The flowers are in full bloom, the vegetables look ready to eat, the beach scenes beckon, and there is a glimpse of European travels, all inviting the viewer to “Through the Lens 11,” photography by Anne Holland. Anne Holland has returned to The Stable for the second time in the last three years to exhibit her photographs.
The exhibit is Holland’s second at The Stable. There are 45 new pictures in this show.
“I sold 40 pictures at the two-hour reception at The Stable in January 2007,” Holland said.
Holland’s life as a photographer began eight years ago. She was moving from her home in Wilton, Conn., to a condo in Danbury, Conn.
“When we put our house on the market I made a little photo book of our perennial gardens. Then it took off from there,” she said. “I started making greeting cards with my photos and now my total sales of cards is 11,000.”
When she first started taking photos, she borrowed her son’s camera; now she uses a Canon film camera and also has a small camera in her car.
Holland discovered The Stable while visiting her daughter’s family, who are village residents.
“There is nothing like this [The Stable] in Connecticut. It’s my favorite space,” she said.
It takes five to six months to prepare for the show, she said.
Morning and evening are the best times to photograph, for the light, commented Holland. She said flowers are her favorite thing to photograph, especially roses.
“Wagon/flowers” was photographed in Palm Desert, Calif., with most of the floral photos shot in Descanso Gardens. “Yellow tulips,” “Pink/yellow poppy,” “Sunflowers,” “Sepia rose,” “Peach poppy,” “Orange tulips,” “Gerber daisy,” “Orange zinnia,” and “Purple daisy” are also being displayed. Orchids were photographed at the New York Botanical Gardens, as was Chihuly glass. A photo of water lilies was also taken at the Botanical Gardens.
During a trip to Siena, Italy, hats and the flowers adorning them hung outside of a flower shop that caught Holland’s eye.
“Whenever I shoot, I have an idea what people are looking for,” she said.
“Blue/yellow pansy” was photographed in Myrtle Beach.
“Restaurant/bike” and “Pizza restaurant” show street scenes in Rome. The Food Court in Barcelona provided vibrant colors for “Cherries/peaches,” “Radishes” and “Tomatoes/garlic.” “Peppers/lemons” was photographed in Corsica.
Holland called “Tart,” taken at Zabar’s Bakery in Grand Central Station, a fun food shot.
Beach scenes photos in the exhibit include “Pilings/seagulls,” and “Two canoes” from Martha’s Vineyard, with “Sea shells” her granddaughter brought from Cape Cod. Atlantic City, Myrtle Beach, Cape May and Westport, Mass., also provided interesting shots. She photographed “The Alabama Pilot Boat,” an early 1900s vessel, while on a ferry from Oak Bluffs in Martha’s Vineyard.
There is also a look at an Annapolis, Md. home called “Green Shutters.”
Holland’s greeting cards are sold throughout Fairfield, Conn., and her photographs are on display at businesses in both Connecticut and New Jersey.
She is a member of the Candlewood Camera Club of Connecticut and has received outstanding achievement awards from the International Society of Photographers, first place in Westport magazine’s photo contest, and first place in the Orlando Sentinel’s photo contest. Her exhibits have been featured at Candlewood Camera Club and three libraries. She will be displaying at another library in April.