The exhibit “Seeing Red: A Love Affair with Family, Life on the Farm, and the Big Sky” featuring photographs by Carmen Gendebien opens at The TAUNY Center on Saturday, January 12.

The community is invited to the opening reception for TAUNY’s new exhibit “Seeing Red: A Love Affair with Family, Life on the Farm, and the Big Sky” featuring photographs by Carmen Gendebien. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Carmen and see her photographs at the exhibit opening reception on Saturday, January 12 from 1:00-3:00 pm at The TAUNY Center in Canton. In 2016, Carmen started photographing the striking red barn at the heart of her family’s farm in Lisbon, NY, in all seasons and moods. The growing collection of images makes a powerful statement about place and the relationship of human endeavor to the natural world over time. “I love that barn. I know it means a lot to a lot of people. I sometimes wonder, ‘What is this barn thinking?’ It has seen so much,” says Carmen Gendebien.

Seeing Red is an exhibition of photographs shot by Carmen Gendebien with her iPhone, for the purpose of posting them on social media. The proliferation of iPhones, and great improvements in the cameras built into them, have made it possible for anyone with a phone to document local life, and immediately share the images with a large audience, in ways that used to be reserved for professional photographers.  Like most iPhone documentarians, Carmen never intended the photographs she takes with her phone to be made into prints; instead, she uses her phone to capture rapidly changing conditions of light and weather around her family’s barn, and shares those images digitally as a way to stay connected with people she cares about, and to share life on the farm.  Even though Carmen didn’t have prints in mind when she was shooting, the images she’s captured are striking in light and detail and make lovely prints, which we are proud to share in our gallery.

Light refreshments will be served at the opening reception. The exhibit will be on view at The TAUNY Center through February 2nd.

Funding for this exhibit is provided by Farm Credit East.

The TAUNY Center is located at 53 Main Street, Downtown Canton, NY. TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people understand and appreciate the folk traditions and local culture of everyday life–present and past–in the North Country. To do so, TAUNY seeks to research and preserve a record of diverse groups, customs and traditions; to recognize and empower traditional arts and artists; to identify and promote regional identity; and to provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn about folklore and culture. More information is available at tauny.org.