nature photographer, Florence, MA
Roger Lobdell has participated in The Gallery since its inception on DEC 8, 2001, instructs our Learning Center participants, and his current artwork reach new heights of awareness and creativity.
Roger Lobdell' lastsolo exhibut was on the microburst at Mt. Tom, Easthampton, MA.
“Mt. Tom has been a part of my life since living on Wolcott Road in Southampton as a young boy. It was one of the subjects I photographed on the first, and only, roll of film my father gave me. A couple of years ago, I saw parts of the devastation from the October 2014 microburst. It was not until this March when I walked the Mt. Tom park road and looked through my camera’s viewfinder that I began to comprehend what happened. As I started to make photographs, I remembered Minor White’s advice: 'One should not only photograph things for what they are but for what else they are.' As the exhibit will show, the presence of some of the dead and damaged trees became symbols of hope and strength in the midst of severe devastation. I will continue to photograph Mt. Tom as the seasons change. Also, I will check out the hiking trails and talk with people who work at the park to learn their stories.”