Image City Photography Gallery
Issue: # 48November 11, 2011

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 2011.

In This Issue
"Perspectives: Near & Far" our Current Show
Peter Marr's Picks from the Current Exhibit
Gary Thompsons Photo Tips
Photographs at Edibles Restaurant
Image City Critiques -- Next Session Wednesday, December 7 at 7pm
Image City at NFRCC in March
Calendar of Upcoming Events at Image City

Perspectives: Near & Far

by Gary and Phyllis Thompson

Current Show Runs Through Sunday, November 27


Gary and Phyllis Thompson Showcard

Our current exhibit is Perspectives: Near & Far by Gary and Phyllis Thompson, Gallery Partners at Image City. Their exhibit is a diverse collection of excellent photographs from their frequent travels seeking and finding photogenic landscapes. With twenty-eight new photographs in their exhibit, Gary and Phyllis communicate positive feelings for the environment, by capturing the beauty of nature. Their images are not only about their subjects, but more the use of light that can communice emotions.


Also exhibiting in a varied and wonderful collection are 28 of the Thompson's photographer friends: Susan Alden, AJ Bellavia, Cuyler T. E. Coddington, Archie Curry, Michael Edwards, John Ejaife, Bonnie Gamache, Mary Jo Gigliotti, Ron Gouger, Earl Jackson, Julie Jacobs, Ron Kenney, Frank Liberti, Joel Kerlan, Dan McBride, Jeff Palm, Michael Parisi, Alex Pendleton, Luann Pero Mongelli, Elena Rey-Kautz, David Ridley, Susanne Roth, Karen Schlenker, Loni Titus, Steve Tryon, Charles Vaughn, Fred Weingarten, and John Williamson. 


We round out the show with photography exhibits by Artists-in-Residence, Jim Patton, and David Perlman and Gallery Partners Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Steve Levinson, Gil Maker, Don Menges, Dan Neuberger, Betsy Phillips, and Sheridan Vincent.

For full details of the show click hereBe sure to check out the link to the "Preview of the Show Gallery" to see a selection of the fine works in the show. 
Call for Submissions - The Magic of Light

 Deadline is November 13 for our 5th Annual Juried Theme Show


There are only a couple of days left to enter our fifth juried theme show,The Magic of Light. Many have already made their selections and have entered. Recall that this is our 2012 event where juror selected photographs will be exhibited at Image City from January 4 to January 22. We encourage you to enjoy the participation and the opportunity to support our promotion of great photography at Image City.


The theme is open, to give you freedom to create your selected photographs for all of our visitors to admire. You can find all details for your submission at the special link: The Magic of Light Call Page. The same information is also available via the Image City Website.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at or by phone at 585-271-2540.

The deadline for making your entry submission in this coming Sunday, November 13 when the gallery is open from 1-4pm. Friday and Saturday hours are 11am to 7pm.


Please feel free to forward this announcement to any of your friends and relatives who might be interested in participating in the 2012 Image City Juried Show, The Magic of Light. There is a forward email link at the bottom of this newsletter.


Gilbert Maker, Gallery Partner
Chairman of the 2012 Juried Show at Image City 
Peter's Picks
 Peter Marr makes his Picks from the Current Show 


We are pleased at the return of Peter Marr for his "Peter's Picks" feature at Image City. For Perspectives: Far and Near Peter has chosen five photographs. His written commentary about each is published in full at the Image City Website. Click Here  to see the full discussion. For the newsletter, we have selected a part and include a small image of each of those selected. We congratulate the five photographers for their selection to "Peter's Picks".


