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Hastings Photographer Showcases the Seasons

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Many may not realize it at first, but Frederick Charles’ photographs on display in the Municipal Building were all taken in the same exact location at various times over the course of a single year. The positioning of each photo was painstakingly recreated as to help illustrate the changes over the course of the year, hence the gallery title--The Seasons and Other Landscapes. 

Charles works primarily in architectural photography, but said that working with natural landscapes is something that cannot be matched.

“Subtlety is part of the sublime of nature,” he said.

A 20-year Hastings resident and a former president of the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct, Charles said he truly appreciates the beauty of his surroundings. That’s why he chose the Dr. Davies Farm apple orchards on the back of the Palisades for his photography project, which was originally featured on the pages of Life magazine.

“It’s every kid’s dream to work for Life magazine if you’re into photography,” he said.

The gallery is open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week until Jan. 29 in the Municipal Building. The project features a collection of photos taken from 1995-1996 of the same Palisades landscape located mere miles from the village. 

“I think that’s a very unique thing,” he said. “If you’re having a sleepless night then you can come here.”

Local artists’ work is often put on display in the Municipal Building’s hallways, which is why Charles was so pleasantly surprised by the turnout for his gallery’s opening.

“The show’s had a great response, we had about 70 to 80 people come to the opening,” Charles said. “That’s nearly one percent of Hastings.”

Even though the images are nearly 15 years old, Charles believes the quality of the photos are unmatched because of the way they were captured.

“Film is very unforgiving,” he said. “It’s not easy to make things look great on film.  That’s why there are movie stars. They’re so incredibly beautiful that cameras won’t wreck their features. Making landscapes, making things look great on film is a challenge.”

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