The title of this blog post comes from the Pixies song "U-Mass", which incidentally, I was first introduced to when I was a freshman at UMass on a spring break caving trip to WV. I just returned from the annual New England Camera Club Conference (NECCC) which is held at my alma mater. It was interesting to see all the changes that have occurred to the campus in the last ten years (I returned for grad school and defended my PhD in 2007).
While attending talks on various photography subjects and attending a workshop on fine art printing, I was able to spend two nights doing some night photography with my friend Peter Nagy from the Color Camera Club of Westchester (where I live now in NY).
|"Screened" The rice paper-like screens in Durfee Garden are even more beautiful at night when they pick up subtle colors from the different light sources around campus and contain the projections of shadow vegetation.|
|"Occulus" The new stairway and landscaping between the two Morrill Science Center buildings is gorgeous and includes this great sculpture which is further enhanced by the shadows and sodium vapor lighting present at night.|
I have to admit, I was pretty pleased with the changes to the infrastructure I saw while I was there. The new buildings are beautiful and environmentally friendly. The landscaping has improved by leaps and bounds. Other environmental and artistic initiatives are in evidence everywhere. The food services are also incredible! I've been very critical of the UMass administration in the past, but it seems like they've been getting a lot of things right in past few years. I don't have enough info to judge how the academic program is going, although I like what I hear about the new honors college as well.
|"Design At Rest" This abstract comes courtesy of the new benches between the Learning Center and the Student Union.|
|"History And Technology" Metawampe sculpture juxtaposed against the large flat screen displays in the new Learning Center.|
|"Campus Pond Reflections" Lights reflect in the disturbed surface of the campus pond.|
|"Campus Center Steps Number One" The steps of the Campus Center terrace provide ample opportunities for geometric abstracts.|
|"Shadow Play" The interplay of light, shadow, and color attracted me to this composition of the back of the Student Union building.|
|"Campus Center Steps Number Two" I have a soft spot for the texture and geometry of stone work.|
Finally, I'll leave you with one more image from Durfee Gardens. My next post will be back to nature with some images I took at Hawley Bog during the conference. Orchids and carnivorous plants, oh my!
|"Zen" A different light painting interpretation of the egg sculpture outside of Durfee Conservatory.|