Last week I had the pleasure of photographing David and Betsey Ives. David Ives is the founder and CEO of the TV Eyes, whose mission it is to "organize the world’s TV and radio broadcasts and make them universally searchable by the spoken word." David and Betsey are patrons of the arts and were being photographed for the Quick Center for the Arts' annual appeal print piece.
- HISTORY -
Since its founding in 1898, the Connecticut Audubon Society has sought to conserve the environment through science-based education and advocacy focused on the state’s bird populations and their habitats. The physical setting for that lofty goal is Birdcraft Sanctuary and Museum, established in 1914 by Mabel Osgood Wright - Connecticut Audubon Society’s founder and a seminal figure in 20th century conservation. Through her writing, leadership, vision, and teaching, Mabel established Birdcraft as the region’s foremost center for conservation education.
With a sanctuary for birds to rest, feed, and nest, and a museum to place Connecticut’s birds and their habitats in the wider context of conservation, Birdcraft has served as a regional gateway to natural history for four generations of children, parents, teachers, and enthusiasts. The museum’s collection of mounted specimens depicting regional bird populations has inspired some of the state’s most influential natural history artists and conservationists.
The nation’s first privately held songbird sanctuary, Birdcraft is a recognized National Historic Landmark. The lovely six-acre woodland and wetland sanctuary contains the original caretaker’s homestead (now Connecticut Audubon Society’s headquarters), the historic museum, and a scenic network of gardens and trails.
-Connecticut Audubon Society, 2015
When we were kids we used to play in the woods near our homes, putting two thoroughly overactive imaginations to good use and literally "collecting scratches".
It was not difficult to recall that subtle feeling of misadventure as we walked through a Connecticut sanctuary, hopping puddles and dodging pricker bushes for our "boot shoot".
A beautiful day, a quality product, and a bit of nostalgia always make for a successful photograph.