Image City Photography Gallery
Issue: # 52March 2, 2012

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 2012.

In This Issue
"Peter's Picks 2010: A Retrospective" our Current Show
Review of Some Sales
Gary Thompson's Photo Tips
Image City Critiques -- Next Session Wednesday, March 7th at 7pm
Image City at NFRCC in March
Looking Ahead at Image City
Calendar of Upcoming Events at Image City

Peter's Picsk 2010: A Retrospective

Current Show Runs Through Sunday, March 18  


Peter's Picks 2010Our current show at Image City is Peter's Picks 2010: A Retrospective.  We look back to 2010 and the picks from each of our shows made by Peter Marr. His picks are from each exhibit by the featured artists and guest artists. Thirty-five photographers return with "best of the best". During the opening reception we acknowledged our appreciation for the fine efforts Peter makes in producing Peter's Picks. Thank you, again, Peter! See below for a list of the exhibiting photographers.


In our East Gallery, Nan Guzauski takes us on another photographic journey with photographs of decay in places now abandoned. Nan again inspires us to reflect on her project now futher afield that we have previous seen from her exhibits Her photo Central States is below. Central States by Nan GuzauskiGuest photographers exhibiting are Susan Kaye and Ali Lindsey as well as Peter Marr. Camera Rochester exibiting award-winning photos are by Ben Barlow, Marty Guenther, Mark Miller, Michael A. Parisi, Alex Pendleton, and John Solberg. We round out the show with work by David Perlman and Jim Patton, Artists-in-Residence, and Gallery Partners Dick, Bennett, Carl Crumley, Steve Levinson, Gil Maker, Don Menges, Dan Neuberger, Betsy Phillips, Gary Thompson, Phyllis Thompson, and Sheridan Vincent.


The photographers returning in the Retrospective show are: Mark Bangs, Brian Calvasina, Archie Curry, Katherine Fuss, Timothy Fuss, Nancy Guzauski, Loree Harpole, JFK/AJVK, Susan Kaye, Chris Kogut, David Kotok, Joel Krenis, Jim Laragy, Susan Larkin, Kate Lipsky, Steve Malloy-Desormeaux, Augustine Masotti, Scott Matyjaszek, John Francis McCarthy, Thomas McGlynn, Rick Mearns, Don Menges, Martin Nott, Julie Oldfield, Betsy Phillips, Sanford Rockowitz, Steve Rossini, Lou Ryen, Fred SanFilipo, Daniel Silver, John Solberg, David P. Somers, Ted Tatarzyn, John Williamson, and Paul Yarnall.


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 that runs through Sunday, March 18.

Photo Sales

Review of Several Sales from the Current Show


We certainly enjoy producing our exhibits at Image City every four weeks. It is even better when there are more sales of photographs and we can pay the artists for the work. From the sales to this point  during the current show we thought you would enjoy a quick review of several randomly chosen to review here that have been sold. Included here is a brief commentary from the Peter Marr's discussion when they were chosen as "Peter's Picks" in 2010. Visitors are very much enjoying reading the commentary that is posted with each photograph in the exhibit.


Bri by Fred SanFilipo

Bri by Fred SanFilipo greets you right near the entrance to the gallery. Peter described the photo "Fred's portraits are powerful and breathtaking. The tight cropping and lack of background detail draw close attention to the facial features and the expression.....  The elements of Bri are three monochromes, a striking effect. The grey in the cell phone nicely separates it from a face so full of character. The brown face with the creases, the pores, and nearby fingers exude power. The power builds with the close cropping and the topographical study of a face which would appear far different farther away when the details would be blended. It is up close Personal. Penetrating. But the red sunglasses pushed this picture to the top for me. I am first drawn to the color itself, but then to the mystery of the reflection in the lenses. This is an outstanding picture, well composed, and cleverly printed."



East Avenue Staircase by Jim LaragyFor Jim Laragy's East Avenue Staircase, Peter noted "This striking black and white image by Jim Laragy is all about form, tonality, and drama. As a study in form, the main subject -- the curved staircase -- covers the entire print; however, the ascending shadow to light definition of the spiral staircase and the sheer absence of distractions -- no light fixtures, no pictures... -- encourages the viewer's eye to "walk the stairs" in much the same order that the woman peering down from the top must have. The mapping of the shadow to light continuum onto the lower to higher reaches of the spiral is simple, pure and very effective. The addition of a dramatic, almost theatrical, figure at the top of the stairs helps to punctuate the movement of the eye, producing a very pleasing experience."


