May 21 – August 5, 2012
Opening reception June 26, 2012
Due to an “overwhelming visual life” that moves at a fast pace, Rich Perry believes people “rarely take the time to appreciate what we see.”
“Using a camera forces a photographer to be aware of those visual images that make up our lives and to stop and reflect on them and see them in a new and meaningful way,” Perry says.
A series of his photographs The Farm is featured at The Griffin Museum at the Cambridge Homes, 360 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, May 21 through August 5. An opening reception is June 26, 6:30 – 7:30 PM.
Perry says his work “focuses on capturing the extraordinary in the ordinary whether it be created by light, color, and texture, or by human interaction with the environment..Sometimes it is humorous, sometimes exhilarating, sometimes sad, but there is always beauty in it.”
The photos in this exhibit were taken between March 2010 and April 2011 on a small organic farm in Norwich, Vermont, which is self-sustaining “through careful and loving land and animal management,” Perry says.
They were shot over the course of a year, beginning in maple syrup season in late winter and through the full cycle of farming during the four seasons.
“The light in the Vermont hills combined with the textures from the wooden barns and 1780 farmhouse create a warmth and comfort that is reflected back by the animals and the person who lives there,” Perry explains. “I spent a good deal of time just sitting quietly and watching the animal and human cycles of a day and taking in the warm and committed relationship between them. The give-and-take reflects the farmer’s belief that it is the needs of the animals and the land that matter.
“My goal in this series was to capture how that belief is reflected throughout the farm in its animals, its land, its people, and the glow of the love that pervades it.”
Perry, of Lowell, worked many years as a teacher and administrator in public and private education. While still working in a school, he bought a camera and started photographing his granddaughter. Soon, he was taking fine art photographs and enrolled in classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. He also has studied at Mass College of Art.
For the last few years, Perry has been concentrating exclusively on photography, both fine art and portraiture.