Boats Around the World - Juried Photography Exhibit
Brings the Seven Seas to Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
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(July 4, 2007) - Want to get away from it all, without spending a lot of time or money? Boats Around the World, the new, juried photography exhibit on view at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum offers a virtual vacation getaway just ten minutes from historic downtown Vergennes. Fishing boats from Ghana, Myanmar (Burma), Malaysia, and Indonesia, sailing ships on the Adriatic and the coast of Maine, boat builders in Japan and Long Island, historic vessels in museums, and shipwrecks on the shores from Puerto Rico to Antarctica . . . whatever your “dreamboat,” you can find it here.
The exhibit includes over 125 photographs contributed by forty-eight photographers from Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, and Louisiana. Stories from the photographers and comments from the judges accompany many of the images. The panel of judges included Hallie Bond, Curator of the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake; Jerry LeBlond, past president of Vermont Professional Photographers Association; and Jill Bobrow, Editor in Chief of ShowBoats International magazine and author of numerous books including Antigua and Barbuda, A Photographic Journey. The exhibit can be seen daily from 10 am through 5 pm through July 29, and is included with admission to the museum. A reception with the photographers will be held at the museum on Sunday, July 15, 2-5 pm. in conjunction with Messing About With Boats, the museum’s annual festival of small watercraft.
Best in Show, Professional, and First Place, Scenic, was awarded to Richard Ennis of Richmond, Vermont, for Irish Red, taken in County Mayo, Ireland, in 2001. The judges commented, “This outstanding image in a classic style demonstrates a pleasing composition that draws the eye, great color, and really sharp definition. The grassy foreground provides vivid contrasts in texture and color, while the landscape in the background establishes the sense of place.” The award is especially appropriate, as this is the image that inspired the museum to look beyond the Lake Champlain watershed and create an exhibit with international scope.
Irish Red, by Richard Ennis of Richmond, Vermont, the photograph that inspired the exhibit’s international theme, was awarded First Place, Scenic and Best in Show in the Professional Division.
Best in Show, Amateur Division, was awarded to Andrea Ross, of Manchester, Vermont, for Floating Market. Ross explained, “ This photograph was taken on the Great Tonle Sap Lake in Sien Reap, Cambodia in February 2007. This woman is part of a community of people who live and work exclusively on boats and floating structures. They have adapted their lives to tolerate the seasonal flooding that occurs during the annual monsoon.” “This image weaves together a subtle blend of details that captivate the viewer,” commented the judges. “Delicate patterning and vivid color of traditional clothing on the central figure; the offset position of the boat balanced by the extended paddle. The eyes are the master touch that makes the image – a fill-flash ensures that they remain visible within the shadow of the hat.”
Andrea Ross of Manchester, Vermont, was awarded Best in Show, Amateur Division, and First Place in the People category for Floating Market, taken on the Great Tonle Sap Lake in Sien Reap, Cambodia, in February.
In the Professional Division, Richard Ennis was also awarded First Place in the People category for Fishing Buddies. Wayne Fawbush of Montpelier received First Place, Still Life for his Essence of a Gondola, and Second Place, Scenic, for Turquoise Coast Transport (Turkey). Janet Reider of Waban, MA received First Place, Historic Vessels, for Gondola Squero, and Third Place, Still Life, for Resting Gondolas. Kent Strobel of Stowe, VT was awarded Second Place, Still Life for Water Lines, and Second Place, Historic Vessels, for Venetian Varnish. Other participants in the Professional Division include Daniel Doyle of Charlotte, VT with a Historic Vessel from Reedville, VA; Kirk Edwards of Ferrisburgh, VT with views from Katonah, NY, Banana River, FL, and Cape May, NJ; Marie Gordon of New Haven, VT with a Shipwreck from Puerto Rico; and Catherine Hughes of Charlotte, VT, with a Historic Vessel at Marblehead, MA, and a view from Hermit Island, ME.
