What could be better than opening one's email and seeing this:
20 December 2013
17 December 2013
On December 15th in Arlington, MA there was a wonderful concert put together. The Fifth Annual Rock and Soul Holiday Benefit Concert. It is put on to benefit the Music Drives Us organization.
Barrence Whitfield full-throttle soul screamer—WINNER OF 7 BOSTON MUSIC AWARDS!
Charlie Farren ...Romance, Passion, and Cool…
Danny Klein's Full House founding member & one-and-only Ace On Bass for J. GEILS BAND
Greg Hawkes Ukelele Performer & Keyboardist for The Cars, Todd Rundgren, and Turtles…
The Fools “The Only Band You’ll Ever Need—Boston’s Best Band… EVER!”
Doug Bell - Leader of 11 Time GRAMMY Nominee Bellevue Cadillac—“Kings of Swing”
Erin Harpe 2012 Boston Music Awards “Blues Artist of the Year”
Tsunami of Sound Boston’s “Emperors of Surf Instrumentals”
John Fannon & Hirsh Gardner of the Legendary Band, NEW ENGLAND
Sara Thompson a voice like Susan Tedeschi, soul like Janis Joplin, sultriness of Norah Jones
Special Guest: Christine Ohlman | Beehive Queen SNL Band Singer / “The Beehive Queen”
All Star Band with Cliff Goodwin, Wolf Ginandes, Mitch Chakour and Marty Richards
07 December 2013
So another year has already passed. I cannot believe it. So...
02 December 2013
Waiting to do a family holiday shoot, I actually decided to take a moment and look at my surroundings. They were beautiful and peaceful.
|Castle Rock - November 2013|
21 November 2013
Every year is the Griffin Museum Focus awards. This year was as fun as last and it will go on! I make a quick appearance in these slides.. you will miss it if you blink :)
But.. it is well worth the watch!!!
Hope to see some of you there for next year's award ceremony!
10 November 2013
Wednesdays (Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29th) either 9am - 11am OR 7pm - 9pm
orSaturdays (Jan 4, 11, 18, and 25th) 9am - 11am
Learn how to include people in your frame with a gentle approach to street photography. From street portraits to candid shots, every day will bring new opportunities to practice techniques and get over the fear of photographing strangers in the street.
We will also spend time learning composition which will lead to stronger images. Learning to see around you and pay attention to all that is around you. Color, light, shape, space.
This workshop will give you the skills to create story-telling images wherever your travels may take you and your camera. You will also learn how to turn any photo walk in a familiar place into an exciting adventure by learning to see the extraordinary in the mundane. We start with a classroom presentation or critique followed by a photo walk. We will explore different neighborhoods daily and practice what was learned in the classroom.
You will leave the workshop with a better understanding of your camera and the world around you, a few pictures to frame for your walls and a stronger desire to carry your camera around with you everywhere you go..
28 October 2013
Get those headshots ready for all of your social networking and even dating sites.
29 September 2013
I have been working on getting my head shots together, and also trying to get a better logo. I think I have decided that I need to redo the logo to something that is MUCH simpler AND can go on magnets, shirts, hats.. etc. SO, I redid that part, and then I decided to try to get more organized head shot cards.
Oh to keep up.. to keep up.
I am looking for some feedback, ideas, thoughts... anything? Throw it at me! :)
|Tony W head shots - elisabeth neville photography © 2013|
15 September 2013
04 September 2013
I have been trying to figure out this bead thing. I have ALWAYS wanted to do it and now I have a couple of friends who create beautiful artwork with them. I am noticing it is a great deal like knitting. You begin to collect them. Collect wire, string, beads, glass, plastic on and on.
Now I think I have a new thing to add to my studio collections and projects. YEY!!
|wire - 2013 © elisabeth neville|
31 August 2013
As one in her mid 40s, I am STILL stopped dead when I see a challenge to Find Waldo! And NOW... is it possible?... There is one photographically created! The artists at Kamerakind are my new heroes!!!
you must look at this AND Find Waldo!!!
