SARATOGA SPRINGS – ““Woman in nature” is about reconnecting with our true selves through the creative process.”
So states Deborah Neary, who has put together a stunning series of photographs of females that are communing with their natural selves in a natural habit. According to Deborah, this has never been more important, and the process is invigorating as both subject and photographer get back to a state where they rid themselves of their technological and other encumbrances and become their true selves.
“We live in a world of computers, cell phones and virtual realities. Our connection with the physical, natural world is diminished, the result is an uneasy feeling, a lack of feeling at home in one's body.” She says. “There is a need to spend more time with nature, to actually stand in the water, lay down in the wild grass, and feel the earth beneath our bare feet, to re-ground and reconnect with the earth and our authentic being. “Woman in nature” is about reconnecting through this creative process.”
Deborah further states: “Working with natural elements in safety and affirmation, we purposefully abandon cultural and societal constraints that limit expression and acceptance. The result is powerful, primordial and magnificent. My subjects find the experience deeply moving and transformative.” A process that reflects back synergistically to the photographer as well as the viewer. “Photographing women in nature satisfies my own longing to linger a while in the forest while engaging my passion: to make art and relate with other women,” she says. “Simply being in nature is healing for everyone involved.”
The show is scheduled for display at the Roosevelt Spa and Baths through this month. An important point to note is that this is to be regarded as mature content, for adults only as some of the subjects are photographed reconnecting with nature and themselves au’ naturel. For those who don’t speak French that means with little or no clothes though as our photo examples show, this is by no means universal, yet you have been warned.
At Saturday’s reception, many of the models that posed for the photographs on display will be available to meet and discuss their experiences. Additionally, there will be live original music by
Jackie Callahan and Clem Marino, tarot readings by Sarah Hopkins, a variety of complimentary pampering goodies and refreshments provided by Putnam’s restaurant at the Gideon Putnam Hotel.
The best recommendation I can give to view this show comes from our Production Director Frank Garguilio, who runs through hundreds of photos each week. This was the first time in quite a while that he made a point to call me to say “Wow! Where did these come from?”
So we’ll call this exhibit Frank’s “Pick of the Week.” Mine, too – and I bet yours as well.
“Women in Nature”
A Photo Exhibition by Deborah Neary
Opening: Saturday, January 11, 4 to 8 p.m.
Roosevelt Baths and Spa
Note: Mature Content / Adults Only Please