My Application to the Iordan/Leonard/Mutch/Wolfson-Foster School of Fine Arts

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© Richard Knight
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UploadedJune 30, 2010
TakenMarch 22, 2010
ModelCanon EOS REBEL T1i
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[St. Albans Bay, Vermont, on the shores of Lake Champlain, March 2000]

I was in Stowe, Vermont several years ago for a ski vacation when I decided to take the day off and drive to St. Albans, Vermont. St. Albans was – unbelievably – the site of a Civil War clash in late 1864. About twenty Confederate raiders entered the town from Canada and robbed three banks.

After visiting the local sites, I drove down to the shores of Lake Champlain and discovered a world that seemed frozen in time.

As you can tell from the title, I am applying to the ILMW-F School of Fine Arts. To enhance my application and improve my chance of admission, I am going to include some examples of my “fine art.”

As always, thanks for stopping by!

[I am in Washington for the next 4 days and will not have a lot of free time, but I promise to catch up with your photos.]

64 responses

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (30 Jun 2010):

    You do seem to find some interesting landmarks on your travels and I'll bet this place would have some equally good stories to tell if it could talk...I love the decorative framing aournd the windows and above the door and I'll bet this wasn't a bad looking place in its earlier years. Have a good time in Washington.

  • Chris Sanford

    Chris Sanford (Deleted) gave props (30 Jun 2010):

    Excellent picture, Richard! There is some pretty strange history here in the Northeast - Including Fenian Raids into Canada! :>)

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (30 Jun 2010):

    Sir R... the expansive sky, the delapidated building, and gasoline tanks.... application approved. !

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (30 Jun 2010):

    Fantastic... this would do well in the theme "if objects could talk". I'll bet it was considered fancy in its day. I love it!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (30 Jun 2010):

    A fine photo! If you need a personal reference to get into the school, just let me know. I can personally refer you to someone. No charge, I'm just nice that way!! LOL This is a really cool shot, but would you mind going back....I'd love a close-up of those old gas pumps. ☺

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (30 Jun 2010):

    Awesome point and shoot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! keep up the great work.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (30 Jun 2010):

    Your letter of acceptance is on it's way Sir Knight. Also, you will be receiving a ILMW-F School of Fine Arts t-shirt and backpack....and, a bill iao $25,000.00, for your first semester (books included). It is an honour to welcome such a talented photographer to our small, yet prestigious family. Sincerely, ~ Ms.W-F, 1-of-4 Deans of Admission

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (30 Jun 2010):

    Nice work Dick!

  • Charlie Noble

    Charlie Noble (Deleted) gave props (30 Jun 2010):

    What a shot! Congrats on already being granted the opportunity to join the student ranks of ILMW-F wear the t-shirt with pride! (psst. Maura, what is the schools mascot? LOL)

  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski gave props (30 Jun 2010):

    Nice find and capture -- I love how you always know the history of where you go.

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne gave props (1 Jul 2010):

    I should think this would qualify you for admission!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (1 Jul 2010):

    You are a busy man with all the clubs you've joined. :) Fantastic shot and history info!!

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (1 Jul 2010):

    Hmmm... I'm still thinking... Oh, it's fabulous!!! You're in! Those gas tanks are over the top. What a find. I hope you'll do our school proud (pay your tuition well in advance), and wear that t-shirt proud (wait, don't we have tattoo-requirements also?). Great image, Sir Richard!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (1 Jul 2010):

    Well,,Richard,,I think you have gone "Out" of your box with this one,,,absolutely great, and yes,great teachers of course lol,,,seriously a great shot

  • dana io

    dana io said (1 Jul 2010):

    I think you're not only in, but you're already out: graduating magna cum laude, leaving behind all the other derelict products, averaged and stripped off of whatever crown they thought they had, and installing your red gas station as a badge of infinite Vermontian superiority.The blue sky is the witness to it all. : ) Wonderful!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (1 Jul 2010):

    Richard, Wonderful! As always, a great narrative to accompany a fine photo!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (1 Jul 2010):

    A wonderful composition, Dick! You find such great points of interest.

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (1 Jul 2010):

    Fantastic image Dick and well worth the admisson approval !!!!!!!wonderful work my friend!!!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (1 Jul 2010):

    Great two pumps out front probly still have .25cent a gal. as the price. Nice shot.

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (1 Jul 2010):

    Nice entry and thanks for the history.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (1 Jul 2010):

    I'll back your application any time Richard!! What a grand old place this would have been back in its time....and then turned into a petrol station? What a come down for it! I love places where progress has halted at the entrance.

