WorkSmart is honored to exhibit the works of Bob McDermott. Through his photos Bob shares with us his love for travel.
Bob McDermott taught high school and college classes in history and psychology for thirty-four years in and around New York City before retiring and moving to Chestertown. There he now lives with his lovely wife Linda. Traveling has always been in his blood and these days he continues his wanderings around the globe with Linda by his side.
Ever interested in other cultures and the natural world that houses their societies, Bob has journeyed to all seven continents and enjoyed their people, their flora and fauna, and their breathtaking landscapes. Although he is wont to favor North America as the most spectacular of all, his photos detail the wonders of our entire world.
In recent years Bob and Linda have traveled to places as exotic as Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica, Vietnam, the Amazon, the Galapagos, Patagonia, Easter Island, Africa, India, Norway's Svalbard Island in the Arctic Ocean (think polar bears), Central America, and Cuba, and places more domestic in the American Southwest, Florida, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada from Cape Breton Island in the east to the Yukon in the northwest, and nearby New England. All were grand destinations and eminently photographic. What a lovely planet we inhabit. In 2018 they spent the month of June sailing from Rome to Malta in the Mediterranean, followed by cruising up the Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest. And in 2019, they sailed the Mississippi from New Orleans to Memphis. Tough work but someone has to do it. Bringing back photos to share is our job now.
The teacher in Bob drives him to photograph his expeditions and present the view of life therein imbedded to any and all who might find it interesting. In 2009 he and Linda offered a solo show of photographs taken on a long voyage sailing along the Atlantic Ridge (nestled in the ocean between Africa and South America) at North Creek's Tannery Pond Civic Center, and then again in 2015 they presented "Africart" there detailing 2013 travels through South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Then too, every November their most current visuals are displayed in the Ruplin Gallery of the Chestertown public library. In addition, in January of 2013 Bob displayed photos at Willows Bistro, Warrensburg, of journeys made with Linda by his side. As we remember, penguins predominated! Then again at The Willows in 2017, a retrospective of a decade’s worth of travel pictures.
Bob is a member of both LARAC (Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council), having exhibited his work in juried art shows at its Glens Falls gallery, and NCA (North Country Arts), contributing pictures to its regular Glens Falls exhibits. His landscapes have also been juried into the NCA annual Summer Photography Show at Glens Falls’ Crandall Library where in 2014, he was awarded a first place Juror's Choice Award.
If you are a traveler, even an armchair one, or if you are a tourist, especially an adventurous one, you are sure to find these photographs beguiling, perhaps whimsical, and always created with love for subject and respect for the viewing patron of the arts. Enjoy!
Stop in to view Bob’s exhibit at WorkSmart this summer.
Bob McDermott Chestertown, NY