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SPACE on Ryder Farm Artist Residency

SPACE on Ryder Farm Artist Residency

It’s been so busy around here I haven’t had time to blog about the Artist Residency I was a part of back in October. Never mind though because now is the opportune time to tell you a little bit about SPACE on Ryder Farm as they are accepting applications for 2016 until January 15.

Last year my friend Edward Brydon mentioned the program to me and Ray. We applied and by late April found out we had been accepted. This was something quite new to me and I am really pleased we decided to do it. Our time at Ryder Farm was spent in the company of ART Alumni with our usual heated discussions on the nature of photography and how to make meaningful pictures. We also had a chance in the evenings to do three salons for individuals who had brought work for feedback. I am excited to already see progress for some from the time we spent there. From past ART experiences I know there is usually an incubation period following the roundtable and I have grown to love this time when all seems suspended while people are working out what it means for them, myself included.

So why, as a photographer, do an artist residency with SPACE on Ryder Farm?

Like all residencies, the purpose is to get away from your everyday routine to apply yourself to getting some work either completed or moving forward even if it means abandoning the work to grab hold of a new idea. Ryder Farm is a beautiful location. Set just an hour plus train ride from New York city, the farm is the oldest organic farm in the United States. Here’s how they describe part of that experience if you are lucky enough to be there:

Enjoying farm-to-table meals is an essential part of the experience at SPACE. It is an enormous gift to be located on a certified organic farm. The meals at SPACE reflect the beauty and sustainability of the land. SPACE offers its guests three farm fresh meals each day using seasonal produce often harvested just hours before arriving on the table. Meals are shared in a beautiful antique dining hall, and serve as a wonderful opportunity for artists at SPACE to come together, break bread, share ideas, and connect with one another.

SPACE resident artists are sometimes called upon to help bring food to the table. Working on the farm is the perfect tonic for the artist looking to get out of their head and into their body. And there’s nothing quite like forging a direct connection to the food you eat and the land you live on. Working with one’s hands, in the open air, on the beauteous Ryder Farm reinvigorates and nurtures the artist’s waning spirit time and time again.

I believe photographers who are working on a book either at the editing/sequencing phase or working on the writing portion will find the time at SPACE very productive. Maggie Raymond, the manager, and the interns who work there will take good care of you while you find yourself a spot either in the rambling 1795 farmhouse or down by the lake or anywhere on the property really, to get your work done. All your meals are included and much of it comes right from the farm. I would also highly encourage you to take some time to work on the farm. Although it was very late in the season, we still had a chance to harvest herbs for their farmer’s market in NYC. And did I mention how good the food is there? Well it is. Everything is freshly prepared and very tasty which seems to hide just how healthy the food is.

Needless to say I was very happy with our experience there. If you are a photographer and would like to apply, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions on the process or need some help working on your application. You can find more information on SPACE at Ryder Farm here. I plan on returning to SPACE in the near future and I know we would be welcome back there.

Please take some time to check out the work of the people who were there with me:

Raymond Ketcham
Brian Miller
Dorothy Brown
Edward Brydon
Matt Connors
Ken Udle
Stuart Sipahigil


1 Comment

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