EVENTS & ART SHOWS
NEAR TO HERE
The photography of Chuck Helfer and Denise Letendre
Opening Reception Friday April 26, 5-7pm
Show open April 25 – May 26
Guns, Ammo, Groceries
There’s the vision of Vermont with fresh air, clean living, rolling hills clustered with rustic homesteads and quaint towns. There’s also the image of a struggling state evidenced by poverty, relinquished farms, abandoned buildings, and a scrappy population plugging away to make ends meet. Both contrasting perspectives are accurate; valid views in either case. I’m not sure where my photographs land on this scale; which story they tell. All I know is that when I drive along the dirt backroads banked by swaying hayfields, through charming towns that have seen better days, by weathered barns dappled in light, down the rutted knobby lanes, – it resonates deeply. It’s this experience that I hope my photographs express; the instant when you stumble upon something beautiful or something true that catches your breath for a second. The images I’ve chosen for this show are “near to here” but also could be representative of many areas in Vermont, or even throughout New England; look like they could be from years ago or today. They are individual capsules of time, each an authentic moment, the result of my constant curiosity and rambling search-and-find.
Mist Over the Quarry – Castleton
As a photographer I am always looking for new images, especially nearby. I am fortunate to live in a picturesque area that has a lot of interest to me photographically –, nice mountains and hills, quiet landscapes, pretty towns, many quarries and an abundance of wildflowers. And these subjects are constantly changing as the seasons change.
I try to produce unique images of everyday places – places that one frequently passes but rarely pays much attention to. This often requires patience and persistence – frequent visits; walking around for different viewpoints and waiting for particular times of year, light or favorable weather conditions. Sometimes a good image boils down to plain old luck, being at the right place at the right time, but most of the time it involves the ability to recognize a potential good image and then capture it with your camera.
In the spring I spend a lot of time photographing wildflowers along the roads and at local nature preserves. This often involves working at dawn with a macro lens and tripod. The Adirondacks and local hills and trails lure me to explore throughout the year. Also, this area affords me a special opportunity to explore and photograph area quarries.
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