads in its 62-mile road course. The UCI Pro Race is the marquee event of the weekend, featuring established and up-and-coming bike racers who travel twice around the course.  Our dry weather made some of those dirt roads very dusty, making a tough course even harder. It made for an interesting effect in some of the photos though!

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12/7/11 – I’ve added Best of 2010/2011 to the Windows series. I’ve been photographing windows for a while now, but my attention has shifted towards creating visual collages composed of what’s behind a window with what’s reflected off it. This is a collection of images taken in 2010 and 2011.

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12/6/11 – I’ve added Best of 2011 to the As We Are Now series.  I’ve taken many pictures this year for this series; this page offers some of my favorites.

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12/5/11 – I’ve added Best of Texas 2011 to the As We Are Now series. I’ve been visiting Texas cemeteries and taking pictures since 2008. Over the years, I feel both my equipment and my technique have improved significantly. These are some of my favorites from this year’s trip.

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11/30/11 – I’ve done a major update of Ozymandias in the Sights Unseen section. I’ve changed the processing of the images I’d already posted, and I’ve added a bunch of new images from an area cemetery that has curiously neglected some of its sections. As I’ve noted before, the name of this series comes from the poem Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley, especially the lines “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”

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11/1/11 – I’ve added Best of Late 2011 to the As We Are Now series. As I’ve noted before, I look for sunny weather with clear blue skies for this series – weather that has been really hard to come by this year. When we finally had a few nice days in October I rushed out to visit a number of places I knew about. This page offers my favorites from the many photos I took during those few days.

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9/21/11 – I’ve added Victory Woods to the Sights Unseen section. I was out exploring and taking pictures a couple days ago when I stumbled upon this spot, a preserve of 22 acres not far from the monument for the Battle of Saratoga. Victory Woods was the spot to which British troops retreated after that battle, holding out under siege for days until they finally surrendered to the Americans. As the National Park Service notes, the Battle of Saratoga “has been called ‘the most important battle of the last 1000 years’”; if the British had won there it’s likely the American Revolution would have soon failed. (The page of photos includes some links that offer more info about that battle.)

While I’d been working on images in an “Isles of Light” vein, these seemed to work better when processed differently. I’m rather pleased with how they turned out.

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9/9/11 – I’ve added Ozymandias to the Sights Unseen section. One day in June, after shooting various photos for the “As We Are Now” series, I wandered into an older part of an area cemetery. We’d had a very wet spring and the cemetery groundskeepers had been unable to mow the grass, so things were wild and overgrown. While shooting with my infrared camera I came upon this monument and started clicking away. Something about the subject and setting brought to mind the poem Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley, especially the lines “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”  These days some people seem consumed with a need to gather wealth, power and status. Maybe we need to contemplate Shelley’s point in Ozymandias, that such things are temporary and will eventually vanish into dust.

Of course, if this all seems rather bleak and depressing, there’s always Stephen Colbert to lighten things up…  😉

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8/15/11 – I’ve added Earth & Sky to the Sights Unseen section. Some say that photography can be a process of self-exploration; this is an example of that. Back in June I took infrared photos in two different locations: the grounds of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA and the Hubbardton Battlefield in Hubbardton, VT. When I reviewed the results they felt somehow different than anything I’d taken in the past. I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to process and present them – contrast, tint, etc. I’m still coming to terms with these photos, but I feel they’ve reached the point where I’m ready to share them – so here’s a sampling.  (9/9/2011 – I added 3 new images to this collection; I played a little with different cloud/tree combinations.)

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7/23/11 – I’ve added Best of Early 2011 to the As We Are Now section. This is a selection of images taken so far this year; more will be added later. (8/15/2011 – I’ve added a new photo to this collection: a Star Trek-themed headstone…)

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6/3/11  –  One of my photographs has been included in the 33rd Photo Regional, which opens today at Albany Center Gallery.  Yee-ha! This photo can be found in my Somewhat Spooky collection. FWIW, this is the first gallery exhibit I have been a part of in approximately 30 years. Interestingly – at least to me – the first photo I ever had accepted in a juried exhibit was also a black and white infrared image taken in a cemetery in Pompey, NY. That show was at the NY State Fair back in the mid-1970’s. One big change between now and then? The Pompey photo was taken with B&W infrared film; now I work with digital cameras that have been modified to record infrared light. That’s a BIG improvement when it comes to controlling what you’re creating!

All photographs are © Dave Higgins and “Dave Higgins Photography,” 2008-2012; all rights reserved.