Dave Higgins Photography

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I recently had photos included in two more shows. “Nature Is Nigh” was included in the Mpls Photo Center‘s “Abstracted” show.

Nature is Nigh

“Nature Is Nigh”

Meanwhile, three of my photos were included in the Troy Photo Center‘s Members’ Show. These three, which included “Electrophobic Trees,” are part of a series I’ve been working on called “Where Man & Nature Met.”

Electrophobic Trees

“Electrophobic Trees”

All photographs are © Dave Higgins and “Dave Higgins Photography,” 2016; all rights reserved.

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Victory Woods #1 – 9/19/2011

These photographs were taken in Victory Woods, site of the camp to which British General Burgoyne’s forces retreated for ten days before surrendering after the Battle of Saratoga – the first great American victory of the Revolutionary War. This site has recently been developed by the National Park Service, which also maintains the nearby Saratoga Battlefield.

Aside from the new trail and boardwalk – as well as the interpretive signs along them, the woods look pretty much like any other wooded area in the vicinity. Perhaps these photos can conjure up some of the spirit and emotions grounded in this spot.

We watched them stumble at last up the low hills of Saratoga, burning Schuyler’s fine house and buildings as they did so; and there on those heights, with their cattle and horses dying among them for lack of forage, they stayed day after day.

“Rabble In Arms” – Kenneth Roberts

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Modern science tells us at the most basic level everything is simultaneously an individual (particle) and part of a collective (wave). However, we can never see both of these qualities at the same time: how we look at something will determine whether we see it as one or the other. Furthermore, what we see of an individual thing can be shaped by its relationship to the collective.

This sounds rather abstract and esoteric; but there are examples of this principle everywhere in our day-to-day life. For instance, it’s something I’ve been exploring by photographing leaves…

Leaves – Christman Santuary, 8/30/2009

Leaves and Forest – Christman Sanctuary, 8/30/2009

Trunk and Leaves – Thacher Park, 8/16/2009

Hidden Trunk – Lawson Lake, 7/3/2010

Right Branch – Lawson Lake, 7/3/2010

Left Branch – Lawson Lake, 7/3/2010

Tree Silhoutte – Lawson Lake, 7/3/2010

Maples – Christman Sanctuary, 8/30/2009

All photographs are © Dave Higgins and “Dave Higgins Photography,” 2011; all rights reserved.

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I like to explore the relationships between natural and human-made structures. Here are some examples:


Branches & Railings - Geneva, NY 6/2009


Reeds and Bridge - Geneva, NY 6/2009


Geneva, NY 6/2009


Creamery - Santanoni Preserve, 7/2009


Geneva Hall, Hobart College - Geneva, NY 6/2009


Garden Wall - Geneva, NY 6/2009


East Stairs, Capitol - Albany, NY 9/2009


Creamery, Side - Santanoni Preserve, 7/2009


Porch Detail - Santanoni Preserve, 7/2009


Brick Wall - Geneva, NY 6/2009


Stick Ball - Geneva, NY 6/2009


All photographs are © Dave Higgins and “Dave Higgins Photography,” 2009; all rights reserved.

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Back in the 1970′s I spent some time taking black and white infrared photographs at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville, NY. Those photographs became known as my “Isles of Light” series – my most successful series of photographs as far as other viewers were concerned. It was a featured exhibit at Soho Photo in New York City, and photos from that series appeared in various other exhibits.

These photographs remind me of that “Isles of Light” series. Some of them were taken at the Christman Sanctuary, which offers scenic walks through fields and woods and along the Bozenkill.


Forest Light - Lawson Lake, 7/3/2010


Poison Ivy - Lawson Lake, 7/3/2010

Leaves & Trees - Christman Sanctuary, 8/30/2009



Witch-Hazel - Lawson Lake, 7/3/2010



Forest - Christman Sanctuary, 8/30/09



Leaves and Shadows - Lawson Lake, 7/3/2010

Sedge & Stream- Christman Sanctuary, 8/30/2009

Hemlocks - Christman Sanctuary, 8/30/2009



Life In Rock - Thacher Park, 8/16/2009

Red Pines - Christman Sanctuary, 8/30/2009

All photographs are © Dave Higgins and “Dave Higgins Photography,” 2009 & 2010; all rights reserved.

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