30 August 2013
Recently I have to admit, have been wallowing in self doubt and pity. I have been unable to find work, and I am beyond frustrated AGAIN about the situations I have been dealt. Then my non-narcissistic piece of the undamaged part of my brain kicks in and I realize that I have been very lucky.
I have been trying to make a go at being an artist. I enjoy having my studio. I enjoy being able to work on whatever project my heart directs me. I enjoy the peace. Today, I gave one of the other artists a large pile of art paper and books. They were my Dad's, and I was holding onto them for deal life. I think I was holding on in hopes that if I sniffed them hard enough I would smell him. Perhaps he would speak to me through them. What I must be honest about is I have still been in denial that he is gone. He is always in my heart and he is always in my thoughts. But, I need to make the memorial I have in my studio into a functioning work space for myself.
Today I spent the day playing with cameras. I was going to work on grant letters and additional paperwork. Tighten up a syllabus I have been changing and so on. But instead, the cameras and paper and toys and light drew me into a different space. I have been working on pinhole and more abstract styles AND I have been shooting with my Mamiya with the Polaroid back on it. Throwing the little strips all over the floor and watch Milo chase them as the fan blows them around.
|willows - 2013 © Elisabeth Neville|
I needed a day to reboot. I am not going to make it so my days are a forced effort to go to the studio, but I am going to be more faithful about doing what I do. After all the expense of my schooling and the "achievements" in a field in which I did not belong, should I be doing this? After all of the hopes and dreams for financial success, my Dad supported me at anything. He KNEW when I was through in a field where I worked too hard for nothing. For this I am thankful. NOW, I need to make him proud and pull myself up from my bootstraps, and get myself back on track.
Off to the studio!
26 August 2013
It has been a while since I have had a good time just PLAYING with my cameras. No focus, no plan, no show, no "shoot". All for me.
I have to say, it was a lot of fun! I got to play with my medium format. I also got to, once again mourn the loss of Polaroid as I used the medium format. Ohhh Polaroid... why have you left me? I guess I will be going to Fuji. I guess.
|The house across the street - Polaroid - 2013 © Elisabeth Neville|
Onto other things, I started playing with the macro lens. And nope, I was NOT photographing people! Nope, no pores, no eyeballs. Nope! I thought I would shot some of the things I randomly collect while I am out walking Milo. I KNEW there was a reason for it! It really was a fun day.
|The end of the hydrangea - 2013 © Elisabeth Neville|
13 August 2013
The other day, I was sitting on my deck looking down on a group of youngsters (about 12 or so) walking, talking and laughing. A thought crossed my mind and I really could not find an answer. In my typical way, I attempted to troubleshoot my thought, now question, and figured I could come up with a logical answer. But, I was unable. So, what were the questions/thoughts?
What is it like to grow up in a neighborhood where everyone is of your race? Do you think about it? Does it ever come up in conversation?
I realized, more than any other time in my life that I have NO idea what it is like to be one of a village of my "racial peers". I grew up in an entirely Caucasian neighborhood, then went to a church, of the same .. and I went to prep school of, the same. Oh wait, I DID have other students in my high school that were from out of state and part of a program whose activities were closed so I was not allowed to participate.
|Marblehead Harbor - 2013 © Elisabeth Neville|
I grew up during the times of busing in Boston, yet I was in the northern suburbs so I was not affected. I was in the safe environment of a prep school filled with many of the families that I am sure (or I was told) were the blue bloods or originals from the long lines in EU. I, came from a family of strong, proud Nevilles that formed a fierce sense of family and loyalty. The ONLY issue with this, is I was not in the locality of this family, I was on the outskirts.
So again, what is it like to grow up in and live in an environment where you match.
