VIEWS & VISTAS
Natural beauty, stunning landscape, by local artists

Shepaug Tunnel, Washington CT Apr 2013

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THIS MONTH'S FEATURED ARTIST

Christy Butler

A USAF, Vietnam Veteran, Christy Butler acquired his first 35mm, SLR camera in Da Nang. Switching from engineering in college, he discovered that the visual arts of photography, film making, mass communications and marketing were subjects that he excelled in. Early on he was published in MSPCA Animals Magazine, calendars,  literary magazines, special corporate events, and weddings. When asked if he’s a professional photographer, he will modestly reply that he is either a “Professional Amateur or an Amateur Professional.” At the turn of the millennium, he received several grants to collect veteran’s photographs— from any veteran, from anywhere, from anytime and from any service. With these he created “Veteran’s Shoebox Photos.” This project is now a collection of over 5,000 images, from over 150 veterans and reflects the military experience from those who served. Visit www.shoeboxphotos.net

“Truly, I am a New England Yankee. I just love the nooks and crannies found within each state. New England with its natural beauty in the mountains, fields and streams, coupled with rich colonial or industrial history seems to be never fully explored.”  Since 2001, with his wife Jan, Christy has produced several posters: “Waterfalls of Berkshire County, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Connecticut.” Their last poster is “New England Beaches.” Visit www.berkshirephotos.com

Just this past year, Christy Butler completed an excellent book with renowned author Russell Dunn Connecticut Waterfalls: A Guide. (See our past article on it here.) “This was a real treat to explore and photograph many of the unique and beautiful waterfalls found in the nooks and crannies of Connecticut.  With its rich history and cultural activities, I have discovered that Connecticut seems to be never ending also.” For more information: chrisjan@berkshirephotos.com