April 25, 2023

Morning Rises - Three of My Images Selected for "Visions of the Connecticut River" Exhibition

Visions of The Connecticut River Exhibition, May 7 - June 30, at The Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. Opening Reception: May 7, 2 - 4 pm

For me, a key aspect of meditation is returning.  Returning back to a focus on the breath when finding myself lost in thoughts.

The concept of returning is also important for me as a photographer.

Frosty Sunrise

One of my early mentors Rick Stafford taught me that if you discover an interesting scene to photograph, but the light is not right, you can always, well, return.

For years, before my teaching day started at Hallmark Institute of Photography, in Turners Falls, MA, I captured early morning scenes along the Connecticut River.

I shot the above image on a single digit degree morning.  Click for more details about the experience.

Like Butter (Sunrise Over the Connecticut River)

More images from the above morning here.

Now a professor at American International College, I assign my Digital Photography 2 students to photograph the same place at two different times of day to learn about how light and activity change in a single day.

Morning Meditation

Even dawn on foggy morning carries for me a sense of peace and calm.  I wonder how these cormorants are experiencing such a daybreak.

Return again.  And again.

Professor 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 CreateLookEnjoy.com and teaches online Zentangle drawing workshops.