The Roberson Museum

Nature and art collide at Binghamton’s Roberson Museum and Science Center.

The Roberson Museum and Science Center is one of two museums that is displaying the new Nature’s Best Photography exhibit. The exhibit, which is also being shown at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, is a collection of some of nature’s finest moments. The photos have been selected out of more than 500,000 submissions to National Geographic from the past 20 years.

The exhibit highlights photographs of Earth’s most breathtaking landscapes, stunning creatures, and surprising behaviors, with each photographer capturing the ideal moment of encounter.

I enjoyed curation of the exhibit, which artfully positioned each photo into a sequence, with warm and cool colors being grouped together. It also went beyond color coordination, with stoic portraits of predators being contrasted against tender and affectionate moments. The photos were strong alone, but the precise balance throughout the series of photos also made them strong as a group.

Some of the photos, such as Great Frigatebird Feathers and Eye of a Neotropical Green Anole, are more detail oriented, creating abstract images that reveal details not usually noticed by the human eye. Others focus on the bigger picture, relying on the perfect situation to come together in one exciting moment.

Brown Bear, by Tin Man Lee, shows a grizzly bear directly leaping at the camera. Lee, after spending six days looking for bears, found huge grizzlies in an icy river. He crouched down in the freezing water and waited until he could capture a shot of the bear pouncing towards him with an explosive splash of water. Lee explains in the description that “It was, perhaps, the greatest moment of my life.”

The exhibit reminds viewers of the delicate balance that goes into finding the optimal moment of interaction between photographer, subject, and surrounding.

Nature’s Best Photography will be on display at the Roberson Museum and Science Center through June 30th, 2017.

To learn more about the Roberson Museum visit: https://www.roberson.org/

 

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Celebrating our Local Businesses

Imagine you’ve just finished college, you’re excited to finally begin your career, you go to interview after interview trying to find a job in your field—but nothing. This scenario echoes the findings of a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The article in the Washington Post goes on to describe how around 27% of college graduates have jobs in their field of study, which begs the question “If I can’t find a job in my field what do I do?”

You make the opportunity.

That is the heart of entrepreneurship. We all have dreams of what we want to do. We know what it is we want but very few of us are willing to go after it. So what do we do? We try and find a job that almost fits our dream. Entrepreneurs create their dreams.

Many of our students at Binghamton have similar goals and aspirations. We believe that showing off our local startups and businesses it will inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, or at the very least open students eyes to all the amazing things this area has to offer. In the following weeks our intern Julia Carmel will be visiting some of those places and telling us all about them. We hope you’ll enjoy visiting these places as much as we do.

 

The Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships

copy-of-img_1682Our office has been tasked with helping grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem here in Binghamton. To meet that goal, we work in a number of ways and with a litany of groups. Whether you’re a small business looking to meet with other businesses, or a student startup looking for guidance we can help.

Our office holds monthly mixers to bring together the entrepreneurial community, our monthly SUNY BEST discusses topics as they relate to our community. We have a student incubator on campus to help grow and mentor our student startups. Our staff works tirelessly to support and help bring to life the ideas of our local entrepreneurs. This blog is our way of supporting and showcasing to our students the best Binghamton has to offer.