Finding My Valley: A Search for Connection and Meaning in the Pioneer Valley Landscape

Th 3/5 — 7:00–9:00pm
Location: Main Building on Main Campus


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Instructor/Presenter: Michael Zide

From 1982 to the present, I have been actively photographing in the Pioneer Valley. The presentation examines my own search for meaning in the work that I have created in our Valley and how "sense of place" and “perception bias” ties my photography into a cohesive body of work.

As a photographic educator, I am interested in exploring the evolution of personal vision and believe firmly that all art is a reflection of one’s lifetime of experience, whether positive or not. By examining what I consider the influences upon my life growing up in Los Angeles, and later photographing the landscape of Martha’s Vineyard for 13 years previous to relocating to Amherst, MA, I hope that you find my presentation both informative and eye opening for what uncommon beauty I have found in the landscape that can often be taken for granted.

Michael Zide has been a TedX presenter as well as presenting many programs to school and adult groups.

The Pioneer Valley Institute has been bringing programs to the public since 1989—resources designed to explore the rich and unique character of the Connecticut River Valle and its past, present and future. We offer the Valley's only varied series of workshops, field trips and lectures relating to the Valley. All programs sponsored by PVI are open to the public for free or at a modest cost. Please note that cash is not accepted for event registration.