NHAA photographer’s work on display at Concord Chamber
CONCORD – New Hampshire Art Association member Michael Sterling will have a photography exhibit titled, “Images of Canterbury,” at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce from Sept 5. through October.
Sterling has been photographing for most of his adult life. Following his move to the New Hampshire Seacoast, and with the evolution of digital photography, his involvement with photographic art and with the artist community has grown significantly.
Sterling’s artistic interests include landscapes, cityscapes, architecture and old buildings. He also enjoys creating environmental portraits, capturing the subject in a setting or pose that displays their personality and lifestyle.
“About three years ago, I discovered Canterbury Shaker Village,” Sterling said. “I was impressed with the village buildings, both inside and out, and the grounds.”
Sterling said he was especially taken with the Shaker sense of style and simplicity in most everything they designed from chairs to brooms to wooden boxes.
“At that time, I had begun a project to photograph old mills, historic sites, and similar venues,” he said. “What drew me to this work was the sense of history in these places and the idea creating a photographic record for future generations.”
Sterling said he is still in the early phases of capturing Canterbury.
“I am not the first, nor will I be the last, to document this place,” he said. “The staff there has been wonderful and provided access during off-hours. Most of my work at the Village has been in black and white. However, for this exhibit, I chose to show some of the subtle colors of the buildings and interiors.”
Michael studied photography at The New School and International Center for Photography, both in New York City, and the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. He resides in Portsmouth.
Sterling is currently President of the New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists. He is also a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association and was on its board. He is a contributing photographer to “Portsmouth Magazine” and “The Sound Online,” and has been published I magazines, newspapers and travel catalogues.
Sterling’s work is represented in the permanent collections of Optima Bank and Trust and the Exeter Chamber of Commerce. His photographs were on display in Senator Jean Shaheen’s “Experience New Hampshire” exhibits in Washington, D.C., as well as the Washington, D.C. and the New Hampshire offices of U.S. Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.
The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The chamber is located at 49 South Main Street, Suite 104, Concord.
“Shaker Simplicity”, a photograph by Michael Sterling