Ginny's Photography

Ginny's studio/gallery is located on the second floor at 114 W. Orange St. in downtown Lancaster. However, she has not spent any time there recently due to the demands of the antiques business. She is hoping to get back to creating more photographs in the near future.

 

  • Background
  • Mud Sales
  • Scanograms
  • Resumé

Background

Ginny first began using a camera in the 1970's to take photographs for advertisements for her antiques business and to illustrate articles that she wrote for publications on antiques. From 1995 to 2005 she photographed the Lancaster County Mud Sales that are held every spring on the grounds of the local fire halls.

In 2003 she became intrigued with creative image making using a camera and digital equipment. These images, called scanograms, are photographic in style but are created without a camera. The images that she has created are real representations of objects that appear to be doing impossible things.

Cover page for Cardonnacum, a place of thistles.In 2010 and 2011 she participated in the online photography project, Sofobomo. Photographers created and uploaded one or more digital books of images with all work on the projects taking place in the course of a 31 consecutive days between June 1 and July 31. This was an interesting challenge.

Her 2010 Sofobomo project was Cardonnacum: A Place of Thistles which was a photographic study of thistles growing along the sides of the roads in Lancaster County. Weeds are a favorite theme in her photography. The Sofobomo project that was online through 2011 is no more. After the original Sofobomo project ended, Cardonnacum: A Place of Thistles was moved to the files for this site and can be accessed by clicking here or on the cover image of Cardonnacum on the right. The size of that file is 6 MB.

Click here to access the pdf file of "How we hung our clothes".In 2011 her Sofobomo project was How we hung our clothes, a series of portraits of antique coat hangers. Ginny's pdf file of the online Sofobomo book of hanger photos can be accessed online by clicking here or on the image on the left. It is a 9 MB file.

Ginny has been active in the Lancaster County Art Association. She served on the board as President for 2 years and as Publicity Chair for 8 years.

Ginny still has a studio/gallery on the second floor at 114 W. Orange St. in downtown Lancaster. However, she has made the antiques business a priority in recent years. Consequently, she hasn't done much new art photography lately. She is hoping to get back to creating new photographs soon. She is on Facebook and maintains a personal page and a business page there.

Mud Sales

The White HorseBefore spring officially begins in Lancaster County, Pa, the Mud Sales begin.

Mud Sales are the Firemen's Benefit Auctions which are major fundraisers for the volunteer fire companies.

Local people, both "English" and Amish, turn out to support the firefighters by buying crafts, food, horses, farm equipment, buggies, rollerblades, washing machines, plants, kitchen sinks, bales of hay, furniture, kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, air conditioners, mules, quilts, goats, and home made ice cream.

The sales are held both inside buildings and outside but mostly outside. The ground usually is churned up into mud by the feet of hundreds of people. Thus the name: Mud Sales. "English" refers to those who are not Amish, Brethren or Old Order Mennonite. The towns where the Mud Sales are held are Strasburg, Bart, Gordonville, Penryn, Gap, Rawlinsville, and Refton.

Ginny photographed the merchandise being sold: the oldfashioned ringer washers, the horses, the buggies, speedboats with Amish boys sitting in them pretending, farm equipment which has a sculptural beauty as well as a utilitarian use, still lifes of rolled up hoses, children playing with the vendors' goods, Amish teenagers shooting each other with silly string.

She is drawn to take pictures of people from the Old Order groups interacting with objects that are not part of their culture. Young Amish boys always pedal furiously on the exercycle machines. Amish girls and boys pick up and handle the brightly colored plastic toys on the vendors' tables. Boys buy plastic squirt guns and pretend to shoot each other. Everyone watches the horse auctions. Amish men and boys attend the buggy auctions, looking to buy transportation. Children watch Ginny with her camera. Adults converse with each other and bid on the merchandise.

