The mid-Hudson is my creative studio. Albany. Troy. Waterford. Cohoes. Saratoga. The Hudson River. It's my 100-mile home.
A friend once told me boxers gets good because they practice in small squares. It's about boundaries, improving within limitations. It made perfect sense. So I dove into the region and went deeper and deeper and discovered both an unparalleled history and a world-class landscape right here in my own backyard, much of it overlooked, neglected, much of it demolished. Incredible things happened here, but most of the region's stories - good and bad - have been forgotten. What remains? Blue and yellow signs scattered about like a patchwork. We have no narrative.
So I bring back to you the wonders that I've found walking down a country road or a forgotten footpath. Heading into the hills at dawn, or pulling off into the shoulder at dusk. Driving south along the Hudson, recovering some of the magnificent history forgotten by time. Walking the locks, watching tendrils of fog lift from a tributary, listening to an eagle call out at sunrise, finding the footprint of a brick factory. Learning about shipping lanes, dredge spoils, mudflats, and high tide. Industrial edgeland, I have found beauty in the places people speed past to get to somewhere else.
Where I come from: I was born and raised in Troy, and had one of those great, free-ranging childhoods. My day jobs have been in publishing, books and magazines. I also understand optics and photonics having spent two years as the editor of a monthly sci/tech magazine, Photonics Spectra. In 2018, I graduated from Bennington College with an MFA. My book, "Hundred-Mile Home: A Story Map of Albany, Troy & the Hudson River" is forthcoming (Excelsior Editions) in early 2021.
Stop by and visit me at the Washington Park Farmers Market in Albany this summer. I sell a range of images from affordable to fine art. Share your memories and favorite places, I'd love to hear about them!