Image City Photography Gallery
Issue: # 35October 22, 2010

We publish our brief Newsletter during each of our exhibits to pass along information and reviews of the exhibit, photographic tips, selected images and news of other participation opportunities at Image City. We thank you for your interest and we look forward to another great year of fine photographs and events. We hope to see you at each of our 13 shows in 2010.

In This Issue
"Inspiration and Transformation" our Current Show
Peter's Picks from the Current Show
Focus Juried Show Deadline is November 14
Sign up for A Day Tour of Autumn Photography
Image City Critiques -- Next Session Wednesday, November 3 at 7pm
Gary Thompson's Photo Tip
Inside Out Artistry Exhibit
Calendar of Upcoming Events at Image City

Inspiration & Transformation 
Exhibit by JFK/AJVK, Richard Harvey, & Betsy Phillips

Current Show Runs Through Sunday, October 31

Gallery Partner Betsy Phillips and featured Guest Photographers JFK/AJVK and Richard Harvey have produced an exhibit with a non-traditional approach that certainly grabs our attention. With his exhibit in the East Gallery, Joseph Sorrentino continues to impress with his photographic journeys in Mexico. 

Guest photographers also in the show are Lynda EA Campbell, David Kotok, Thomas McGlynn, and Louis Snitkoff, who joins us from Albany. Award-winning photographs from Camera Rochester competitions are in an exhibition by club members Sue Alden, Steve Malloy-Desormeaux, Mike Edwards, Lynda Howland, Sheila Nelson, and John Williamson. Rounding out the exhibit are Artists-in-Residence Jim Patton and David Perlman and Gallery Partners Daniel P. Crozet, Joel Krenis, Steve Levinson, Gil Maker, Don Menges, Dan Neuberger, Betsy Philips, Gary Thompson, Phyllis Thompson, Sheridan Vincent, and George Wallace. 

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. There is no admission fee to visit Image City.
Picks of the Current Show
Peter Marr Picks His Favorite Photographs

Peter Marr has made his selections in the current show, "Peter's Picks" is a popular feature at the Gallery. For each, Peter writes a review and we have excerpts from his discussion here in the newsletter. You will want to go to the webpage link to see larger images and Peter's full write-up, or, certainly better, be sure to visit the gallery to see them in person. 
Mind Set 2 by Richard HarveyIn reviewing Richard Harvey's exhibit, Peter chose to comment on the full collection of photographs rather than singling one out. He observed that "In using a fascinating blend of mixed media, digital processes, and photography as an aide-memoire, he has constructed superb, impressive images, which are refreshing in their originality. These prints are not only delightful to look at and admire, but they all challenge our objective vision. These images are works of distinction, pictures that have both philosophical and psychological implications, ones that provoke visual concern. The author's exquisitely presented pieces take us on a path of exploration of creativity, where imagination is paramount. The observer is given a passport to an unexplored world, where each image should invoke feelings which may trigger something very profound. Andre Breton, the principal founder of surrealism, stated that 'It is through the power of images that, in time, real revolutions may well be brought about.' Here, we are not interested in changing life itself, but changing ways of seeing and, possibly, to jar a viewer's expectations of reality." Mind Set 2  from the exhibit is shown at left.

Blood Stone JFK/AJVK in collaboration with Richard HarveyWith JFK/AJVK's Blood's Stone Peter observed that "Of all of the author's wonderful thought-provoking images, this was the one that I found the most fascinating. I especially liked the dark mat which really lifts this print, bringing out all of the drama and intensity of the vivid splashes of red and background color, in contrast to all of the black detail. One should certainly appreciate the impressive graphic design and powerful visual statement that this print makes, and laud the addition of the face from collaboration with Richard Harvey, which really lifts the entire image into the stellar category."

Exit by Betsy PhillipsBetsy Phillips Exit was Peter's next choice-- "This outstanding print impressively illustrates the title of this exhibition, namely, "Inspiration and Transformation," and it also exemplifies the author's incredible vision and artistic excellence. In studying this print, I am reminded of what Wolfgang von Goethe so eloquently said, namely 'The hardest thing to see is what is in front of our eyes,' or as I might put it, 'It is not what you look at, it is what you see.' This memorable study, which Betsy told me was from a single exposure of a reflected image, is a powerful image in its own right, and it has a dreamlike quality that would thrill and absorb the attention of any viewer..... The beauty of many reflected images, such as Exit, is that realism is disturbed, and conjecture and mystery often take over."

Train Depot by Joseph SorrentinoFrom Joseph Sorrentino's exhibit in the East Gallery, Peter chose Train Depot commenting "The author has expressively captured the vitality, pastoral life and architecture of some of the more remote areas of Mexico. I particularly liked the way he has used the saturated, vibrant colors to great effect in some of the graphic design studies, and how he has cleverly used strong shadows so artistically as a telling visual element in many of the prints. I chose Train Depot to discuss further, because it is a good illustration of Joseph's artistic skills, in blending strong colors, graphic design and compelling subject material into one delightful print. Most intriguingly and most interestingly, is that the vast majority of the colors that make up this dynamic image are in the red area of the spectrum. Certainly we have a sliver of blue sky, a sand-colored roadway, and a railway car with a light canvas top, all of which add powerful design elements to the image. It is the interplay of the structures and design features of the various red elements in contrast to the sky and  roadway that makes this image so dramatic."
Focus:  Call for Submissions, Image City's Fourth Theme Show
 Deadline for submissions is November 14
Focus InvitationAfter three successful juried shows, we have been strongly encouraged by the past Participants and Visitors to organize a fourth juried show. We previously announced that the theme of the Fourth Juried Show at Image City for 2011 is ....... Focus.

