Image City Photography Gallery
Issue: # 26 January 8, 2010

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 2010. We look forward to another great year of fabulous photographs and events.

In This Issue
WoW!! Show
Peter Marr's Picks from the Current Show
Gary Thompson's Photo Tip
Call for Submissions - High Falls Gallery
Artist's Reception Guilded Square Gallery - Margaret Beth Cragg Bigelow
Calendar of Upcoming Events at Image City
Wow!! Our 3rd Juried Show

Current Show Runs Through Sunday, January 24

By all accounts the WoW!! show has been a success. With more than 500 visitors during our Artists' Reception Weekend we heard many compliments on the show. We owe much to the effort and art of the participating 96 photographers exhibiting in WoW!! Peter Marr expressed similar sentiments with "Some 'WOW' synonyms are wonder, admiration, amazement, stunning, rave and zowie, just to name a few. For me, this exhibition is an unqualified success, and I have enthusiastic admiration for the amazing diversity of artistic talent that is displayed in this show. I would implore everyone who comes to see this exhibition to spend as much time as they can to intently look, explore and admire. Unfortunately, we are in a technically advanced world of 'nowness' and 'instant gratification', but here in the Gallery, we can relax and take the time to marvel at what talented photographers are showing us." If you haven't seen the show yet, don't miss it! You will find a full listing of the exhibiting photographers in WoW!! on our webpage for the show. The gallery partners are pleased for such a strong showing to start 2010 and thank all of the photographers and visitors for making it such a wonderful success.
We are extremely grateful for the sponsorship participation of Hahn Photographic for the WoW!! show. 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

Orange Twist by Katherine FussPeter Marr had quite the task to make his picks from the 186 photographs in the WoW!! exhibit. there were so many he could have picked, but with considerable review, he made six "Peter's Picks".  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 Katherine Fuss', Orange Twist shown at right, Peter felt that "This is an excellent example of how the author has artistically captured, what many would think of as a mundane photographic opportunity, to give us a dramatic, thought-provoking "WOW". Of the multitude of people who have treaded these steps, I would guess that very few have enjoyed or admired this lovely spiral structure....Katherine certainly did...
Listen by Loree HorpolePeter's next selection Listen, at left, is one by Loree Horpole where Peter observed "All three of Loree's ethereal, dramatic black-and-white prints evoke the "WOW" sensation, and they are wonderful examples of pictures that provoke visual concern. In Listen, the juxtaposition of three portraits of a young lady with different thought-provoking expressions is compellingly done.... Loree has done an exemplary job of putting together this fascinating triptych."  
Tuscan Retreat by Chris KogutThe third of Peter's Picks is by Chris Kogut, Peter commented "Of Chris's four superb images in the exhibition, the print Tuscan Retreat stands out as my very favorite. This panoramic landscape is just riveting in its dramatic appeal, a landscape that expresses a sublime moment in time with serene eloquence. The expressive lighting highlights every fascinating detail, from the furrows in the fields, all the way to the delightful, romantic buildings which are wonderfully complemented by the striking trees, nature just could not have placed the latter any better. Certainly the author, or any landscape printer, could not have placed all these elements more impressively, even the background hills and sky effortlessly join in to enrich this idyllic scene. " 
Festival Artist  by David KotokWith his next Peter's Pick selection  Peter comments that with Festival Artist by David Kotok "We are inspired by someone clearly enjoying every moment and opportunity in her life, certainly this was her chance to make an important, expressive and colorful mark on this wall. The fence and the already completed artwork are impressive, and both blend very well into the overall picture. This allows us to be very aware of the lovely background, whilst we fully concentrate on following the artistic skills and dedication of this youthful artist to be. This is a wonderful, dramatic and poignant image, full of color, shape, form, power and delicacy, an image that the artist and her family will treasure for all time."
Al Capone's Cell by Thomas McGlynnWith a considerable shift in the imagery, for his fifth pick, Thomas McGlynn's Al Capone's Cell, ESP Peter points out that "We should be deeply indebted to Thomas for his three fascinating studies inside the now derelict Eastern State Penitentiary. These are intimate photographic records of a bygone era, and are powerful portraits that allow us to imagine how life must have been within the grim, decaying walls of this prison. What is most intriguing, is the outrageous antithetical comparison between a typical inmate's cell and Al Capone's cell. We go from a bare bones, stark, cold and uninviting "habitat", to a warm, almost inviting bed-sitter. It is obvious that Al Capone still had powerful connections, so that he could spend his last years in what prison cell terminology would call a state of opulence."
Roseate Spoonbill in-Flight Close-Up by Ted TatarzynWith Peter's renown skills as a nature photographer it is fitting that his sixth choice be a nature photograph, Roseate Spoonbill In-Flight Close-Up by Ted Tatarzyn, "This is a nature picture that is simply awesome, metaphorically speaking, 'a shot to kill for'. The shear beauty and exquisite harmonic colors of the roseate spoonbill, have been superbly captured in a powerful, dramatic, sweeping 'landscape' that is just breathtaking. To me, it is astonishing that anyone could take such an outstanding nature close-up, in flight no-less, to give us a sublime portrait that only a great artist could paint. The flowing curves of the wings, with the delicate feather detail delineated so wonderfully, lead effortlessly to the powerful sweep of the neck and bill."

