Saturday, January 1, 2011

¡feliz año nuevo! (Happy New Year!)

Welcome to 2011. Towards the end of last year, I became obsessed with shooting dormant, dead and decaying trees in the dark for Trees of My City

The best time to shoot is just after sunset, or better yet, just before dawn (5:30am - 6:20am in the late Fall or early Winter), when the sky is full of colors not quite visible to the naked eye. The upside is that the dry air makes for stunningly crisp images. The downside is that it's been wicked cold...13 degrees, 18 degrees, 21 degrees. I can't operate my camera with gloves on, so every shot costs me dearly. But it's worth it. I go out for an hour or more just about every morning or evening.  Thank goodness for long johns and the recent unseasonably warm temperatures, but the more comfortable air is not quite as conducive to drop dead photos.

Here are three examples: "Carriage House," "Blue Velvet" and "La Nieve." These images and others from the Trees of My City night gallery will be featured at my upcoming show at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University later this month. See below for details.

Trees of My City is an original multimedia installation about the beauty and science of dormant, dead and decaying trees in one American city over one calendar year...and how we can expand our ideas about the cycle of life by contemplating how nature deals with death.

If you're a member of the press, email to request a link to the exclusive press movie trailer.

Trees of My City will preview live at The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University on Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 from 1pm - 3pm.  The exhibit also includes, through March 6th,  Roberto Mighty’s fine art photography 

Trees of My City was filmed on location in Newton, Massachusetts. Through high definition video, unusual photographic perspectives, timelapse, underwater and aerial photography, digital compositing and surround sound audio, audiences will experience trees in unexpected ways and have their consciousness raised about our urban treescapes.

If you're a museum curator in the US or overseas interested in possibly having the traveling Trees of My City exhibit in 2011/2012, email to request a link to the museum web preview.

Trees of My City was conceived and developed as a museum installation by Roberto Mighty, a filmmaker, photographer and new media artist.  
Approximately a year ago, while trying to make sense of the deaths of close family members, he began photographing and filming local trees.  
The project grew to involve noted scientists, including Eric J. Olson, PhD, Ecologist, Brandeis University; Kevin T. Smith, PhD, Plant Physiologist, Project Leader, USDA Forest Service; Simon A. Perkins, Field Ornithologist and Larry Sass, Ph.D., Department of Architecture, MIT.

More Information: Trees of My City Webpage
More Information: Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130
+ 01/22/2011: 1pm - 3pm film screening, audio and interactive multimedia installation. 

+ 01/22 - 03/06; Fine Art Photography exhibit in Hunnewell Building, 9am-4pm weekdays; 10am - 4pm Saturdays; Noon - 4pm Sundays.

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