News of the current exhibit and events at Image City


Image City Photography Gallery
Newsletter #140   January 31, 2019

We publish our Newsletter during each of our exhibits to pass along information and reviews of the exhibit, selected images and news of 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 the 13 shows we produce in 2019.

Our current exhibit at Image City is Trees, featuring photographs by John Solberg, Luann Pero, Don Menges, and Gil Maker. How would you photograph a tree? The four Gallery Partners decided last July to take up that challenge and the past six months were spent interpreting trees photographically. As you will see, Gil, Don, Luann and John have different renditions of the same subject.

Guest photographers for the exhibit include Edgar Ballestas, joining us in the first of three exhibits he will produce as our current Visiting Artist. His series of night photographs of New York City are stunning. Artists-in-Residence, Jim Patton and David Perlman, are featured in the Neuberger Gallery. Guest photographers are Scott Hooker, David Somers, Sandi Alexander Tuttle, and Steve Tryon. Award-winning photographs from Camera Rochester competitions are by Marie Costanza, Joann K. Long, Larry Mandelker and Ron Mitchell. Rounding out the show are Artists-in-Residence, Phyllis Thompson and Gary Thompson, and Gallery Partners, Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Steve Levinson, Betsy Phillips, and Sheridan Vincent.

Click Here   to see our website listing and link to a preview of a stimulating selection of the superb photographs in the show. The exhibit runs through Sunday, February 17. Hours are noon-6pm, Tuesday through Saturday and noon-4pm on Sunday. With 21 photographers exhibiting their art, you will certainly find an interesting variety of both subject and style. We encourage you to visit, enjoy the art, and support the artists by making a purchase of their fine photography. There is no admission fee at Image City and the Gallery is accessible to all.

Partners' Picks of the Exhibit

After reviewing the photographs by our Featured and Guest Photographers in the current exhibit, Gallery Partners selected their "picks" from the show and include a descriptive commentary on why we made the selection.

The Starlight of DUMBO  by Edgar Ballestas -- My first reaction to Edgar's photograph was that it reminded me of an Andre Kertesz photo taken in 1928 in Meudon, a suburb of Paris,France. Of course, the Kertbbesz photo was black and white and it was taken during the daytime, but the tall bridge at the end of the street between two buildings is remarkably the same.  There are several compositional elements that work really well in this photograph. Edgar placed his camera very close to the ground - a wonderful perspective and so unexpected. The two sets of stop signs immediately force us to the center of the image. The light in the street; the converging buildings; and the starbursts all lead us to the magnificent and looming Manhattan bridge hiding in plain sight in the dark shadows at the back of the photograph. This is a well seen and well-planned photo, long before the shutter was released. By the way... Dumbo is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The name is an acronym of "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass".  

Colors of the Morning by Scott Hooker --This is  wonderful image of the beauty of the morning.  The composition makes use of the strong colors of the early morning sky; however, Scott cleverly utilizes the reflection on the surf to provide visual movement to the composition.The reflections couple with the beautiful clouds to pull you into the photograph, taking you to the horizon.  BUT the viewer is also grounded by the remnants of a tree that anchor you to the beach...creating tension between the foreground than the background.To further the excellence of this composition, the use of shells on the beach adds texture and interest, which would not have been the case if the foreground was just smooth, featureless sand.  

Rose Garden by John Solberg -- John has done a wonderful curating job in bringing three partners to join him in displaying the beauty of trees captured photographically. It is interesting to see how a common subject can be treated so differently by four skilled photographers.John makes use of an amazing post processing technique to take an object, walk around it and take multiple photographs from each position on the 360 degree walk and then combine them to get this effect. It speaks to the Cubist movement, when a face was painted from multiple vantage points and displaying on a two-dimensional canvas.This photograph is almost "childlike" in the innocence it presents. The tree stands strong among the flowers, ringed by a bench that almost seems like a barrier to keep the tree from escaping, yet a serene one which adds to the beauty of the compositions. Colors are muted greens, punctuated by the splashes of color from the roses. The sky is a recessive element, focusing the viewer on the subject.Sometimes using special effects doesn't work...the "wires show" (like a bad magic act) but John's photograph is organic, the effect is so ingrained in the photograph that you enjoy the image for how it presents itself to the viewer. Of course, you wonder about how he managed to get this image and the techniques he used, but one doesn't marvel as much at the technique than at the result.  

Ocean City Sunrise by David Somers -- David's panorama photographs make excellent use of this alternate format to the traditional 2/3 ratio and square compositions. These wooden posts were probably once part of a pier, but now a skeleton of history, still beautiful even after decay has set in.  The repeating form progresses out from the foreground to the sunrise---bringing the viewer's eyes in a well-constructed path by the photographer. Letting your imagination soar, one could almost imagine similar structures in Neolithic Stonehenge with the two upright forms capped with strong horizontal elements. The line of the shore holds the photograph together, almost mirroring the lines of the piers, moving from the right side of the panorama, with little detail, to the ultimate target... the beautiful colors of the sunrise. This is the kind of photograph that belongs on your wall, a place to focus your attention and enjoy this image.  

Image City Critiques Group Meets February 6

The Image City Critique Group will meet again Wednesday, February 6th, beginning at 6:30 pm.  Anyone is welcome to join us. We meet the first Wednesday of each month. For February we will be analyzing ways to adjust images for best quality using Photoshop and/or Lightroom.  There will be NO PRINTS for this session only.  An upload link will be provided for anyone who will be attending.  Please email Don Menges for the link if you do not have it already.

Calendar of Events

Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue

February 1, 5 - 9pm,  First Friday Gallery Night

February 6, 6:30, Image City Critiques Group Meeting

February 17, Last Day ofTrees by Gil Maker, Don Menges Luann Pero and John Solberg

February 19, First Day of Peter's Picks 2017 - A Retrospective

February 22, 5 - 8:30pm, Reception for Peter's Picks 2017 - A Retrospective

Image City Photography Gallery Hours

Tuesday- Saturday Noon - 6pm

Sunday Noon - 4pm

There is no admission fee to visit Image City and we are accessible to all. 

in the Heart of the Neighborhood of the Arts 

 where our mission is to create a quality exhibition and learning experience for photographers and the art-loving community.


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