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (1 Jul 2010):

    I really loved what Dana said!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (1 Jul 2010):

    My sincere thanks to everyone for these exceptionally kind remarks. I was using a second-hand camera I bought from Damark (remember them?) for $29. It worked well. And I am delighted that the ILMW-F School of Fine Arts has accepted my application. I had to tap a Trust fund and endow two academic chairs to achieve this result, but anything is possible! Debra, thanks for the spotlight! Maria, I have no tats, so I will wear longsleeve turtlenecks and smoke Galois cigarettes. Dana, we try to go to Stowe every couple of years and, when we do, we stay at the von Trapp Lodge. Ah yes, "Vermontian" superiority! LOL. Thanks again, everyone!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (2 Jul 2010):

    Dick, this is outstanding! I love it!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (2 Jul 2010):

    Beautiful composition! Nice work.

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (2 Jul 2010):

    LOL @ Maura........ Great photo, Dick....

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (3 Jul 2010):

    Fantastic the narrative and history tidbit..

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (3 Jul 2010):

    love this shot! are those gas pumps or coke machines?

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (3 Jul 2010):

    Great shot

  • Linny Bee

    Linny Bee gave props (3 Jul 2010):

    neat story!

  • Meta Oset

    Meta Oset (Deleted) gave props (4 Jul 2010):

    O my , LOL @ Dana and Richard, the photo and narration is fantastic !

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (4 Jul 2010):

    F A B U L O U S h o t !

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (4 Jul 2010):

    LOL@ the comments, Dick this is awesome!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (4 Jul 2010):

    Love this! Utterly quaint and delapidated... what stories this little gem could tell, if only buildings could talk! Great shot and I love the narrative!!!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (5 Jul 2010):

    What a wonderful old building, love the doors and windows...

  • Paul Bate

    Paul Bate (Deleted) gave props (5 Jul 2010):

    Great shot

  • Kris C

    Kris C gave props (6 Jul 2010):

    Great Shot!!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (6 Jul 2010):

    WOW! My kind of scenery Dick, love the rustic charm building and that petrol bowser - :)

  • Juanita Vivas

    Juanita Vivas (Deleted) gave props (6 Jul 2010):

    What a neat old place...and a great capture of past times!!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (7 Jul 2010):

    Wow, Dick, this is great! Super find and shot! I am glad to see the American Pickers haven't gotten to those gas pumps. hahaha Cool historical info.

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner gave props (7 Jul 2010):

    Great find and great shot !!!!

  • Gregory Mencotti

    Gregory Mencotti gave props (7 Jul 2010):

    Wonderful photo and your typically interesting commentary. Dick. What's not to love?

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (7 Jul 2010):

    a lovely capture from a beautiful corner of the world

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (8 Jul 2010):


  • jen bellefleur

    jen bellefleur gave props (9 Jul 2010):

    i DO remember Damark! and, Mig spent a large amount of his childhood in Hardwick VT. this is an excellent little shot of abandoned loveliness, and, I love the gas pumps.........

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (10 Jul 2010):

    Great rural photo, a keeper.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (12 Jul 2010):

    You are definitely accepted with this sample image, RV! great find and capture!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (13 Jul 2010):

    Truly a winner, Sir Richard.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (14 Jul 2010):

    Awesome! Awesome!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (14 Jul 2010):

    Thank you, everyone, for your very generous comments. Vermont has a rugged beauty about it.

  • Billy Houckham

    Billy Houckham said (14 Jul 2010):

    And check the oil,great picture.

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (15 Jul 2010):

    Oh nice find!!

  • Julie V McKinney

    Julie V McKinney gave props (18 Jul 2010):

    Oh this is beautiful! I like this ALOT

  • Liz A######

    Liz A###### (Deleted) gave props (20 Jul 2010):

    Great shot, and congratulations!

  • Kaki J. Luitjens

    Kaki J. Luitjens said (21 Jul 2010):

    What an awesome fine! Great tones...beautiful!

  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (30 Jul 2010):

    You shouldn't have a problem getting in, Dick.

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt said (14 Aug 2010):

    This is great! Think it may be haunted???

  • Nicolette de Joncaire

    Nicolette de Joncaire   gave props (1 Sep 2010):

    Fine photo

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (22 Sep 2010):

    WONDERFUL SHOT!!! historical petrol pump?

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (22 Sep 2010):

    Lots of appreciation for you...

  • Art Lover

    Art Lover gave props (9 Oct 2010):

    I enjoy the old and rustic. This is an amazing capture... It makes you wonder what it was like back in the day..

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (5 Nov 2010):

    ...when the postman rings twice

  • Jean Creamer

    Jean Creamer gave props (11 Jan 2011):

    Really neat old building. I love to photograph of structures! Well done!

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (20 Nov 2011):

    Awesome find!

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