About photography and the Amish

Contrary to many popular conceptions, there are books, newspaper articles, TV programs, and movies which include images of the Amish. However, the Amish and members of several Old Order groups are not supposed to pose for pictures once they have officially joined the church. This puts them in an awkward position when people ask them to pose for the camera. They can be in pictures but they cannot pose. It is a sort of Catch 22.

The reason that they don't pose for pictures is that having photographs of oneself is considered vain and puts attention on the individual rather than the group. The group is of the highest priority in Amish life.

They don't officially join the church until they are in their late teens or early twenties. Before they join the church, they may pose for pictures without being in violaton of the rules.

If interested in reading more on the issue of Amish and photography, there is an interesting article at this link: The Amish and Photographs written by Brad Igou and published in 2001 in Amish Country News.


2015 Schedule of Fire Company Sales

When I went to the Mud Sales from the 1990's to the early 2000's, there were just a few sales: Strasburg, Bart, Gordonville, Gap, Rawlinsville, and Refton. Since then, sales have sprouted up like mushrooms during a rainy Spring! Here is the 2015 schedule of sales which includes 16 sales in Lancaster County, a sale in York County and two in Chester County.

Strasburg Fire Company Mud Sale - February 28, 2015

Strasburg is one of Lancaster County's' most beautiful small towns with a main street lined with houses built in the 18th and 19th centuries. From Route 30 go south on 896 to the center of Strasburg. Turn right (west) on Route 741. The Fire Company moved to Franklin St. in Strasburg in 2006. The sale is said to be held at 46 West Main St. (the old location before the fire company moved to Franklin St.).

  • Location of sale: 46 W. Main St., Strasburg, PA 17579. Phone: (717) 687-7232


Bart Fire Company Mud Sale - March 6 & 7 & March 21, 2015

Bart: From Route 30 go south on 896 to Strasburg. Take 896 from the center of Strasburg east to Georgetown where the Bart Fire Hall is. At Bart, at the first sale, they have a good horse auction. Before the horse auction starts, the Amish men hitch the horses up to surreys and run them around an adjacent track.

The boys usually play corner ball at Bart. In 2003 there was snow on the ground. Fog shrouded everything in a soft white haze so that the boys' solid blue and purple shirts stood out as the only color in a sea of neutral blacks, whites, and browns.

At the second Bart sale they sell building materials and other large items used in construction.

  • Location: 11 Furnace Rd., Quarryville, PA 17566. Phone: (717) 786-3348


Gordonville Fire Company Mud Sale - March 13 & 14, 2015

Gordonville: On Route 30 in Paradise turn north on Leacock Rd. at First Union Bank. Or from Old Philadelphia Pike (Route 340), go south on Old Leacock Rd.
Gordonville is a big sale. It sprawls. A road runs through the middle of it. On one side of the road is a field full of farm equipment, building materials, and buggies. A tent is set up to shelter the horses consigned for sale. On the other side of the road are vendors selling canned goods, roller blades, plastic toys, tube socks, fruits and vegetables, and crafts. Multiple auctions go on both inside and outside the buildings.

The horse auction is a lot of fun to watch at Gordonville. You can get close up to the action or you can watch from up on the hill.

The weather can be wild this time of year, windy, snowy or rainy, but hundreds of people turn out for Gordonville regardless of the weather. Gordonville is both a social event and a show of support for the volunteer firefighters. 2015 will be the 45th year for the sale in Gordonville.

  • Location: Old Leacock Rd., Gordonville, PA 17566. Phone: (717) 768-3869

 

Farmersville Fire Company Sale - March 19, 2015

  • Located at 74 East Farmersville Rd., Ephrata 17533

 

Penryn Volunteer Fire Company - March 20 & 21, 2015

The Penryn Fire Company sale was held for the first time in 2006. It was the first Lancaster County Mud Sale to be held north of the Route 23/340 corridor.

