By DAVID L. PODOS
LITTLE FALLS – “An Erie Canal Odyssey,” a photographic display by local resident Frank Forte, is now showing at the Little Falls library.
In the exhibit, Forte, an award-winning photographer, shares ten vivid, multi-image panels that depict communities, structures, boats, people and activities along the canals of New York State. A number of Forte’s pictures that are on display are from local canal locks.
His iconic picture of a tugboat titled “Erie” won first place in the Classics Canals category of the 2019 Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor. Forte’s photographs have been exhibited at Munson-Willams-Proctor Arts Institute’s annual art festival, the Edith Barrett Fine Arts Gallery at Utica College, the Gannett Art Gallery at SUNY Polytechnic Institute and most recently the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse.
Forte bought his first single lens reflex camera in 1965.
“I was living in New York City at the time,” he said. “I was visiting many art museums – I was very much in an art mode so all this inspired me. When I returned back home I always enjoyed seeing the boats go through the canal system. There are still many working tug boats on the canals. So, whenever I saw one I would take out my camera and take a picture. The setting in the canal is also beautiful, framing these boats as they go through.”
Forte currently resides with his wife Caren, in the town of Fairfield.
The Little Falls Library is located at 10 Waverly Pl., Little Falls. They are open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. It is closed on Sunday.
Forte’s photographes will be on display through April.