June 12–July 26, 2015
Christos N. Apostle
Eileen M. Clynes
Another interesting unique date! The exhibit is similar to the 12-12-12: One Day in the Life show in 2013.
Wanderings: Recent Images from Places of Wonder and Amazement
The Photography Center of the Capital District is proud to present the work of Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott, a wife and husband team, and internationally published photographers of nature. Currently residing in the Catskills, they spend most of the year following some of nature's most amazing animals, ever-changing landscapes — moving with the light and the seasons while exploring the color, rhythm and wild essence of remote places.
Born in Poland, Yva Momatiuk fell in love with nature photography at the age of 8. She has a master’s degree in architecture and urban planning, and worked as a designer for
the prestigious New York firm of Harrison & Abramovitz before she left the Manhattan landscape for a remote Wyoming cattle ranch where for several years she rode horses,
photographed and wrote. Their work as a photographic duo stemmed from this impromptu Western encounter.
Their photographs are dedicated to the representation of nature and native cultures. They have a shared vision of their art and travel throughout the world, in the wildest locations, to capture striking images of nature. With rare poetry, the collaborative work of the two photographers has won numerous awards and they are regularly exhibited and published in such magazines as National Geographic, Geo, and BBC Wildlife.
With their photographic and authoring talents merged, they proposed their first story idea to National Geographic and embarked on their Canadian Arctic assignment in 1976.
More articles for the Society followed, documenting the lives of Maori of New Zealand's East Cape, high country sheep farmers of New Zealand, mountain people of Poland and
Slovakia, and the inhabitants of the marine and sub-Arctic realm of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Momatiuk and Eastcott have followed the mustangs of the American West and had their body of work appear in a book of images and a Smithsonian cover story. They spent many seasons in Alaska, explored the American Southwest, the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, and the river swamps of the South. They also returned to the polar regions of the Canadian Arctic, photographed in New Zealand, Afghanistan and Kashmir, explored arid pampas of Patagonia and the outback of Australia and Africa.
They practice long commitments to places they love, and spent three summers exploring the Pribilof Archipelago and other islands of the Bering Sea in Alaska, documenting the rich marine wildlife and a stewardship program designed to strengthen the young Aleuts’ link with the natural world and rekindle traditional values and land ethics of their people.
The coverage resulted in a National Wildlife article, a Ranger Rick story for which the couple received RR's annual Magazine Writing Award, and an annual award of the Alaska
Conservation Foundation for excellence in still photography dedicated to environmental issues. Their image of Mount McKinley in Alaska became an 80-cent US international
airmail postal stamp.
Momatiuk and Eastcott’s photographic essays appeared in National Geographic, Audubon, Smithsonian, Nature Conservancy, GEO France, Spain and Russia, BBC Wildlife, Stern, Focus, Observer, Nature's Best, Wildlife Conservation, Equinox, Sierra, and Nature Canada. Their images were published by Life, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Natural History, Geo Germany, Travel and Leisure, The Sophisticated Traveler, Illustre, Panorama, Elle, Airone, Gente Viaggi, BBC World, Outdoor Photographer, Camera 35, Modern Photography, The Geographic Magazine, Nature Canada, Harry N. Abrams, Chanticleer Press, Grolier, and Reader’s Digest Books.
They have published six books: High Country; This Marvelous Terrible Place: Images of Newfoundland and Labrador; In a Sea of Wind: Images of the Prairies; Mustang; and
two titles for the award-winning National Geographic Society series of non-fiction children books: Face to Face With Wild Horses and Face to Face With Penguins.
Among other honors, Yva and John received four awards at the National Press Photographers Association Pictures of the Year and five awards at the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year international competition, as well as awards in Nature’s Best and National Wildlife magazine competitions. Momatiuk and Eastcott ventured repeatedly to Antarctica in a small sailboat and photographed "Shore Leave," a National Geographic photo essay about the southern elephant seals of South Georgia Island, and a Defenders of Wildlife article about global climate changes and their impact on many species of penguins.
Among their portfolios of images, Momatiuk and Eastcott cherish their continuing romance with some of their favorite subjects, to be shown in their exhibition.
The annual Student Show offered a wide variety of photographic creativity. Ninety fine works.
Eminent collector Mark Kelly offered his services as judge to select these award winners:
Grand Prize ($100)
Michelle Mainella, Untitled 1, St.Rose
Awards Winners ($50)
Rachael Posner, Holding My Head, Niskayuna HS
Beca Piascik, Exhaustion, Niskayuna HS
Michela Semenza, Pictorialism, HVCC
Beca Piascik, Leg (From "Lost Items" Series), Niskayuna HS
Kayla Coons, Restraint, Sage
Jessica Ayotte, Kelsey, St.Rose
Stacey Hawkins, Red & Blue, Sage
Lynne Dougherty, Grievance, St.Rose
Purchase Awards (Price Varies)
William Vrachopoulos, Jonathon Smoking, Marist
Heicheng Lin, Variation of Light, Union
Michelle Mainella, Untitled 1, St.Rose
Jacob Griswold, Darkfield Portrait, Sage
Brian Williams, Urban Planning: Boston 2, Sage
Yuanqing Zhu, Solitude, Union
Courtney Stannard, The Boxer, St.Rose
Dakota Rider, Disquietude, Sage
Kayla Coons, Gram Pardy, Sage
Ashley Smith, Villa Hortensia, Maharishi
Yaqing Xie, Broken Memories, St.Rose
Harley Bleitzhofer, Untitled, Sage
Artists’ work while on display or in the proper custody of the Photography Center per exhibition agreements will be insured between the designated drop-off and pickup dates against damage or loss for the full value of all materials which can be documented as comprising the artwork, unless the artist can demonstrate that similar artwork by the artist has been previously sold for the listed selling price, in which case the insured value in case of damage or loss will be half of the listed selling price.
The gallery is not responsible for the insurance of the work during transit or after last pickup date. The artist will be responsible for adhering to all deadlines and schedules imposed by the gallery and for the arranging the drop-off and pickup of their work. No work may be removed before the end of the exhibit.
The Gallery's commission on sold work is thirty (30) percent.