Oaks of Wormsloe by Phyllis ThompsonFor Phyllis Thompson's Oaks of Wormsloe Peter noted that "There are a number of photographs that contain intriguing pathways in this outstanding exhibition of masterpieces by Phyllis and Gary Thompson, none as especial as the one that traverses between the Oaks of Wormsloe, a stellar image that is imposing and majestic in every way. There is a magical atmosphere in this landscape, which cannot fail to arrest a viewer's attention, and induce an emotional response, it is a feast for the eye and the imagination. The strong side-lighting accentuates every detail in the trees and in the delicate tracery of the foliage, and illuminates the small trees and shrubs on the periphery, as well as casting creative shadows across the grass verge and pathway, as far as the eye can see. The lighting also underscores every hue from saturated browns, to yellows and light greens, creating an expressive palette of colors that harmonize so effectively in this beautiful setting. We may never know why these oak trees were planted in such a straight line and regimented fashion, with a wide, forest pathway between the two rows, but when we see the end-result after countless years of tree growth, we are especially thankful that they were planted in this way, and I know that the trees are grateful as well......"


Fog at Crabtree Meadows by Gary ThompsonIn selecting one of Gary Thompson's, Peter felt that "Of all of Gary's quintessential images in this impressive exhibition, Fog at Crabtree Meadows is definitely one of my favorites, for it has an awe and majesty that is unsurpassed. It is illustrative of a well known Buddhist saying, "There is magic in quiet light, a sense of mystery, time for contemplation and for listening," In such fog- enshrouded scenes, the film exposure is really critical, and the artist has accomplished this to perfection, resulting in a dramatic, sublime image. Although the fog results in lower contrast and more muted hues, both of these elements contribute immensely to the quietness and mystery that we experience in this outstanding landscape. The powerful, but stately tree trunks have been seemingly put in place by nature in imposing fashion, even retaining their importance into the far distance......."


Early Birds, Hemlock Lake by Ron KenneyRon Kenney's Early Birds, Hemlock Lake was Peter's next selection observing that "This is a superbly seen and captured image that is a landscape in motion, where the atmospheric conditions give rise to a magical quality by influencing our human experience and response. The mist rising from the water's surface has an ethereal glow, which is visually exciting when it reveals a dream-like earthscape. We see an uplifted finger of land, on which is dramatically highlighted an open gazebo structure and two benches at one end, and a small gathering of birds at the other. The delicate early morning light captures just enough detail to highlight the grass and the ribbed roof of the gazebo shelter, an elegant structure that the birds are obviously eyeing as their next resting place........"
A Place to Eat by Michael ParisiIn choosing Michael Parisi's A Place to Eat Peter commented that "....... There is simplicity of detail from the rustic utensils to the animal furs and skins on the benches that exudes both beauty and practicality, elements that wonderfully encompass the pioneering and hunting spirit carried on over countless generations. Even the walls and the floor have textures and patterns that contribute to the charm and radiance of this historic setting. This is a dining room that any weary traveller who had the good fortune to be invited into, would be enthralled by its charm and uniqueness. This is a truly expressive image, and a great tribute to the artist who creatively photographed this dining room for the ages."
I'm Here .... It's OK by Loni TitusFor I'm Here...... It's OK by Loni Titus, Peter reacted to "..... this very moving and poignant photograph. This stellar image owes a great deal of its impact and meaning, from the fact that the two subjects have their backs to the viewer, so that we cannot see their facial expressions. It is left to our imagination, our memory and our emotion to see what we "want" to see. There is certainly a powerful bond between the young girl and the donkey, with a love and affection that is boundless.



Gary Thompson's Photo Tips

Your Clothing and Footwear are Photo Gear Too


Reflection at Hidden Falls by Gary ThompsonAs photographers, in addition to our lenses and cameras, we have other gear such as camera bags, lens pouches, cable releases, tripods, and various other devices associated with digital photography. To work effectively in the field it is important to be as comfortable as possible when exposed to the elements of adverse weather and that is why experienced outdoor photographers consider footwear and clothing to also be important components of their photography gear.


