National Audubon Society at Hog Island – Cleo, Kristi, and Julia

 

-Cleo (left), Kristi (right), and Julia (middle)

 

"It's around the table and in the preparation of food that we learn about ourselves and about the world." -Alice Waters

This is Chef Cleo and sous support Kristi, and Julia.  They are, without question and for obvious reason, the most loved on Hog Island.   ...and let me say that Cleo and her crew make sure that nobody goes hungry.  Prior to each meal, time is taken to describe what was is being served, how it was prepared, and when local sources were used (something that is stressed from the kitchen).  Cleo provides options for alternative diets, and again, goes out of her way to ensure that all leave content.  This may seem like a small thing, but it's not.  Though not voiced direct to me, it's clear that the food experience at Hog Island is thought out to make sure that all are in the best place to connect with nature, to learn about Maine island ecology, and about their place in the world.  Eliminating any food concern is clearly weighed integral by Cleo, Julia, and Kristi for larger Audubon programmatic success. Very neat.

Thank you, Cleo, Kristi, and Julia, for your kindness, for taking care of me during my time on-island, and for helping to provide for my exceptional experience with National Audubon.   We made a nice photograph, huh?  I love it!  Much appreciation.

Linhof Technika large format field camera + Schneider-Kreuznach 150mm f/5.6 lens + Kodak Professional Tri-X 320 black and white film

Dan Grenier
2017 Artist in Residence
National Audubon Society, Hog Island
http://daniel-grenier.com/

 

National Audubon Society at Hog Island – The Sherrie and Trudy Show

 

~Sherrie and Trudy

 

“Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.”
― Gary Snyder

A quick note to say hello and share some news and a photograph…  I’ve been selected this year as an artist in residence with the National Audubon Society at Hog Island. How cool, huh?  To this end, it’s my intent over the next several months to share with you some of my photography from my project.  It’s a continuation, in many ways, of my most recent stuff – creating environmental portraits documenting the individual and their connection to unique natural surroundings in Maine. 

As many of you might guess, I’m using black and white film and large and medium format cameras to create these photographs.  It’s a purposeful choice tied to the dynamics involved with using these larger formats that near-forces the photographer to contemplate and concentrate a bit more on each individual image.  Yes, this will prove more labor intensive and time consuming for me than other options, but it is my hope that this helps make a more intimate visual experience. …and thus for this photographic process to equate to an expression and communication of my own personal experience; a means to further hone my own way of seeing and describing the world around me by embracing process.  While you’ll get to see some digital content via negative scans, my true end product will be a portfolio of fine silver gelatin enlarged prints made in a traditional wet darkroom using the negatives, an enlarger, light sensitive silver coated paper, and chemicals.  Timeless. 

Okay, I also want to introduce you to Sherrie and Trudy.  They are both instructors at National Audubon’s Education Camp on Hog Island, Bremen, Maine.  You can tell from their picture that they are both cards. …but you know, aces.  I’ve had time to follow them both around and observe their field instruction, and it’s something to watch.  In fact, students referred to them as “the Sherrie and Trudy Show”.  Nothing short of entertaining…  …but subtly tied to their package of fun is relevant information on topic, example, a spirit of inquisitiveness, openness, and safe space to ask and learn.  Awesome in the truest sense.  Oh yes, welcome to the show!  Thank you, Trudy and Sherrie.  Big smiles.

Hasselblad 500C medium format SLR + Zeiss 80mm f/2.8 lens + Kodak Professional Tri-X 400 black and white film

Dan Grenier

2017 Artist in Residence

National Audubon Society, Hog Island

http://daniel-grenier.com/

 

 

Stack of Inspiration

 
 

Century large format view camera #2 + Wollensak Velostigmat 12" f/4.5 lens + Fuji 8x10 green sensitive medical x-ray film

By the way, how do you like my "new" mirrorless camera? It looks like it dates to the early 1900's. Go big or go home!

I metered at ISO 80 and developed in Rodinal diluted to 200:1 for 10 minutes, for those interested.

