Jennifer Steen Booher presented her Coast Walk project. The Coast Walk is a methodical, long-term exploration of Mount Desert Island’s shoreline, incorporating photography, oral history, marine biology, cultural history, and physical adventure. Ms. Booher has been walking the tideline of the island, beginning at the Bar on January 1, 2015, and moving clockwise along the shore. The journey will cover roughly 120 miles, and is expected to take six years to complete. Ms. Booher writes a photo-essay blog and composes still life photographs as a means of communicating the experience to her audience. The process of gathering information is central to the work, as is the artist’s physical presence on the shore.
Ms. Booher is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Virginia. She was an Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park from 2015-2016, and recently received a 2017 Kindling Fund grant for her work on the Coast Walk. The Kindling Fund, which is administered by SPACE Gallery in Portland, Maine, is one of ten nationwide re-granting programs established by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. In her other life, she has practiced landscape architecture on MDI since 1997.
Two options for the February Assignment! Option 1 – Panorama – whether you’re a panorama pro or just starting out after the inspirational presentation at the January meeting, you may choose to make Panorama your assignment for February. Option 2 – Shape – As you make images this month, look for ways to incorporate and emphasize Shape as a design element in your photographs. This can be done with silhouettes, or man-made shapes (think architecture) or nature (think seashells or plants). Extra credit for using negative space to make a shape! You can read more about these concepts here. Have fun!