Our friend Claire Seidl has long had a love affair with nature intertwining with abstraction. Recently this led to her inclusion as part of a new book, Maine Photography, a history dating back from 1840.
“Claire Seidl’s black-and-white nocturnal scenes taken around her family’s camp on Rangeley Lake concentrate on the human figure in water but they are far more abstract than (David) Hillar’s. A painter as well as a photgrapher, Seidl often experiments with long exposures and an ordinary flashlight to create the ethereal atmosphere that enguls her imagery. Her selenium-toned, silver gelatin prints have been shown most often in major Maine venues such as the June Fitzpatrick Gallery in Portland, Icon Contemporary Art in Brunswick, the Bates College Museum of Art, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, and CMCA in Rockport, and they particularly appeal to collectors who focus on Maine photographs. Her images can be found in the Astrachan Collection at the University of New England and the Bruce Brown collection in Portland, at the Portland Museum of Art, and at the University of Main Museum of Art.”
-Susan Danly, Chapter 9: “Collecting and Exhibiting Contemporary Photography in Maine”
Maine Photography is currently available in paperback form, elucidating the Pine Tree state’s long history with the lens across nearly 200 pages.
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