A+

Dan

Acadia Pathmakers - Kate

 

Kate

 

“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it.” – Irving Penn

Kate oversees the Artist is Residence program at the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park and served as primary contact for all things during my project. …but as a long time staff for the National Park Service, she wears many, many hats. Most notably, Kate is an educator, and after spending time with her, I quickly realized that it is her passion to ensure all walk away feeling more connected to this special place. Given her tenure, I also learned fast that her attention is in high demand at Acadia because quite simply she’s the best. The line of people waiting to speak with her outside of her office serves testament! Kate truly listens and considers what you are saying, which seems to be the rarest of commodities. Yes, she is the greatest of sounding boards. She also quickly provides solutions to issues and follows up to be sure all is okay. She also has given me great flexibility with time, project direction, and learning on-the-fly, ensuring that I was growing with my effort.  I’m fortunate to have her as a mentor.

Kate, thank you for listening and providing opportunity. I appreciate all of your time, patience, and guidance and for making my time at Acadia fun and rewarding. Your friendship, inclusiveness, and overall example mean much and more than you could know.

With my biggest smile and utmost respect,

Hasselblad 500C medium format SLR + Zeiss 80mm lens + Kodak Professional Tri-X 400 black and white film

~Dan Grenier
2015 Artist in Residence
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

http://www.schoodicinstitute.org/

http://daniel-grenier.com/

Acadia Pathmakers - Gary and his crew

 

Gary and his crew

 

"You see something, and you really see it, and then you must spend your life to get other people to see it.  And that's been my story all my life."  ~June Leaf

This photograph has a group snapshot feel, which falls a bit outside of what I was going for with my project.  Still, I believe that it proves to be the most important photograph of the set because it successfully includes Gary, the Trail Crew Superintendent, seen on the far left.  Without question, Gary’s long-term vision for the trail system, funneled through the crew and stewarded over decades, equates to that experience, which for many is Acadia National Park - A near-Zen minimal viewpoint connecting people to nature in a most subtlety Maine way.  Stewardship and sense and importance of place equate to a relevant chain of history...  It seems so obvious to me now, but had not completely occurred to mind until shown via granite, chisel, wood, dirt, rock bar, muscle, never-ending drive, smarts, and ingenuity.  Thank you Gary and the Acadia trail crew for all that you do to protect and share this bit of our natural heritage.   We are all in your debt.

With the greatest respect,

Linhof Technika large format field camera + Schneider-Kreuznach 150mm f/5.6 lens + Kodak Professional Tri-X 320 black and white film

~Dan Grenier

2015 Artist in Residence

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

http://daniel-grenier.com/

Acadia Pathmakers - Heather

 

Heather

 

"Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long." ~Walker Evans

Heather, I can say without hesitation, is the best.  She plays an administrative role for the trails crew in Acadia National Park, keeping all of the field season chaos corralled. Her attention and help during my residency proved invaluable, introducing me to everyone (literally) and making sure I had room to bring as much inclusiveness as possible into my project.  We checked in near daily where she aligned me to crew locations and who I should first look for once I arrived onsite.  She also upfront keyed me into some worksite expectations and crew culture.  Let’s just say that when working with Heather (and the crew overall) a bit of sarcasm, friendly ribbing, and levity go in hand with a hearty chuckle and true assistance and guidance.  It would be difficult not like Heather because she is one hundred percent engaged in supporting the team and also attached to each colleague personally.  …and just fundamentally thoughtful and kind, which makes a combination that’s magic to be around and work with.

Thank you, Heather, for helping make my experience with the crew and at Acadia happen.  It means much and more than you know.  Respect.

Hasselblad 500C medium format SLR camera + Zeiss 80mm f/2.8 lens+ Kodak Professional Tri-X 400 black and white film

~Dan Grenier
2015 Artist in Residence
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

http://www.schoodicinstitute.org/

http://daniel-grenier.com/

Acadia Pathmakers - Chris

 

Chris

 

“Poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry.” ~Mary Oliver, A Poetry Handbook

Chris brilliantly serves as a supervisor for the Acadia Trail Crew.  Our paths crisscrossed as I made my way between the various group trail projects, and each time we overlapped, he took time to check in to be sure I was ok, and most notably to ask what I’d seen or experienced in the park. On the worksite, he appeared all business, setting up the crews with high wire lines for moving rocks and lining out pathway end course with orange forestry flagging, taking into account visitor experience, ecological integrity, and overall work efficacy for the crew.

