Bill McCarthy          Fine Art Views of an Ancient World   
On Going Visual Projects

 HELEN'S POND      Newfields, New Hampshire:

                                                                                  Beaver Lodge

Biophilia, a concept conceived by
Harvard University biologist Edward Wilson, introduced the idea that we are drawn to relationships with plants, animals, rocks, and streams as well as with people. We have a need to connect with the natural world. It is part of our innate nature.
Back in the 1800's, Henry David Thoreau said,  "I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day ... sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields ... free from all worldly engagements."
The pond is a constant reminder that the natural world is an incredible force of energy which allows us to watch as the smallest to the largest of natural objects shift, change and regenerate. Spring explodes with millions of sprouting plants and leaves followed by the quiet relaxing lushness of summer. Fall evolves from glowing colors to the dumping of those millions of energy packed leaves, leaving us in a frigid nearly gray environment of winter. To watch is to embrace the positive future when in very little time, we begin again.

                                                                                                 Autumn Evening            

                                            Quiet Time

                                            Early Winter

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  ISLANDS: Caladesi, Iceland, Bailey, Mount Desert

           Sky Light
  After The Storm

 Evolution / Quick Silver  

  Lifting Storm        Volcanic Rubble        Rock ledge       Mount Desert Island

I have been working over the last few years, on a series of images created at a number of environmentally and geographically distinct island locations. They are not photo-journalistic but instead visual notations reflective of the individuality of each area. I have concentrated on Iceland, which is an active volcanic island (country) continuing to experience the movement of tectonical plates and the interaction of a subterranean hotspot or mantle plume; Bailey Island in Maine, which shows remnants of continental drift and is continually beaten and shaped by the Atlantic Ocean; Mount Desert Island in Maine with what apear to be fresh scars left by receding glaciers; and Caladesi Island in Florida, which is a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, constantly being recreated by weather driven shifting sands.
The images capture an ancient view in "today's" light, but ultimately, each image is a world unto itself.

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