  • Located at 1441 North Penryn Rd., Manheim, PA 17545

 

Airville Fire Company Spring Consignment and Quilt Auction - March 21, 2015

  • Location: (York County) 3576 Delta Rd. (Rte. 74), Airville, PA 17302. (717) 862-3806


Gap Fire Company Mud Sale - March 27 & 28, 2015

East of Lancaster and just south of Route 30 is the town of Gap. The Mud Sale is held in front of, across the street from, and around the Fire Hall which on a side street off of Route 30. If you are on Route 41 very near Route 30, you can see the big tents set up for the sale.

The Gap sale is held on grounds that are relatively flat. I sometimes have stood on the bed of the flatbed trucks that are parked everywhere to get up higher with my camera.

A featured part of the Gap sale is the auction of the Amish buggies. Young Amish men and boys pull the buggies up in front of the auctioneer who calls out the bids. Bid spotters point dramatically to indicate new bids. An excitable auctioneer leaps in the air and shouts out the bids.

  • Location: 802 Pequea Ave., Gap, PA 17527 Phone: (717) 442-9549

 

Fivepointville Volunteer Fire Company Mud Sales - March 21, April 11, May 2

  • Location: 1087 Dry Tavern Rd., Denver, PA. (717) 445-4933

 

West Earl Fire Company Annual Quilt & Consignment Auction - March 28, 2015

  • Location: West Earl Fire Company, 14 School Lane, Brownstown, PA 17508. Phone (No Sunday calls.): (717) 989-5986

 

Wakefield: Robert Fulton Fire Company - April 4, 2015

  • Location: 2271 Robert Fulton Hwy., Peach Bottom, PA 17563. (717) 548-8995.


Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company Mud Sale - April 11, 2015

  • Location: 33 Martic Heights Drive, Holtwood, PA 17532. Phone: (717) 284-3023

 

Honeybrook Fire Company Quilt Sale & Consignment Auction - May 9, 2015

  • Location: (Chester County) Honeybrook Fire Company, Romano 4-H Center, 1841 Horseshoe Pike, Honeybrook, PA 19344. Phone: (610) 273-2688

 

Weaverland Valley Volunteer Fire Company Sale - May 16, 2015

  • Location: Terre Hill Community Park, 210 Lancaster Ave., Terre Hill. Phone: (717) 445-5072

 

Kinzer Fire Company Mud Sale - June 13, 2015

  • Location: 3521 Lincoln Highway East (Rte. 30), Kinzers, PA 17535. Phone: (717) 442-4121

 

Lancaster County Carriage and Antique Auction - June 26, 2015

  • Location: Bird-in-Hand Volunteer Fire Company, Across from the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant, Rte. 340, Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505. Phone: (717) 392-0112


Refton Volunteer Fire Company (tentative date) - June 27, 2015

Refton: From the city of Lancaster go south on 222. Continue south on 222. Turn right at the sign for the town of Refton. Watch for signs for the sale. The Fire Company is on a side street on the left off the main street in Refton. The Refton sale tends to be the hottest, most humid, least muddy Mud Sale.

  • Location: 99 Church St., Refton, PA 17568. Phone: (717) 786-9462

 

Intercourse Fire Company Auction - August 14 & 15, 2015

  • Location: 10 New Hollander Rd., Intercourse, PA. Phone: (717) 768-3402

 

Bareville Volunteer Fire Company Auction - August 22, 2015 (tentative)

  • Location: 211 W. Main St., Leola, PA. Phone: (717) 656-7554

 

Cochranville Fire Company Mud Sale - October 24

  • Location: (Chester County) 3135 Limestone Rd. Cochranville, PA. Phone: (610) 593-5800

 

Scanograms

Walking on Eggshells, a scanogramA scanogram is an image composed of two and three dimensional objects placed on the bed of a scanner. Detail can be exquisite in the areas where the objects are within the scanner's depth of field. What is "up" or "down" or "in motion" or within the depth of field is in the control of the image maker.

Ginny is interested in playing with the depiction of gravity, up, down, space, abstraction, motion, and reality. While a scanner has a short depth of field of a fraction of an inch, the blackness of the space that the scanner sensor can't reach expands the sense of depth rather than shortening it.