Festival Artist  by David KotokFestival Artist by David Kotok was another favorite of Peter's that has been sold. Peter felt that "We have experienced countless photographs of budding young artists painting on walls, mostly at art shows and festivals, but this enchanting image is certainly one of the very best that I have seen. The young girl's striking natural pose, leads the eye on a fascinating journey from the expressive left hand and arm, through the rapt concentration of the tilted head, all the way up the right arm to the delicately held brush, which is applying the splashes of deep red paint to a masterpiece in the making. We are certainly aware of a word that is being spelled out, important no doubt to the young lady, but for the viewer, we are just entranced by the whole scene. What is especially captivating is the delicate pink costume of the young lady, with the large butterfly bow gracing her flowing hair that is topped with a miniature tiara. 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."


Of course the artists can produce additional works of these sold photographs, if they also strike your fancy.

Gary Thompson's Photo Tips

Simplistic Landscapes - Cloud over Hemlock Lake


Cloud over Hemlock Lake by Gary ThompsonWhen I was leading a group of photographers to a sunrise shoot at Hemlock Lake, we were blessed with wonderful early light and a picturesque cloud cover. Even though the overall cloud patterns were beautiful, one particular cloud and its equally dominant reflection stood out dramatically from the rest of the clouds.


Using a very wide angle 17mm lens and a polarizing filter, I positioned the cloud and its reflection about two-thirds of the way across the frame of the image. I also tried to balance the amount of space allotted for the sky with its reflection in the calm lake. The very wide angle lens helped to emphasize the radiating patterns of the clouds in both the sky and in its reflection.


The dominant subject is clearly the cloud and its reflection. However, its placement in the colorful setting of first light on the calm lake communicates a peaceful feeling. Using a horizontal/landscape orientation for the image further enhances this serenity.

While making this image I kept thinking of Georgia O'Keeffe's beautifully simplistic landscapes

"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for." Georgia O'Keeffe


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

Image City Critiques

At Image City on Wednesday, March 7 at 7pm

Each month, we enjoy the good turnout for Image City Critiques, our free program at Image City 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, March 7th from 7:00-9:00 pm. The assignment for March is two recent "minimalist" images. All images should be mailed to Gil Maker at least the day before we meet. Samples will be sent to the Critique email list. If you would like to be on the email list, send a request to Don Menges at
Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Clubs - 2012 Convention
Image City Sponsors NFRCC Convention Soon --- March 16 - 18 


Image City Photography Gallery is a proud sponsor of the Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Clubs' 51st annual convention March 16 through 18, 2012. The Gallery will have a display table in the conference center, will be providing a door prize to be given away at the Saturday evening banquet, AND gallery partner Gil Maker will be presenting two workshops on the subject of cell phone photography. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend a long weekend of photography while visiting with old friends and making new friends.
Go to the convention website to reserve your spot through online registration, to learn about the location, hotel arrangements, and to read about all the excellent presentations and programs that will be available to you. Featured speakers are professional photographers Ellen Anon, Brenda Tharp and John Paul Caponigro. There will be a Print and Digital Image Salon, the Annual Golden Horseshoe Competition, a Tamron lens loaner program, and a group photo shoot at the falls. Several of the Image City Photography Gallery partners will be in attendance. We hope to see you there! 
Upcoming Events

Keep a lookout for upcoming events at Image City.


Over the next weeks we will be announcing a number of exciting events upcoming at Image City. We will have a youthful infusion with the next exhibit, our annual Through the Student Lens show, chaired by Don Menges. Our Spring Courses will be announced -- a great opportunity to enhance your photography skills. We will have additional workshops and lectures that tie to future exhibits. Our next juried show is currently being planned. All that in addition to a wonderful series of exhibits planned for 2012. For the photographers, if you are thinking about exhibiting at Image City, it would be good to not delay. The calendar is beginning to fill up and we are already booking with scheduling into 2013. We are pleased to bring you another full, fun, and interesting year of photography!

Calendar of Events
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue 


March 7 - Photo Critique at Image City, 7 - 9pm
March 16 -18 - Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Club Convention, Niagara Falls
March 18 - Last day of Peter's Picks 2010: A Retrospective
March 21 - Opening Day Through the Student Lens 2012
March 23 - Opening Reception Through the Student Lens 2012
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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