I asked a friend and hoped for some sort of description or simple black and white (no pun intended) answer. This, I did not receive. How does one answer this? I am not sure of the answer that makes the most sense. Is it simply the grass is always greener? Is it different fitting in with a group of neighbors that all have something in common simply based on melanin? Does that make the conversations different? Other than the Black women and men they use in commercials acting loud, and intimidating and obnoxious (I can think of a few that cause Dave to change the channel so he does not have to listen to me complain) to sell insurance (Poor Flo!) or answer the phone and be a "real person" on the other end with their neck switching. You can almost see the slippers shuffling, robe flapping, hands on the hips and bandana covering the curlers and big butt flapping across the screen.
Mind you, my experiences have been with beautiful, articulate, artistic, athletic Black folk that are gainfully employed, socially responsible and civic minded and are my mentors. They are all different shades and I am VERY lucky to have met and worked with and known and on and on with them all.
|Larry Pierce (artist) Gallery at the Piano Factory - Black &White Opening|
I actually have to say, I yearn for a chance to fit into a group. I am not sure that I would know if I was there. Would it just be so warm that it would be seamless?
Would I just walk down the street with my friends talking and laughing? Or wait, I already do that, I just do not "look" like anyone else. But, does anyone?
04 August 2013
Today, Dave and I spent the day with Banafsheh and Jamie. So much fun and laughter. I have to say it has been a very rough week and I have truly become a poor, starving artist.
01 August 2013
On the way down, I looked up and thought: I could just reach out and grab those puffy clouds!
21 July 2013
We went down to the Salem Commons today to see the African Development through Drum and Dance (A3D) Their mission is to
directly and personally impact the educational experience and well-being
of children and families in Senegal, West Africa and locally in Salem.
One of the other things is my friend Shira was playing, as was Mamadou.
It was so much fun to watch and be around so much positivity.
AND there was an absolutely gorgeous woman there I HAD to take her picture.. And you know, when I NEED to take someone's photo.. there is NO hiding from me!!
What I need to do is get Dave out there more that he has been. THAT is my goal for the rest of the summer. OR I may have to start giving him homework again. :)
I ALSO realized that no matter what, I need to stop up a 1/2 step with my exposure when I am shooting. Sigh, BUT I had a fun time.. and it was wonderful weather. The heat wave was broken!
Look out world, I am out and shooting for myself again..
15 July 2013
This past weekend Dave and I went to Provincetown to visit some friend (and artists) who were so kind to invite us to their home. Right on Commercial St on the West End, it was wonderful!
One of the great things that came out of the weekend is I am SO motivated to create. I have been in a stagnant state for a while. We spent the day walking from the West End to the East End and stopped in at some wonderful galleries, met some wonderful artists and got to hit some great air conditioning. (I was COOKED!.. and YES mom, I had on my SPF 100)
Dave was out taking photos of just about everything. That is his thing (street photography/documentary). I was out of my element and went for the things that caught my eye. This is something I do think I want to try to do more of. I always tell my students to always have their camera on them, and then I rarely follow my own advice. That is horrible, in my humble opinion. I see some pretty flowers.. I shoot (pathetic). I see some pretty places... I shoot (closer). I see interesting people...I shoot (funny, I didn't shoot one in PTown and there were plenty, as it was "Bear Week") But, as is goes.. I learn.
Here are a couple of images, and then I am off to start my creations.
|ALL of the gardens were gorgeous! © 2013|
|A great shop, sadly closed, thankfully too, i would have spent all of my money in there. © 2013|
|Sadly, we missed the play! Maybe next time. ©2013|
07 July 2013
06 July 2013
|Sitting on the stairs on a Warm Summer Day ©|
|So lovely! © 2013|
|A Daguerreotype circa 2013? © 2013|
28 June 2013
Last night I met with a wonderful model and she was just great. (Great AND Wonderful!) I needed to give her very little direction and she followed the lens and made it a really fun time. I hope to work with her again!
24 June 2013
The CHANNEL REUNION CONCERT to BENEFIT RIGHT~ TURN RECOVERY A 501C3 Charity. The CRC will reunite bands that played the Channel Rock Club as well as friends and staff who worked there! Bands playing are as follows...
Robin Lane & The Charbusters
Lizzie Borden & The Axes
Shot by: Elisabeth Photography © 2013