The gallery is truly a trip around the world, with stories that are as compelling as the images. Reflecting on travels in Asia, Mary Lighthall of Charlotte contributed a photo “ taken from steamboat to Pagon to Mandalay on the Irrawaddy River, Burma (now Myanmar), October, 1960. Henry Lampert of Voorhees, NJ, submitted a shot taken “on a Yangtzee River Cruise in 1997. This scene will be lost forever. The construction of the dam had just begun, and the river was not yet diverted. Once completed the river will rise 175 meters flooding ancient burial grounds, villages, tributaries, and two of the three gorges. What a sad tribute to progress.” Likewise, Douglas Brooks of Vergennes offered six views taken during recent apprenticeships with some of the last surviving traditional boat builders in Japan.
Jacqueline Griffin of Burlington explained that her four photographs from Africa were taken this spring “while in Ghana on a medical mission trip. We had one afternoon as tourists, and went to visit the Cape Castle where slaves were held until traded. These pictures were taken from the breezeway of the castle looking down into the village. I saw poverty unlike any that I have seen before. The boats here are used today as fishing boats. Young children swim out to sea to tie the lines to the boats and then later hoist them in from the shore .”
Other pictures and stories are more whimsical, like Dreamboat, by Stanley Walker of South Duxbury, VT. “Delivering a boat from St. Marten to West Palm in 2003, I had seen many vessels ranging from 294-foot custom yachts to 28-foot barebone cruising boats, but this one really caught my attention. From the amount of boats rafted along its sides on this weekend, it was obvious that it was a happening place. While I did enter this into the Boat Building category (Architect – DIYs), some people might argue that it should be in the Shipwrecks category (Beauty is in the eye of the beholder). Personally, I think it has a lot of character, and so far as I know, it is truly one-of-a-kind.”
Participants and award winners in the Amateur division are listed below, with the name of their town, the locations at which their photographs were taken, and titles of award winning shots:
Robert B. Abell, Essex Junction, VT, Historic Vessel, New York City.
John Anderson, N. Ferrisburgh, VT. Collage, First Place: Charlatan, Bora Bora, South Pacific
Donna Bister, Burlington, VT. Still Life, First Place: Rowboat, Rockport Maine
Douglas Brooks, Vergennes, VT. Boat Building, First Place: Seizo Ando Building a Shimaihagi, Shinraku Village, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. Boat Building, Second Place: Bekabune, seaweed gathering boat, Urayasu Folk History Museum, Yrayasu, Chiba, Japan . Scenic, Second Place: Taraibune, traditional inshore fishing boat. Sawasaki village, Sado Island, Japan. People , Honorable Mention: Shin Sui Shiki , Shinto Boat Launching Ceremony at Tokyo University Marine Science Laboratory, Japan.
Neil J. Carr, South Burlington, VT. Marshfield, MA; Brookfield, VT.
Lawrence H. Coffin, Shelburne, VT. Second Place, Scenic; Town Float, Bernard, ME. Also, Spencerport, NY; Mystic, CT; Swan’s Island, ME; Blue Hill Bay, ME.
Rick Connor, Yarmouth, ME; Long Island; Newport Harbor.
John Dupee, South Burlington, VT. Admiralty Bay, Bequia. Grenadine Islands. St. Vincent.
John Economas, Colchester, VT. First Place, Scenic: MacMillan Wharf, Provincetown, MA.
Jacqueline Griffin, Burlington, VT. Third Place, Scenic (tie): Resting , Ghana. Third Place, People: IV, Ghana. Honorable Mention, Scenic: Jesus , Ghana.
Bob Hardy, Vergennes, VT. Kinsale Harbor, England. Nova Scotia;
Millicent Hawkins, Charlotte, VT. Honorable Mention: 6 a.m ., Kezar Lake, ME. Also, Anieres, Geneva, and Hermance, Switzerland; Sausalito, CA;
Barbara Heilman, Burlington, VT. Honorable Mention, Low Tide, River Dee, Scotland.
Dick Heilman, Burlington, VT. First Place: Action: Sea Cloud II, Adriatic. Third Place, Action: Foredeck , Adriatic. Honorable Mention: Sea Cloud Sunset Off Sicily .
