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“A Discerning Eye: Photographs by Dan Taylor (1968 – 2000) and Trelawney Goodell”
October 1, 2018 - October 24, 2018
From his early years growing up in Marblehead, Dan Taylor loved to take pictures. As an adult, he continued to enjoy photography and to improve his skill while pursuing his career as a Naval officer. Dan was based in San Diego and traveled the United States as well as across the Pacific, which afforded many photographic opportunities.
Upon Dan’s death, his family discovered the extent of his photographic work, finding a collection of thousands of transparencies. For his own challenge and pleasure, Dan had photographed a range of subjects. He showed us the residents of the San Diego Zoo with what seems an intimate glimpse into each one’s character; Death Valley with its bold and stark landscape; and the quiet beauty of water bubbling over pastel-colored stones in Glacier National Park. Dan was able to convey the essence of what he saw in his view-finder.
In the years following Dan’s death, his uncle, Henry Taggard, suggested that a book be created with the idea of sharing some of Dan’s photographs with family and friends. Trelawney Goodell, a book designer and photographer and cousin of the family, volunteered her design skills to bring this book to life and show us the world as Dan saw it.
As a book designer and art director, creating educational material for young children, Trelawney Goodell became interested in photography as a way to respond to visual literacy being taught in the schools. She always looks for the opportunity to see the ordinary in a unique way. Because of her book design background, she often combines multiple images into a single statement to tell a story. Her photomontages and triptychs with multiple images combine her experience about a place into a single unique visual statement. Recently her interest in looking for the unusual in ordinary places has resulted in a series of photographs of reflections.
Photographs by Dan and photographs by Trelawney will be on display during the exhibition “A Discerning Eye” in the Virginia A. Carten Gallery at the Abbot Public Library, from Monday, October 1st, through Wednesday, October 24th. There will be a public reception on Sunday, October 7th, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. All are invited to view Dan’s and Trelawney’s photographs, as well as the book reflecting both artists’ talents.