Image City Photography Gallery
Issue: # 25 December 12, 2009

We take this opportunity to let you know about our exhibits with a brief newsletter describing the shows, passing along some photo tips and other items of interest. We will also enjoy pointing out some exceptional photographs for you. We hope you enjoy it and have had an opportunity to visit each of our 13 shows at Image City in 2009. At year end, we would like to thank you for all of your interest and support. We look forward another great year of superb photography exhibits and events planned for 2010.

In This Issue
Holiday Show
Peter Marr's Picks from the Current Show
Gary Thompson's Photo Tip
Calendar of Upcoming Events at Image City
Holiday Show 2009

Current Show Runs Through Wednesday, December 23

Of the 5th Annual Holiday Show 2009 Peter Marr notes that "this impressive exhibition by all of the Gallery Partners, Artists-in-Residence and distinguished Guest Artists, has combined their considerable photographic talents, to give us a Holiday Show, par excellence. This eclectic exhibition has a sustained quality and incredible versatility, that certainly makes it the finest Holiday Show that the Gallery has ever put together." For the show the Gallery Partners Daniel P. Crozet, Joel Krenis, Gil Maker, Don Menges, Dan Neuberger, Betsy Phillips, Gary Thompson, Phyllis Thompson, Sheridan Vincent, and George Wallace have taken over the wall space, Artist-in-Residence Jim Patton and David Perlman are in the East Gallery. Guest Photographers Peter Bilous, Bruce Elling, Tim Hack, Steve Levinson, Peter Marr, Scott Matyjaszek, David Picciotto and Steve Seidman round out the show. We also have Camera Rochester photographers Bev Cronkite, Jim Flannigan, Earl Jackson, Susan Kaye, Thomas McGlynn and John Williamson displaying individual award winning photographs from Camera Rochester competitions.
For full details of the show click here where you will find a link for our "Preview of the Show" and also the Peter's Picks link. 
Picks of the Show
Peter Marr Picks his Favorites from the Exhibit

It is a regular feature in our newsletter to include Peter Marr's selections from the exhibit.  Excerpts from Peter's discussion are included here, but, you will want to go to the webpage link to see larger images and the full write-up; or even better yet, stop by the gallery to see them in person.
Commenting on Bev Cronkite's Giraffes, shown at right, Peter felt that it is "one of the finest, meaningful double images that I have ever seen. The superimposition of the three giraffes with the astoundingly similar petroglyphs  is simply amazing and awe-inspiring. Not only are the animal forms strikingly comparable, the dominant reddish-brown color of the foreground ruminants matches the red sandstone rock almost perfectly.
Peter's next selection Burnished Metal #12, at left, is one by Steve Levinson where Peter observed that  "meaningful art is mind changing, and these beautiful prints are great examples of how Steve has liberated his vision and increased his photographic artistry.  My other favorite print is Burnished Metal Arrow which has a wonderful warm color quality, and is full of flowing lines and intricate detail, conjuring up numerous scenarios that excite the visual cortex which I would like to reflect on at a later date.  In Burnished Metal #12, we have a dynamic vertical print of boundless visual richness, interspersed with powerful etchings and vibrations."  
The third of Peter's Picks is by Bruce Elling, "photography is an art of observation, and it is everything to do with the way that you see the subject. One of my favorite Taoist quotations is, 'The eye that is penetrating sees clearly, and the understanding that is penetrating has virtue'.  Bruce has that vision, distinctly shown in his excellent exhibition of prints that show a creative use of color, line, shape, form, value and negative space. As Beaumont Newhall has so eloquently stated, 'We are not interested in the unusual, but in the usual seen unusually'.   Beautifully illustrative of this quotation is the stellar triptych Playground Colors shown below." 
With his last Peter's Pick selection  Peter comments that Scott Matyjaszek's  "unique, superb collages are an utter joy to look at, to wander in and out of, to explore both visually and mentally, and of course to admire and to fully appreciate the artistic skills of the author.  These collages are impressive examples of breaking through stereotyped perception...." choosing "... SFBRED, (shown below) where the striking red elements dominate the scene.  What is truly significant, is that the door is not barred, but left deliberately ajar, but only slightly. This gives us less time to admire the overall image, so that our senses and cerebral processes can explore any mystery that we can dream up, of what we cannot visually see."
 We are pleased to point out that Peter Marr is one of our Guest Photographers for the Holiday Show 2009. You will marvel at the fantastic nature photographs he is exhibiting. We thank him for his continuing contributions to Image City for both his photographs and his insight and entertaining discussions with "Peter's Picks."
Gary Thompson's Photo Tip of the Month
Simulating Depth in Semi-Abstracts
While photographing a red door in Taos Pueblo, NM, I noticed a brown post off to my left. The post was  supporting a roof like structure over the doorway. Realizing that I was using a traditional two dimensional perspective which would come across quite planar, I moved back away from the door and reframed my image to include the post.  A longer lens was needed to maintain the door's perceived size and to keep it's strategic position one-third over and one-third down in the frame. 
By including the post I was able to create a better feeling of depth as compared to shooting the door in isolation.It was important to leave a little space on the left of the post to provide balance and to enhance the feeling of the third dimension.I focused on the side of the post and stopped the aperture down to f-22 to insure sharpness throughout the image.Though it is good to strive for minimalization, sometimes it is desirable to include a foreground or framing element to simulate depth even in a semi-abstract or isolation image.
Click Here to see a larger version of Red Door at Taos and to review the other photographs in the series and the tips Gary has written
Show Opens January 2 
WoW!! Theme ShowAs we wind down 2009, we are actively anticipating and preparing the start of a new year and especially our third juried theme show -- WoW!!  Between the holidays, we will be installing the show and expect that WoW!! will be the word to describe the reactions to the exhibit. In this quick note we suggest marking your calendar -- our opening reception weekend will be Saturday January 2 from 1pm to 7pm and Sunday January 3 from noon to 4pm. We are pleased that Hahn Photographic will sponsor WoW!!  We know you will enjoy the work of the photographers that has been selected for the WoW!! show that will run until Sunday, January 24. 
Daniel Crozet, Gallery Partner
Chairman of the 2010 Juried Show
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue 
December 23, 2009 Last day to purchase a wonderful photographic gift at Holiday Show 2009
December 24 - January 1, the gallery will be closed as we install the WoW!! Show
January 2, 2010 First day reception 1 - 7 pm WoW!! Show, sponsored by Hahn Photographic 
January 3, 2010 Second reception noon - 4 pm WoW!! Show, sponsored by Hahn Photographic
January 24, 2010 Last day of the WoW!! Juried theme Show

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