Megan Humphrey, Burlington, VT. Maine; Annapolis;
Max H. Kraus, Middlebury, VT. Second Place, Action: Sailing Proud , Blue Hill Bay, ME. Also, Galway Harbor, Ireland.
Daniel N. Kucij, South Burlington, VT. Honorable Mention, Scenic: At Rest in Corea Harbor , Corea Harbor, ME.
Rene La Berge, South Burlington, VT. Third Place (tie) Boat Portrait: Coronet of Portland, ME , Rhode Island.
Linda L. LaBerge, South Burlington, VT. Honorable Mention, Collage: Tour Boat , Racquette Lake, NY.
S. Henry Lampert, Voorhees, NJ. Yugoslavia; Yangtzee River, China.
Jacqueline Lampert, Honorable Mention, Scenic: Time Out for Reflection , Homer, Alaska.
Mary G. Lighthall, Charlotte, VT. Myanmar, and French ‘colonies’ of St. Pierre and Michelon, off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.
Allison Litten, Norwich, VT. Senegal, Africa.
Sandra Mudge, Burlington, VT. People, Honorable Mention, Undak Ikan Laut (Beautiful Fish), Gili Air Island, Indonesia.
Elizabeth Nystrom, Troy, NY. Blue Mountain Lake, NY.
Nick Patch, North Ferrisburgh, VT. Honorable Mention, Still Life: Shadows, Schooner Mary Day Sailing Between Vinalhaven and Northaven ME.
Philip Puschel, Panton, VT. Shipwrecks, First Place: Recycled , Falkland Islands. Still Life, Second Place: Where Are the Whales? Deception Island, Antarctica.
Carl Reidel, North Ferrisburgh, VT. Lindisfarne, Holy Island, England. Chiloe Island, Chilean Coast, South Pacific. Puerto Barros, Atlantic Coast, Guatemala. Patagonia, Pacific Ocean, Chile. Mississippi River, New Orleans.
Andrea Ross, Manchester, VT. People, First Place, and Best in Show Amateur: Floating Market , Cambodia. People, Second Place: Fishing on Inle Lake , Myanmar (Burma); People, Honorable Mention: Farming on Inle Lake , Myanmar (Burma).
Randy (Pogo) Senior, Williston, VT. Boat Portrait, First Place: Aviero II , Portugal. Still Life, Third Place: Milfontes , Portugal. Still Life, Honorable Mention, Aviero I , Portugal. People, Honorable Mention: Grand Canal , Venice, Italy.
Susan C. Sherman, Westport, NY. Ganges River at Varanassi, India.
Maxine Smith, Colchester, VT. Historic Vessels, First Place: Sloop Clearwater on the Hudson River . Scenic, Third Place: Rowing Down My Golden River , Hudson River, NY.
R. Paul Smith, Burlington, VT. Still Life, Third Place: Framed , East Greenbush, NY. Still Life, Honorable Mention: York Morning , York ME. Also, Portsmouth, England; Essex, MA.
Mark Sohlstrom, Burlington, VT. Still Life, Honorable Mention: Retired, Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. Also, Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia.
Tom Snedeker, New Orleans, LA. Rockport, MA.
Leo Straight, Marshfield, VT. Scenic, Honorable Mention: Timberwind Mirror Image, Pulpit Harbor, ME. Still Life, Honorable Mention: Full Moon Over Half Moon House, Camden, ME. Also, Penobscot Bay, ME.
Catherine Suiter, Burlington, VT. Still Life, Honorable Mention: Mystic Sisal II. Scenic, Honorable Mention: UnBelizable.
Stanley Walker, South Duxbury, VT. West Palm Beach, FL.
Barbara K. Waters, South Burlington, VT. People, Honorable Mention: Back in Port , Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo.
Tim Werner, Milton, VT. Port Jefferson, NY.
Elizabeth H. “Peg” Whitson, Jericho, VT. English Channel, Hythe, England.
Deborah Wroth, South Royalton, VT. Pacific Ocean, Florida Everglades, Redondo Beach, CA, Plymouth, MA.