In addition to using unaltered three dimensional objects on the bed of the scanner, Ginny creates other objects to be scanned such as drawings or paintings or cut out shapes. The resulting image is part reality, part fantasy.

Scanograms have a historical antecedent in the photogram. A photogram is created by putting objects on top of photo sensitive paper and exposing the paper to light. The paper is then processed normally. Usually this process is done using an enlarger in a darkroom but it can be done without an enlarger using photosensitive materials with objects laid on top and exposing the assemblage to light. The artist Man Ray and other artists of the Bauhaus school are among those who worked with photograms.

Ginny has always loved old things. She loves their patina, their history, their associations to families, to a different time. She has photographed still lifes using old objects such as antique shoes, hats, and fabric. Her goal is to portray these objects in a whimsical way that shows their beauty and creates a visual story. The details of the story are left to the imagination of the viewer.

What she likes about creating images this way is that it offers a different way to tell a story. It is up to her as the image creator to make up the details of the story in a way that is somewhat believable. Since she has been a writer too, this is a process that gives her a great deal of pleasure.

The scanograms are progressing from still lifes to landscapes to explorations of Ginny's feelings about aging, mortality, and limitations.

 

 

Selected Awards & Exhibits

2008

  • The Michael Engle Award, Lancaster County Art Association's most prestigious award. Presented May 1, 2008 in Recognition of Exceptional Distinguished Service to the Lancaster County Art Association.

2007

  • First Place in Photography as Fine Art II, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA, Juror: Tom Beck, May 17 to September 9.
  • Women's Expressions 2007 Exhibit, invitational exhibit of the work of women artists, Lancaster Women & Babies Hospital, Lancaster, PA, April 1–21.
  • The Selective Eye: exhibit of the work of 11 Lancaster County photographers at the Rothman Gallery, Phillips Museum of Art, F&M College, Lancaster, PA, March 8–April 15.

2006

Pumpkin Spider
  • Women Artists Invitational Exhibit, York Art Association, November 5–26.
  • Night Gallery II Exhibit: “Creepy Creatures” Award, Lancaster County Art Association, October 28
  • First Place in the Photography Category, Lancaster County Art Association's Annual Juried Exhibit, Juror: Richard Rosenfeld, June 11-July 22.
  • Honorable Mention, York Art Association Spring Membership ShowFirst Place, The Garden Show, a membership show at the Lancaster County Art Association, Feb. 19-March 25.

2005

Ten Pears, a scanogram

  • Photography Exhibition, 5 Photographers, Art Association of Harrisburg, Oct. 22-Nov. 23
  • Alternative Visions, Alternative Processes, Chesapeake Gallery, Harford Community College, Bel Air, Maryland, June 1 to September 9.

Walking on Eggshells, a scanogram

  • Women’s Expressions Art Exhibit, Women & Babies Hospital, Lancaster, PA, March 28-April 15.
  • The Shapes of Nature & Nurture, Two Person Exhibit, Pearl Conard Gallery, Ohio State University, January 6-30.

2004

  • First Place, Lancaster County Art Association Members Show, Oct. 3-Nov. 6
  • First Place Photography, York Art Association Juried Show, Oct. 3-Nov. 6
  • Fruits of My Flatbed Garden. Lancaster County Art Association, March 28-April 24, Strasburg, PA
  • 12th Annual Phillips Mill Photographic Exhibit, May 16-June 6, 2004
  • Photography 23, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ. Jan. 31-Feb. 29. Juror: Ruth Thorne-Thomson.