The theme is open and has been chosen to be inclusive of a wide range of genre, technique, and creativity, not necessarily as an assignment theme. You can find all details for your submission at the special link: Focus Call Page. The same information is also available via the Image City Website.

The Focus Juried Show for 2011 is underwritten by Hahn Photographic, 1035 Dewey Avenue, Rochester and we are pleased to be working with them again to produce the exhibit and reception.
If you have any question, please feel free to contact me at or by phone at 585-271-2540.
We look forward to receiving your submission by November 14, 2010 latest or, even better, if we receive it before October 31, 2010 for a reduced fee - see details on the link above.
Please feel free to forward this announcement to any of your friends and relatives who would be interested in participating in the 2011 Image City juried Show, Focus.

Gilbert Maker, Gallery Partner
Chairman of the 2011 Juried Show at Image City
Sign up for a Day Tour of Autumn Photography

A Day of Photography at Conesus Lake and Stony Brook

Only a few openings left, act now to reserve spot.

Gary Thompson and Dick Bennett are running a day tour of Autumn Photography coupled with two classes to prepare and celebrate the day. On Sunday, October 31, participants will car pool to Vitale Park to enjoy and capture the sunrise. Describing the day -- "Depending on conditions and lighting we will proceed to the south end of the lake to photograph at one of one Dick's favorite areas in a wildlife preserve. We will then drive on to Dansville for breakfast and then proceed into Stony Brook State Park where we will spend the remainder of the day capturing the mood and ambience of this beautiful gorge."
Before the trip on Friday, October 29, there will be an orientation meeting and a lesson on how to capture white water images on both overcast and sunny days.
On Thursday, November 4, the participants will celebrate the experiences of the photo day by getting together to review images that were captured. Both digital and slide film projection will be available for the review.
Image City Photography Gallery is co-sponsoring this event by providing the space for the meetings and you can sign-up at the Gallery. A brochure providing more details and an application form is available at Image City, from either Dick or Gary or Click Here for a link to the application form.

The cost for all three sessions is $55.00. In order to insure the quality of this experience the number of participants is limited to fifteen.

Image City Critiques
At the Image City on Wednesday, November 3 at 7pm
Each month, we have had a good turnout for Image City Critiques, a free program we offer at the Gallery to provide participants an opportunity to review their photographs and participate in a friendly, constructive, and positive critique. The sessions are held on the first Wednesday of the month and the next is Wednesday, November 3rd from 7:00-9:00 pm. If you would like to join us, please bring 2 or 3 jpg images that are at most 1MB in size and at most 1500 pixels on the longest side. You may also bring them as a print, on a CD, or on a thumb drive. If you have any questions please contact Don Menges ( or Gil Maker (  We look forward to meeting with you on Wednesday, November 3 at 7pm.
Gary Thompson's Photo Tip of the Month

Photographing Whirlpools in Streams 

In a previous tip of the month I wrote about capturing the romantic feeling of water falls by "cotton candying" the white flow of water. Another romantic motion of fast flowing streams is that of a whirlpool. For many years I have sought the right lighting and stream conditions for photographing a scene featuring a whirlpool in a natural setting.

It would seem that a whirlpool in a photogenic scene would be fairly easy to find. For me that has not been the case. For starters there needs to be considerable rain over a few days in order to produce whirlpool creating conditions. I looked for a whirlpool that would show pleasant colors in its circles in addition to just white motion. It was also important for me to capture that kind of whirlpool in an attractive natural environment. Additionally, I sought soft diffused lighting and hoped to be able to shoot the image in the rain or very shortly thereafter. Every year I concentrated my search during the peak foliage time of Autumn because it provided the best probability for finding these conditions. The peak foliage window time is about three weeks per year.

Two Autumns ago, while photographing with two friends in Letchworth State Park, I found all of the conditions I needed. While trying to control my excitement, I spent over an hour working various views of a whirlpool in the plunge basin of a water fall near the ghost town of Gibsonville. To provide time for pleasant slurring of the whirlpool I used a polarizer and stopped my aperture down to f/22. For correct exposure I bracketed around a central meter reading of 1.5 stops of over exposure. With the low light and shooting at 100 ISO I was able to shoot four to six second shutter speeds.

I couldn't find the official name of this water fall, probably because it is rather intermittent with good flows in only the Spring and Fall seasons after substantial rains. My example image is entitled Whirlpool at Mystery Falls.

Click Here to see a larger image and to review the other photographs in the series and the tips Gary has written.
Inside Out Artistry Exhibit at Lavery Library, St. John Fisher College
Opening Reception November 4, Runs through December 20

Inside Out Artistry is a loose collaboration between Community Arts Connection, CDS Photo Club and pARTners Art Mentoring Program, three programs that encourage people with developmental disabilities to express themselves through art. Joseph Sorrentino, who is currently exhibiting at Image City's East Gallery is a coordinator for pARTners Art Mentoring Program, and Gallery Partners Daniel Crozet and Gil Maker are mentors with the CDS Photo Club. The three programs have different approaches to the work they do and will exhibit their artwork at the Lower Level Gallery of the Lavery Library at St. John Fisher College. The opening reception is 5 - 7pm on Thursday, November 4th and the exhibit runs through December 20th. For more information about this exhibit, please contact Nancy Greco at 385-8139 or
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue 

October 31, 2010 Inspiration and Tranformation Show ends at 4pm

October 31, 2010 Photography Day Tour with Gary Thompson and Dick Bennett

October 31, 2010 Last day for the special rate for entry fee for the Focus Show

November 5, 2010 First Friday Gallery Night and Reception for the Next Exhibit

November 14, Deadline for submissions to the Focus juried theme show

Image City Photography Gallery   Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11 - 7, Sunday Noon - 4 
There is no admission fee to visit Image City Photography Gallery
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