Near the end of my time in Acadia, Chris and I had lunch together sitting on flat rocks in a dry stream bed along the Deer Brook Trail.  We primarily talked about school, art, and the environment, which most genuinely lead to Chris sharing that he likes to write poetry as much as trail building.  I’m guessing that both connect to place, people, and nature, which seems perfect from many angles. Humble, genuine and real, this is Chris.  I learned this winter that he is serving as Acadia National Park’s first poet laureate throughout 2016, the centennial year for the park and the National Park Service.  Yes, perfect.  Congratulations, Chris!

Hasselblad 500C medium format SLR camera + Zeiss 80mm f/2.8 lens+ Kodak Professional Tri-X 400 black and white film

~Dan Grenier
2015 Artist in Residence
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

http://www.schoodicinstitute.org/

http://daniel-grenier.com/

Acadia Pathmakers - Christa

 
 

Christa

 

"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

I first ran into Christa on the Deer Book Trail.  She was working with the Youth Conservation Corps filling in some tread with crushed rock and gravel just above a newly built wooden staircase.  It seemed, though, that wherever I turned in the park, I would run into her.  …and in each place we crossed paths, she’d smile, quickly say hello, and quietly continue with her project. 

I noted that Christa was an important teacher with the Youth Corps and ultimately with all of my questions.  She’d bring one to a given spot to show firsthand example to accompany her explanation and also encourage getting hands dirty and ultimate comprehension through trial.  Brilliant!  …and while my overall understanding remains basic, I have a better grasp of trail building and maintenance thanks to Chirsta (and all the crew at Acadia).

When talking about Christa with the Trails Crew Superintendent he said, “Christa is usually the “quiet type” but don’t be fooled by that.  She’s excellent asset to the team who shows independence, great work ethic and diligence.”  I know Christa would be a bit embarrassed by this praise, but representing the crew member archetype, I think it’s important to highlight.  The decency of hard work is evident through Christa.   …and when leveraged through similar group effort, special things happen.  Go, Christa, go!   

Hasselblad 500C medium format SLR camera + Zeiss 80mm f/2.8 lens+ Kodak Professional Tri-X 400 black and white film

~Dan Grenier
2015 Artist in Residence
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

http://www.schoodicinstitute.org/

http://daniel-grenier.com/  

Acadia Pathmakers - Chris

 

Chris

 

"Don’t say things. What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Social Aims

I ran into Chris, leading his crew on the Hadlock Brook Trail.  Walking past me with extra-large strides, he’s a bundle of energy. He was happy that I stopped in to visit with the group and was really eager to talk about and show me the re-route they were building on the trail system. This section included some newly constructed granite stone steps, several interconnected staircases in actuality, cut into the hillside far above Hadlock Pond – dry stone masonry at its most elegant. Watching the work progress, it became clear that Chris is a person of action who leads and mentors by example. He has very high work standards for himself and pushes hard for success. Tenacity and perseverance; this is Chris. Working hard is something innate. Chis proved to be nonstop hands in the dirt, splitting and moving rock with the crew. …describing, aligning, and implementing the cable system set for hoisting boulders across the landscape. …but most importantly, encouraging everyone through act and action. It’s clear that his crew really enjoys working with him and am sure they learn lots about themselves and develop refined skill as part of business.  Thanks, Chris, for being one of those few out there who show possibility.

Hasselblad 500C medium format SLR camera + Zeiss 80mm f/2.8 lens+ Kodak Professional Tri-X 400 black and white film

~Dan Grenier
2015 Artist in Residence
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

http://www.schoodicinstitute.org/

http://daniel-grenier.com/

Acadia Centennial Art Show

"Lobster Boat at Schoodic Point"  ~Phil Barter

www.bartergallery.com

Hey folks,
If you find yourself in Winter Harbor this month, please stop in at Hammond Hall to see some great art that celebrates Acadia National Park (including one of my own silver prints).  I hope to see you there!

schoodicartsforall.org

~Dan Grenier
2015 Artist in Residence
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park


www.schoodicinstitute.org
daniel-grenier.com

Pathmakers - Mike

 

Mike

 

“A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other's lives. It is the knowledge that people have of each other, their concern for each other, their trust in each other, the freedom with which they come and go among themselves.”
Wendell Berry

 

