• 17 Sep 2022 9:11 AM | Maundy Mitchell (Administrator)

    Come learn the details about fine art digital printing with renowned photographer Gary Samson.  

    This one-day workshop will be held on Saturday, October 15th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Kimball-Jenkins School of Art in Concord, NH.

    You will learn the steps to take your images from digital files to the best prints they can be.  Using your own files, you'll print on a variety of high-quality papers from different manufacturers. Both matte surface and glossy, 100-percent rag papers will be available, and Samson will demonstrate the advantages of using different surfaces to achieve a particular look for a specific image. You will learn how to prepare your files for print, and you'll leave with a number of prints made on a range of different papers. Samson will also discuss the presentation of your finished work. 

    This workshop is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists and Kimball-Jenkins School of Art.  

    Spaces are limited. Enroll here:  https://www.kimballjenkins.com/fall-2022-adult-classes-workshops/fineartdigitalprinting

    "Brianna"  Copyright Gary Samson

  • 24 Aug 2022 7:31 AM | Maundy Mitchell (Administrator)

    For this month's blog, we feature longtime NHSPA member and Board Secretary, Claudia Rippee.

    Portrait of Claudia Rippee by Gary Samson

    In terms of your art, what drives you?  "I am a constant observer of my environment and most engaged in an urban setting with multiple visual stimuli cascading around me. I suppose obsession was inevitable when I picked up my first camera in 1998. Since then I have been happiest traveling to Rome or Paris (or really any European destination) with a camera in hand and wandering the city snapping scenes that capture the gestures of everyday life. I look for incongruous connections on the street with juxtapositions of elements to create an unexpected story that allows the imagination to illuminate the narrative as I explore searching for unexpected relationships in the landscape. Chance juxtapositions between disparate elements that catch the rhythm of the moment are likes magnets to my eye as are scenes with reflections whose layers can reveal a new, altered reality.  A closer look may reveal subtle detail. My photographs are about relationships and patterns framed in the viewfinder or objects arranged in a still life that will reveal a unique story to each individual viewer."

    "Diversion" by Claudia Rippee

    What is your favorite medium? "My current favorite is the wet plate collodion process, which I have been learning and working with since late 2018.  Since pouring my first plate and watching the image clear in the fixer bath I have been smitten by this very tactile process.  I love that a finished image can be made in a twenty minute span of time and the beauty and unique visual character of the silver image which carries the mark of the makers hand is unrivaled by any other process, in my opinion."  

    "Remembrance" - wet plate collodion image by Claudia Rippee

    What are you working on now? "I just finished a collaborative project named “Call and Response” with Maine-based painter, Angelique Luro. Angelique’s abstract canvases were a response to my graffiti photos which I printed on canvas and mounted onto stretcher bars and when hung in their respective pairs were quite dramatic.  I am now changing gears and pausing with digital work to create a series of wet plate still-life images created in the studio for my winter project."  

    "Girl of the Moment" photograph by Claudia Rippee

    Where are you going from here? "To date my tintypes have all been produced in my studio which is a controlled environment that eliminates many of the variables one faces in the field.  I recently purchased a vintage brass landscape lens, from the estate of Will Dunniway, and plan to make a series of images at Fiskill Farm in Concord.  Working in the field introduces new variables that can effect the process so I expect there to be a substantial learning curve."

    What's on your list of things to learn or do next? "Learning to efficiently and quickly make a digital negative is high on my todo list.  I have been making cyanotypes using digital negatives but want to also explore making negatives suited for the albumen and kalitype processes.  I see myself focusing mostly on handmade alternative processes for the next year or two."

    "Sitting" photograph by Claudia Rippee

  • 24 Jul 2022 9:27 AM | Maundy Mitchell (Administrator)

    This summer, NHSPA members have been researching and photographing buildings in each NH town/city that were constructed in 1823 or earlier for our current statewide photography project, New Hampshire Architecture: Buildings that have Survived 200 Years or Longer.  

    Along the way, members are learning interesting historical facts.  NHSPA Board President Ian Raymond wrote, "I learned some new history while out shooting for the Architectural Project today.

    "Deer antlers hung over an exterior door meant that food, drink, and accommodations could be had there if you were a traveler.

    "A red door meant the same. These symbols were used because many people of that time period could not read. The red door was used because of its high visibility in a snowstorm or rain.

    A house on Bean Hill Road, Northfield, NH, built in 1776

    "Many homes had white chimneys with a black rim around the top. These were called "Tory chimneys" and signified loyalty to the crown during colonial times.Lovett Inn, 1474 Profile Road Franconia. Built 1784

    "During the civil war era the white chimney or red door each signified that the home was a "safe space" for fugitive slaves on the Underground Railroad.

    An historic house in New Hampshire, built by the family of astronaut Alan Shepard

    "One of the homes I photographed today was built by the ancestors of astronaut Alan Shepard."

    You can find more information about this project here: https://nhspa.wildapricot.org/sys/website/system-pages/?pageId=18010

  • 21 Jun 2022 1:40 PM | Maundy Mitchell (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce that we have begun a new, statewide photography project, New Hampshire Architecture: Buildings that have Survived 200 Years or Longer.

    Current NHSPA members are in the process of researching and photographing structures (buildings, barns, churches, forts, covered bridges, etc.) in each NH town/city that were constructed in 1823 or earlier. 

    Our goal is to photograph each building from the street. We may also photograph detail shots of the exterior / interior architecture.  Photography for this project will take place from June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023.  

    If you have a building that is 200 or more years old, please contact our president, Ian Raymond (ian@raymondphoto.com). We’d love to include it in our project.

    The project will culminate in an exhibit.  We’ll share details about that in the coming months!

    Members may find more information on our private Facebook group, and files here under our private tab “Statewide Photography Projects.”  The public may follow along on our public Facebook page, and updates will also be posted here. 

     Photos of the historic Belknap Mill in Laconia ©Ian Raymond

  • 5 Jun 2022 4:10 PM | Maundy Mitchell (Administrator)

    The Manchester Historic Association (MHA) has recently chosen five honorees for its 30th Annual Historic Preservation Awards, including an Individual Achievement Award for renowned photographer and NHSPA Vice President, Gary Samson.

    The Historic Preservation Awards program recognizes and supports the work of individuals, businesses and organizations that have made significant contributions to the preservation of buildings, neighborhoods, traditions and other historic resources in Manchester. [Click the dots in the upper left-hand corner to read more]

    You can read more about the MHA, the Historic Preservation Awards, and the other award winners, HERE.

    The awards presentation event is scheduled for September 8 at Manchester Community College.

    Congratulations to Gary Samson and all the deserving honorees!

    Photographer Gary Samson in his Manchester studio ©Maundy Mitchell 2020

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