Flutist Jackie Wright (http://www.jmwflute.com/) will be giving a free holiday concert here at the Library on Saturday, December 21st at 11:00am. This is a great event and a wonderful opportunity to hear the Library filled with beautiful music. We hope to see you here.
“Royalty” at the Mystery Book Club
Rhys Bowen’s The Twelve Clues of Christmas will be the featured book at the December meeting of the Mystery Book Club at the Cohoes Public Library on December 18 at 10:30 am. Ms. Bowen is a best selling author who has won the Agatha Best Novel Award and author of Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness series. The Twelve Clues of Christmas is the 6th book in the Royal Spyness series and finds Lady Georgie, an impoverished minor royal, 34th in line for the throne, landing a position as hostess to a posh holiday party in Tiddleton, a charming Dickens-like village. But what would a British holiday be without a little murder and mayhem to mix with the tea and crumpets? Travel to the 1930′s England for a holiday that you won’t forget. Books are available at the library.
The Cohoes Public Library will be closed on Thursday, November 28th, and Friday, November 29th, in observance of Thanksgiving. We will reopen on Saturday, November 30th. Have a safe and delicious holiday.
William Gill, https://www.facebook.com/TrainsAtNight, noted night time train photographer, will be at the Library on Wednesday, November 20th at 6:30pm to talk about his craft, his adventures at photographing trains at night, and show a few pictures. This is a must see if you are a fan of trains!
In 1996, I climbed into an abandoned army bunker with a cheap electronic flash and illuminated every corner of the interior while the camera sat on a tripod. The result was a print exposing a dark space hidden deep underground as if lit by daylight. I worked to expose more hidden spaces: tunnels, closed hospitals, and abandoned factories. I found myself wandering the city at night collecting architectural images, mixing flashes with ambient light. Finally, I wandered into concerts and parties and spent several years documenting nightlife: a camera in one hand, a flash in the other. It was rewarding to collect images in these unevenly lit places full of movement.
The trains at night project is a combination of my interest in photographing the industrial, built environment and capturing movement at night. The experience of a train passing at night is captivating, with most of the landscape dark, my senses focus on the enormous river of iron rolling though the scene. Using flashes to selectively light elements within a scene allows me to capture and share this dramatic experience.
Railroads are not particularly remote nor are they rare – they pass through most sizable towns in America. However, they have been pushed from the center of life to outside the periphery. I live in Troy, New York, a town which once had three railroads meet in the middle of a congested downtown. Today, Troy is served by a small industrial track on the outskirts of town. Many have never explored their town’s industrial areas in daylight, let alone after dark. Using the photographs of those who live with trains (railroad crews, hobos, and benchers) as inspiration, I seek to share this alien landscape.
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