Guest Speakers February 25, 2015: Three-in-One: Charles Chessler, David Francis, Judy Rosenblatt

February

Wednesday, February 25, 2015—6:30 pm
Doors open at 6:00 pm

Three-in-One: Charles Chessler, David Francis, Judy Rosenblatt

Charles Chessler
Birds: Mostly Central Park Plus a Little South of the Border

Downy woodpecker in January, Central Park © Charles Chessler

Downy woodpecker in January, Central Park © Charles Chessler

He never knew what beauty was lurking in the wilds of Central Park until he picked up a camera in 2005 and soon discovered an entire world in his backyard that rivaled anything he’d seen in magazines and on TV. He is happy to share some of that world with his fellow nature lovers.

Charles started out as an actor and gave it up when it was no longer fun. He was left with an enormous creative vacuum. He was living on the West Side and so to ease the stress of his father’s illness he started walking through the park in all seasons—carrying a camera—everyday. This opened up the beauty of Central Park and its winged inhabitants for him and filled that creative vacuum. He could not have imagined that it would become his life’s work.

David Francis
Living Inside Your Dream (Dream to Live and Then Live Your Dream)

“Serendipity,” aurora borealis near Mt. Kirkjufell, Iceland   © David Francis

“Serendipity,” aurora borealis near Mt. Kirkjufell, Iceland © David Francis

He began taking snapshots around ten years of age or so, partly to keep occupied and also as creative outlet. He likes to think that his photographic eye was developed by looking at the thousands of images contained in the National Geographic and other magazines his father collected.

He combined his love of photography and travel and sharing his experiences with friends and family via the photos. He joined the digital age a few years ago, and enjoys capturing nature in all of its forms, as well as the natural expressions of people in their day-to-day life. He believes that he was given a gift, and happily shares that with all of you who want to participate in his journey.

Judy Rosenblatt
Wild About the High Line—and Other Wild Places Nearby

High Line, Original Tracks  © Judy Rosenblatt

High Line, Original Tracks © Judy Rosenblatt

This show will include images of the interplay between the High Line’s old railroad tracks and the natural growth sprouting up among them, some “sidewalk gardens” in upper Manhattan that became pretty wild looking in the fall, and some images from recent Sierra Club outings.

Photography has been a continuing challenge to Judy since she returned to it on retiring in 1985. It was an old interest from her days as a stay-at-home mom when she had a darkroom in the linen closet. She worked in black and white exclusively until joining the Sierra Club in 1996.

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