December 24, 2021

The Healing Power of Art

I went to Duxbury Beach, a place of formative family experiences, to have a driftwood fire honoring my deceased parents.  My father passed a few years ago; my mom a few months.  Grief, along with contracting Covid, had rendered me mired in creative inertia.  Imagining my mother's persistent encouragement, I brought my camera.  After a curative and invigorating fire at sunset, capped with a Snowy Owl sighting, I opened my car trunk to place the driftwood collected for student art projects and discovered my forgotten about camera!   Thanks, Mom.

Light My Fire

The above in-camera multiple exposure of the Powder Point Bridge in Duxbury is the latest in my series of Reality-Based Abstractions.  A sketch of the raw material:

John Nordell teaches courses in the Visual and Digital Arts Program that he created at American International College in Springfield, Mass. He blogs about the creative process at