Comet NEOWISE, Fireflies and the Hudson Valley Dawn. Columbia County, NY

by Pete Mauney

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Artist Statement

With layers of multiple exposures of firefly activity over a single, exceptionally focused frame of the comet, Comet NEOWISE is a Mauney masterclass on perspective and relativity. Using space and time (and lots of cameras!), Mauney teaches us about the balance of chaos and harmony in our world, compressing time and space to show how much life happens in a single, quiet night both near and far. Mauney invites viewers to stand with him grounded only by the treeline in silhouette, and see all that occurs in those nocturnal hours. And it really is all relative.

Why We Love It

Traveling at about 2,000mph in reality, NEOWISE seemingly floats suspended amongst the stars in Mauney’s pre-dawn shot, contrasting with the luminous chaos in the foreground. With over twenty species of firefly in New York, each with its own flashy signal and pattern, these lightning bugs produce a nightly flight map that rivals NYC Metro Air Traffic.

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+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
+ Directly supports the artist
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches and maximum of 2.5” to allow for framing.

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Innova Exhibition Photo Baryta IFA 69

8"x10" | edition of 10
11"x14" | edition 100
16"x20" | edition of 25
24"x30" | edition of 10
30"x40" | edition of 5

Pete Mauney

Pete Mauney works in Tivoli, New York, where he lives with his photographer wife and two young children. He studied film at NYU before taking a break, eventually receiving his BA and then MFA in photography from Bard College. Having moved often growing up, he has rooted in Tivoli, where he has been for almost 25 years. Always a night person, he has been photographing in the dark since his first serious roll of film. Other than prowling around at night, he enjoys collecting old medical books and instruments, as well as having a substantial collection of other people's old... Read More
negatives. On all too rare occasions, he drum scans and posts selections on his blog: www.global-pillage.blogspot.com You can find more of his work on his website: www.ninetyninenorth.com
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