Cary Wolinsky – from the Cottage Series


Cary Wolinsky

Founder and Head Photoweenie of, Jim Fitts, co-curated with Anne DeVito an exhibition at Panopticon Gallery in Boston. The exhibition is titled What I Did On My Summer Vacation. Panopticon put out a call-for-entries and the work of 35 photographers was select by Jim and Anne to be part of the exhibition. You can see more of the photographer’s work and get information on the exhibition here.
A few of the photographers in the exhibition will have their work featured on This posting features the work of Cary Wolinsky.

Cary supplied with the following background information on his series.

Photographs by Cary Wolinsky from the “Cottage Series,” 2009-present.

What I did on my Summer Vacation?
Let’s be honest. It happened by accident.

Picture a 1930s cabin overlooking a mountain lake. There is a long plank table attached by hinges to the wall of the screened porch. At sunrise I sip tea in deep shade. By mid afternoon the sun tops the mountain and slips under the porch roof. It lays down hot slices of light on the surface of the old table, embossing a fine shadow of the screen into the wood.  Sunlight ricochets off the surface off the water and strikes the table from a second angle. Two suns. In the summer of 2009, that double light happened to be passing through a glass chimney, creating a projection of what appeared to be a three dimensional object.

I needed to own that image.

Yet it glowed for only a moment and then vanished.

And so it began.  Each summer I return to the table…now a blank canvas.  I bring with me heavy cardboard boxes, full of glass bits and objects that reflect light or cast shadows. In the afternoon, as the sun races, I anticipate its trajectory, building momentary sculptures in its path to project ephemeral images…and, capture them as I can.

Nearly a half century ago I got a taste for preserving the moment before the next as I photographed simple, shifting light in a Boston alleyway. Then I traveled, gathering iconic images of impermanence: a statue of Mao in a broom closet in Chengdu, a half shorn sheep in Melbourne, a miner’s cottage swallowed by Namib Desert sand.

I continue this folly, attempting to capture the pure impermanence of light as it advances.  An exercise? A hunt? A metaphor? A joy.

You can see more of Cary’s work here.
All photos: © Cary Wolinsky. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.

The facts:
What I Did On My Summer Vacation
September 12 – January 14, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12th, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Panopticon Gallery
502c Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617 267-8929