I met Mike leading a group on the Cadillac Cliffs Path, a spur trail off of the main artery leading to the summit of Gorham Mountain. We made some small talk, and he introduced me to his crew. They were getting ready for break, which gave me opportunity to have all of Mike’s attention. We walked the areas where the crew were working, and he pointed out some specific technical concerns, which seemed primarily focused on getting park visitors safely through the complex mountainside terrain, while ensuring the path would remain stable for the long-term. As Mike talked about his work, his walking pace quickened, and he lit up with excitement. He first described the obvious fun associated with moving large boulders across the landscape using pulleys, wire rope, and other mechanical advantage, and then the physicality tied to dry stone masonry in extreme locations such as this.  I can say firsthand that it’s near sensory overload to experience the loud cracks, metal-to-rock sparks, and burning tinder smell left in the air as crew swing sledge onto rock, making smaller crushed material to incorporate into the trail (as means of structural stability and drainage and likely many other uses beyond my understanding). Pretty neat.

Mike then eloquently outlined how the trails at Acadia National Park serve a much larger role than just public enjoyment, having equally important historical and cultural significance. These trails have been here for some time with some paths even pre-dating Euro settlement. In function, all of the crew’s rehabilitation and maintenance efforts equally consider this with the ecological.  Mike stated that the crew looks for and studies historic character-defining features when working on a trail, going to great lengths to use similar construction materials and approach to ensure historic integrity as part of their work. …and what struck me was how Mike sees himself, his crew and other colleagues, and their effort and connection as the newest part of the story playing out on this Maine natural area. You know, this is inspirational given today’s collective short attention span.

Lastly, I walked away thinking that Mike is someone exceptional. There’s a confidence about him on the trail that comes across based on what I’m guessing is lots of trial and error, having his hands in the dirt, by building thick calluses with the sledge hammer and rock bar, and by having to frequently make quick and accurate decisions. He is clearly tied to and cares about his crew and the work they are accomplishing in the park. Mike seemed at ease in his surroundings and had grasp of and could articulate a much bigger picture occurring around him.  Smart. Yes, he sets a motivating example for sure.

Thanks, Mike, for taking time for me and for the education. You’ve made Acadia National Park someplace bigger for me for sure. Much respect…

 

Hasselblad 500C medium format SLR camera + Zeiss 80mm f/2.8 lens+ Kodak Professional Tri-X 400 black and white film

 ~Dan Grenier
2015 Artist in Residence
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

 http://www.schoodicinstitute.org/

 http://daniel-grenier.com/

Pathmakers - Acadia Youth Conservation Corps

 

AYCC 2015 Corps Member

 

"It is not bigness that should be our goal.  We must attempt, rather, to bring people back to...the warmth of community, to the worth of individual effort and responsibility...and of individuals working together as a community, to better their lives and their children's future."  -Robert F. Kennedy, in his 1966 speech "Rebuilding a Sense of Community"

 

Another photo from the Youth Conservation Corps...  And one more reminder that 2016 is the centennial of the United States National Park Service.  Get out to visit your favorite park and appreciate!

 

Hasselblad 500C medium format SLR + Zeiss 80mm lens + Kodak Professional Tri-X 400 black and white film

 

~Dan Grenier

2015 Artist in Residence

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

http://www.schoodicinstitute.org/

http://daniel-grenier.com/

Pathmakers - Print Enlargement

"God, or the gods, are invisible, quite understandable.  But holiness is visible, entirely."  ~Mary Oliver, Felicity

I thought I might show a bit of my process for those who may have interest.  ...and to remind you to step away from your screen to make something with your hands!!!  

Kodak Professional Tri-X black and white negative film, Beseler 45 enlarger, Ilford contrast filters, and Oriental traditional silver fine art paper

~Dan Grenier

2015 Artist in Residence
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

http://www.schoodicinstitute.org/

http://daniel-grenier.com/

Pathmakers - Roger

 

Roger

 

"The land belongs to the future...We come and go but the land is always here.  And the people who love it and understand it are the people who own it - for a little while."  ~Willa Cather, O Pioneers!

Another photograph of Roger that I think came our nicely...