Peter certainly rose to the challenge with his selections. We thank him for his continuing contributions to Image City  and his insight and entertaining discussions with "Peter's Picks." Using his prose, certainly makes it easier for this editor to convey the considerable interest and  artistic skills evident by so many in WoW!!

Gary Thompson's Photo Tip of the Month
Visit the Bookstores in Unfamiliar Areas 

When on location in an unfamiliar area travel photographers can save a lot of time by browsing bookstores, libraries and news stands and by studying the work of local photographers. This diminishes the amount of time needed to drive around randomly searching for good photographic locations. I usually start by studying the post cards and then migrate to travel and photography books of the area. The visiting photographer then has some definite locations to consider visiting. Modern GPS instruments and detailed maps such as state DeLorme Gazetteers work well in helping to find these prime photographic locations.  
I enjoy learning and studying successful classical landscapes and then trying to improve images from these areas. This generally means that the lighting must be better in some way and/or I need to find a creative new perspective for capturing the ambience of the location. After working the more obvious viewpoints of a locale I often spend an hour or two trying to discover new ways of viewing the area as well as looking for smaller isolated images within the larger images. This is when one can find interesting ground cover, reflections, flowers, abstracts, etc..
Several years ago when we were traveling home from Maine I found a picturesque post card of the town of Marlowe, NH. We located the town with our Delorme Gazetteer and changed our driving route enabling us to photograph the town in late afternoon light. Realizing that our favorite view of the town would benefit from morning light we camped overnight and then drove back to Marlowe before sunrise the next morning. To our surprise Marlowe and its ponds were in deep fog. We initially enjoyed shooting mood images with the sun trying to break through the fog. When the fog lifted we were able to shoot the reflections of the Churches of Marlowe with soft front lighting. Without noticing the post card of Marlowe and adjusting our route home we would not have obtained this image nor several other images we captured in the Marlowe area.

Click Here to see a larger version of Churches of Marlowe and to review the other photographs in the series and the tips Gary has written.
A Photographer's Path 13 - High Falls Art Gallery - Call for Submissions
Juried Exhibit for all local photographic artists. 
All local photographers will be pleased to learn of another wonderful opportunity to submit work for the juried show A Photographer's Path 13, a Fine Art Photography Exhibit at High Falls Gallery in partnership with Community Darkroom of Genesee Center for the Arts and Education. In its 13th year, it is always a great exhibit in the City of Rochester's art gallery. Click Here for a PDF documenting the details and the entry form. Submissions are to be dropped off on February 10 - 14. The exhibit will run from March 21 to April 30, 2010. For questions contact Sally Wood Winslow at High Falls Gallery 325-2030 or Sharon Turner at Community Darkroom 271-5920.
Guilded Square Gallery-Artist's Reception Tonight, January 8
Harmonious Effects Exhibit by Margaret Beth Cragg Bigelow 
With New Year's Day falling on the first friday, there is no First Friday Gallery Night in January, however, our nearest neighbor Guilded Square Picture Framing and Gallery, will have an opening Friday, January 8 from 6pm to 8pm for an exhibit by Margaret Beth Cragg Bigelow titled "Harmonious Effects". Margaret is also one of the photographers exhibiting in the WoW!! exhibit at Image City. Guilded Square is located in the same building as Image City with the entrance on the west side. Image City will be open until 7pm. Be sure to stop in to Goodness Cakes Bakery our nearest, near neighbor for some delectible cakes and treats.
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue 
January 24, 2010 Last day of the WoW!! Juried theme Show, sponsored by Hahn Photographic
January 27, 2010 Opening day Freedom from Disturbance by Michael J. Murray 
February 5, 2010 First Friday Gallery Night

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