In the northern U.S. a good pair of comfortable waterproof boots are a must as well as a good quality rain parka and rain pants. Preferably the rain gear should be made of wind and waterproof fabric that is also breathable, like many of the Gore-Tex and similar materials. Hats and gloves are also important. When a photographer is comfortably dressed for the elements it is much easier to concentrate on being creative while making images. Obviously the clothing must address the needs for the location and it follows that the typical clothing needed for desert regions will be different from tropical, arctic, and rainy temperate regions, etc. By dressing in layers and then removing or adding layers one can control temperature for body comfort.


While photographing on a cold, rainy, Spring day in Stony Brook State Park I concentrated on making images of a waterfall. My first few attempts produced pleasant traditional images of the falls. Feeling the need to develop a more unique view of the falls I started surveying the scene for something that might provide some additional punch or interest for the images. I noticed some puddles on a ledge near the base of the falls and found that if I got down real low I could see nice reflections of the falls. I decided to use a puddle that contained leaves from the previous Autumn and concentrated on using the reflection in that puddle to create a more dramatic and unique foreground for my image. To obtain a significant reflection I needed to literally lie down on the wet rocks in another puddle in order to compose the overall image. I have entitled the print as Reflection at Hidden Falls. I doubt if it would have even occurred to me to lay down in the water to take the image if I hadn't been wearing a good quality rain parka and rain pants.


To see this and past Gary's Photo Tips Click Here.


Our Neighbor - Edibles Restaurant
 Consider a Neighborhood Visit - Art at Image City and More Art with Dining at Edibles


Edibles Restaurant by Don MengesSince our inception in 2005 Image City has extended its exhibit space just down the avenue to Edibles Restaurant - 704 University Ave. The restaurant's dining room is graced with photographs by Gallery Partners -- making a perfect combination of our fine art with the fine foods the restaurant is known for. Edibles is "One of Rochester's most cutting edge bistros and martini lounges. We specialize in fresh seafood, flown in daily from Hawaii, local organic produce, local meats and regular outings to the Rochester Public Market. At night, Edibles turns into a popular lounge bar with all the latest cocktails and martinis giving New York City a run for its money. Edibles is located in the culturally rich and diverse Neighborhood of the Arts....." The photo shown here of the interior of the restaurant by Gallery Partner Don Menges, is one of the restaurant manager's favorites. We have recently changed out the photographs to a new collection that we know you will enjoy. If you fall for a photograph at Edibles, you can purchase it at Image City.

Image City Critiques

At Image City on Wednesday, December 7 at 7pm

Each month, we enjoy the good turnout for Image City Critiques, our free program at the Gallery to provide participants an opportunity to engage in a friendly, constructive, and positive critique and review of their photographs. The sessions are held on the first Wednesday of the month. Join us for the next on Wednesday, December 7th from 7:00-9:00 pm. The assignment for December is to take three images inside your home. They can be still life's (staged or not) with or without natural lighting. They can be interior "homescapes". No images of people and/or pets allowed. They must be taken after November 1st, 2011. Try and use the techniques we have been discussing and be creative. All images should be mailed to Gil Maker at least the day before we meet.
Niagara Falls Regional Camera Clubs 2012 Convention
Image City Sponsors NFRCC Convention  
Image City Photography Gallery is pleased to sponsor the Niagara Falls Regional Camera Clubs' 2012 convention to be held March 16, 17 and 18 at the Niagara Falls Conference Center. The gallery will have an information table in the Conference Center, will provide a door prize at the dinner banquet, and gallery partner Gil Maker will be conducting workshops during the convention on the subject of cell phone photography techniques. Visit the NFRCC website, click here


Calendar of Events
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue 


November 13 - Final day for Submissions to The Magic of Light juried show
November 27 - Final day of Perspectives: Near & Far by Gary and Phyllis Thompson and Friends
November 30 - First day of the Annual Holiday Show at Image City.
December 2 - Holiday Show Reception and First Friday Gallery Night
December 3 - Holiday Show Reception
Image City Photography Gallery   Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11 - 7, Sunday Noon - 4  

There is no admission fee to visit Image City Photography Gallery

Contact Information

 Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607



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