Happy 100th birthday NPS!

http://www.nps.gov

Hasselblad 500C medium format SLR camera + Zeiss 80mm f/2.8 lens+ Kodak Professional Tri-X 400 black and white film

~Dan Grenier
2015 Artist in Residence
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

http://www.schoodicinstitute.org/

http://daniel-grenier.com/

Pathmakers - Boardwalk

 

Jordan Pond Trail - Acadia National Park

 

“I don't just look at the thing itself or at the reality itself; I look around the edges for those little askew moments-kind of like what makes up our lives-those slightly awkward, lovely moments.” - Keith Carter

Linhof Technika large format field camera + Schneider-Kreuznach 150mm f/5.6 lens
Kodak Professional Tri-X 320 black and white film

~Dan Grenier
2015 Artist in Residence
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

daniel-grenier.com

Pathmakers - Roger

 

~Roger

"In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little human detail can become a Leitmotiv." ~ Henry Cartier Bresson


I ran into Roger on the Deer Brook Trail. There was a lot of commotion occurring with some crew running up hill to tie loose ends on a trail section near-complete, while others headed down hill to help align the next big unit of work.  But Roger was clearly anchoring the main site, and this left a subtle impression on me.  In the middle of all of the bustle occurring around him, he quietly pushed on, aligning boulders with rock bar to create a solid, level walking tread to keep people's feet dry and to help protect the soils along Deer Brook from erosion.  All of Roger’s effort came stamped with discreet purpose and his own dependability and placidity.  Even with just my short time around him, I could never imagine Roger with much of a complaint.  I observed several instances of crew members looking for extra hands to help with their individual tasks.  Each time they went to Roger.  He always stopped without objection, and with a kind smile, walked over to assist taking measures, to provide some extra muscle moving rock, or to safely guide the specific activity.  …and then back again to his own work.  The dominant reoccurring theme at Deer Brook was Roger going about business in his own quiet, understated way, which to my eyes was reflected back in the seamless utility and beauty of the crew's trail improvements.      


Happy 100th birthday NPS!
www.nps.gov


Hasselblad 500C medium format SLR camera + Zeiss 80mm f/2.8 lens + Kodak Professional Tri-X 400 black and white film


~Dan Grenier
2015 Artist in Residence
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

http://www.schoodicinstitute.org/

http://daniel-grenier.com/

 

Pathmakers - Alex

 

~Alex

 

"No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”  ~Ansel Adams

 

This is Alex.  She was one of the first National Park Service trail crew staff I met on the ground in Acadia National Park.  After hellos, our conversation quickly turned to photography.  She was aware of vintage camera gear and was excited about the opportunity to make a photograph with me.  This one turned out great, huh?  I really love it!

Spending time with Alex, one quickly realizes that she is smart, determined, and engaged in and driven by her work.  Her dedicated spirit is expansive, and she proved to be excited to share and educate me, and surely all others who cross her path, on the importance the foot trail system plays in the park.  Alex was also well-versed in the technical aspects of trail building.  She near always had a tool in hand, ready-on-the-go, and was deeply involved in crew conversations related to their work detail and approach.  I watched her push and pull rock bar using her all, swinging sledge and leveraging rock with pulley and wire rope.  No doubt, Alex is a bundle of purposeful intensity, but she also was easy with a smile and close with her colleagues.  Shared chuckles, and friendly ribbing, Alex and the crew’s connection was highlighted on down time as they huddled on tarps eating lunch.  It was a privilege to experience this wholesome group effort, which Alex was part of.

We traded emails after I finished the field portion of my residency.  Alex was anxious to see the imagery we created together, and wanted to use the photograph to help respond to questions others had concerning her motivation, ability and adeptness, and role on the trail crew.  She said, “I want people to know that there are women out there working hard, and often times, working harder than most.  I want this photograph to express the resilience and dedication of strong working women.”  To my mind, she’s more than succeeds on all fronts.  And the photo is fantastic too.  Thank you, Alex, for being inspirational, and for being that resolute force that is you.        

 

Once more, a reminder that 2016 marks the 100 year anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service.  Find your park, and get out and enjoy! 

http://www.nps.gov

 

Linhof Technika large format field camera + Schneider-Kreuznach 150mm f/5.6 lens + Kodak Professional Tri-X 320 black and white film

 

~Dan Grenier

2015 Artist in Residence

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

http://daniel-grenier.com/