2003

  • Philadelphia Sketch Club Photography 2003, Oct. 26-Nov. 15.
  • First and Third Place Photography Juried All Media Show York Art Assocation, Oct.-Nov.
  • Best in Show, Fancy Footwork, Art Association of Harrisburg Membership Show Sept. - Oct.
  • 13th Annual New Images Exhibition: A Juried Photo Competition for the Mid-Atlantic States. James Madison University New Image Gallery. Sept. 5-Oct. 21. Juror: Peter Plagens.
  • First Place in Photography, Lancaster County Art Association Juried Exhibit, Strasburg, Pa. June 15-July 19.
  • Honorable Mention, Art of the State Exhibition, The State Museum. Harrisburg, June 14-Sept. 14.
  • Women’s Expressions Art Exhibit, Women & Babies Hospital, Lancaster, Pa, May 9-30.
  • The Manipulated Image, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts. May 2-June 29.
  • Photospiva 2003, April 11-May 18. George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO. Juror: Robert Parke Harrison.
  • San Diego Art Institute 2003 46th Annual International Exhibition, May 3-June 15.
  • Toys & Games in Art 2003-2004 Exhibit, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, Alaska, June 2003-May 2004.
  • Third Place, Bethesda International Photography Competition, Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD, March 14 – April 9,. Juror: Philip Brookman, Senior Curator for
  • Photography and the Media Arts at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C..
  • First Place in Photography/Prints Division, Midland Arts Association and Museum of the Southwest Spring Juried Art Exhibition, Midland, Texas, March 6 – 30.
  • Mute, National All-Media Juried Show, Cade Art Gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD, March 5 – April 4. Juror: Richard Torchia.
  • Best Out of State Artist, Arts in Harmony ‘03, Elk River Area Arts Alliance, Elk River, MN, Feb. 3–March 28.
  • Honorable Mention, Woodmere Art Museum 63rd Annual Juried Exhibition, Phila., Pa, Jan. 25 – March 30.
  • First Place, Cool Colors Exhibit, Lancaster County Art Assoc, Members’ Show, Strasburg, Pa. Jan. 12-Feb. 8,.
  • Just Color, ArtForms Gallery, Manayunk, Pa. Jan. 30-Feb. 23.

2002

Corner Ball, a photograph of the game played at the Gordonville Mud Sale

  • Peninsula Fine Arts Center Photography First Place Award, Biennial 2002, September 14- November 3, 2002, Newport News, Va. Juror: Philip Pearlstein.
  • Third Place, Camera Club of New York’s 2002 National Photographic Competition, October 19-November 23. Juror: W. M. Hunt, Director of Photography at the Ricco-Maresca Gallery, NYC.
  • Third Place, Fall Membership Show, Lancaster County Art Association, Strasburg, Pa, September. Lancaster County Art Association

The Buggy Sale, photograph of an Amish boy at the Gap Mud Sale

  • First Place, PhotoSpiva 2002 National Fine Art Competition, George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO, May 4-June 9.
  • Photowork ‘02, 15th Annual National Juried Photography Exhibition of the Barrett Art Center Galleries, Poughkeepsie, NY. Juror: Barbara Head Millstein, Curator of Photography at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, NYC.
  • First Place: A Closer Look: Photography & Photorealism. Art Center School and Galleries, Mechanicsburg, PA, February.

1994-99

  • Third Place Elizabethtown College Spring Arts Festival 1995. Juror: Ken Johnson, Contributing Editor to Art in America.
  • Second Place Lancaster Summer Arts Festival, Photographic Visions 1999.
  • Art of the State, State Museum, Harrisburg, Pa. 1995
  • Honorable Mention, Art of the State, State Museum, Harrisburg, Pa , 1994

Publications

  • Susquehanna Association for the Blind 2005 Calendar
  • Lancaster County Magazine, March 2003, Feature Article about Virginia Caputo and the Mud Sale photographs: Muddied Memories.
  • Susquehanna Style, April 2002. Parting Shot: Scenes from the Mud Sales of Lancaster County.
  • Maine Antique Digest. Feature Article with text & photography by Ginny: Robert Kautzman, Vac Hunter, March 2001.
  • Maine Antique Digest, Feature Article with text & photography by Ginny: A Conversation with Frank Whitson, August 1992.
    Collections
  • Lancaster General Women & Babies' Hospital, Lancaster, PA