News of the current exhibit and events at Image City


Image City Photography Gallery
Newsletter #143   April 24, 2019


Our Newsletter publishes during each of our exhibits to pass along information and reviews of the exhibit, selected images and news of participation opportunities at Image City.  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.



Whose Woods These Are     

by David Bleich 

Current Show Runs Through Sunday, May 12

Reception, Friday, April 26, 5 - 8:30 pm 

First Friday Gallery Night, May 3, 5 - 9 pm


Our current exhibit is Whose Woods These Are featuring the photographs of David Bleich. His selection of photographs, as in past exhibits at Image City, are on a grand scale both in size and composition. He has captured the essence of an inspiring rare natural site, the temperate rain forest in the Olympic peninsula in the state of Washington. The growth is created by the year round rain, while the forest is itself untouched by any development or human tampering. In contrast, this collection also shows photographic readings of well-known urban areas. His photographs deserve to be seen first hand, our online representations do not demonstrate his mastery of the size and detail.    


Joining David, we have Lisa Cook in the first of three shows as our current Visiting Artist; Guest Photographers, Jerry Miller, and in the Neuberger Gallery Bruce Elling, Amy Palermo, and Beth Quattrociocchi; and award-winning photographs from Camera Rochester competitions by Jerome Kaye, Tom Kredo, Nikhil Nagane, and Loni Titus.  


The show will also include the work of Artists-in-Residence, Jim Patton, David Perlman, Gary Thompson, and Phyllis Thompson, and Gallery Partners Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Steve Levinson, Gil Maker, Don Menges, Luann Pero,  Betsy Phillips, John Solberg, and Sheridan Vincent.


The Reception is this Friday, April 26 from 5 - 8:30 pm or plan to attend First Friday Gallery Night on May 3  from 5 to 9 pm. This receptions are a great opportunity to view the art, discuss it with the attending artists, and to invest in their photographs. With 24 exhibiting photographers, you will enjoy the range and diversity of the show. Click Here  to see our webpage for show details and a preview of photographs in the exhibit.    



Partners' Picks of the Exhibit   


After reviewing the photographs by the Guest Photographers in the current exhibit partners have selected one of our favorites and has written a commentary on why we made the selection. This is a popular feature of Image City exhibits, visitors enjoy reading the insightful comments while viewing the photos.


Be Fruitful and Multiply  by David Bleich - David has provided a wonderful exhibit of very large, beautiful prints. They almost convert the gallery into a verdant forest, the viewer is ready for a downpour of rain, so realistic are these photos. The large size of the images invites the viewer into the woods, enjoying the wonderful scenery in which David photographed. Sometimes with a smaller photo we end up being an observer, but with all of David's photographs there is a sense of invitation. This is particularly true of this panorama, where the viewer is literally almost pulled into the woods. Touching the moss covering the rocks, hearing the beautiful sound of the water flowing. The scene also brings a piece of the history of these beautiful woods-the fallen log against the rock, now the death of the tree will be providing soil for newer growth.  This is almost a metaphor for rebirth and how nature is a continuous cycle. Birth, death and rebirth. David includes not only the trees and water but all of the wide variety of ground covers in nature-ferns of various kinds and mosses---which give so much character to both these woods and his photographs.The composition uses both vertical and diagonal elements to anchor the photo, with the waterfall and its stream pulling the composition together. The powerful green of this and many of his other images really makes one appreciate the beauty of the landscape he has captured.


After the Rain by Lisa Cook - A rose by any other name . . . . Yet in Lisa's expert hands, it is much more. She is absolutely correct that these black and white images exceed our expectations. It almost becomes sensual. The image heightens my senses. I feel the softness of the petals and the fine edge of the petal as it curves into a point. I remember the fragrant smell that wafts in the air as I walk through a garden. I can almost hear the falling rain as, perhaps, a slight breeze moves the petals. The water droplets add an interesting element to the image and their magnification and help me see the veins of the petals. Nonetheless, this is not a normal photo of roses. For one thing, the roses are upside down. One of the conventions of composition, we are told, is to have an odd number of subjects - two does not work. The bottom of the rose to the right edge seems to be in focus, while the rest of the image is soft, but that is certainly not the subject and neither of the roses are fully in the frame. The thing is, it all works. The diagonal presentation of the two flowers and the perpendicular lines created by the petals themselves, the depth of the image, the delicate shading of grays, and the number of triangles that may be found, create a magnificent image for which we are thankful to Lisa for her expertise.


Contrail View by Bruce C. Elling - Bruce has demonstrated his strong compositional skills in finding a wonderful graphic image in a rather uninteresting to some area. By simplifying the composition, removing all extraneous factors in making this photograph he has created a strong, impactful image. Color can be a very significant factor in a photo; in this case Bruce uses the red roof to frame the two smoke stacks. They are, as expected rather colorless structures. The blue sky offers a second color, but without the red foreground roof this would be an ordinary image of two smoke stacks against the sky. Not only does the roof frame the images but guides your eye from the upper left-hand top edge of the photo across to the right and then down the right side and then to the chimneys. The simplicity of the composition and the movement of the viewer's eyes make this photo one to admire. Beauty and simplicity found in, to many, a mundane place.


Eagles and Icebergs by Jerry Miller - Jerry surprises the viewer by capturing two eagles sitting on an iceberg. Normally we expect to see a seal or perhaps a polar bear in a location like this, but not often do we see eagles even though they range from the tropics to the arctic. This appears to be a nesting pair of adult eagles since one is somewhat larger than the other. There's probably a tall tree with a nest nearby but you wouldn't know it to look at this photograph. The composition is interesting as Jerry chose to place the eagles near the top of the frame, letting the icebergs be the larger visual objects. However, the stark contrast of the darkly-colored eagles against the soft blue color of the ice quickly brings the viewer's attention to the eagles. Jerry deserves a "well done" for this sharp, well-exposed photograph!


Welcome to Buffalo by Amy Palermo - Amy joined her friends Beth Quattrociocchi and Bruce Elling to the RiverWorks complex in Buffalo near the Silo City area. These industrial grain silos pictured in the background of Amy's photo once were a critical economic engine for Buffalo. Beginning in the 1850's and continuing through the early 20th century 30 of these grain elevators stored grain from the mid-west until loaded onto boats for the Erie Canal trip to the east. The elevators were so large that one account suggests that Silo City could store enough grain at one time that, when ground into flour would produce 462 million loaves of bread. An elevator in Buffalo built of reinforced concrete and is thought to be the first in the nation raised by slip forms into which concrete was continuously poured. Previously, concrete had only been poured once a day before any new concrete was placed. Left abandoned for many years, this area is now part of the revival of the Port of Buffalo with entertainment venues, bars, restaurants and artists setting up shop to take advantage of a very unique area. Amy captures this blend of the old and new in her photo Welcome to Buffalo. The silos in the background dwarf the chairs and tables in the foreground of what may be an outside eating area or a place for rest. The older, larger edifice towering over the present as the past does for us. It is tempting to marvel at our advanced industry and mass production that provides everything we may need. Automation is taking over many jobs that used to be accomplished by man and we marvel at our ability to create. Yet, these elevators built in the early 20th century still stand and are being reimagined for our day.


 Deep Blue by Beth Quattrociocchi - Three master photography teachers combine their photographic skills to display their impressions of the Riverworks complex area of Buffalo. It is always fascinating to see how different artist find different inspirations after being in the same area, seeing the same structures. Beth has utilized the color blue to grab our attention and not let go. The shades of blue vary from the light highlights to the deep blue of the shadows. The strong angled railing on the stairway with repeated vertical lines give the image a rhythmic quality-staccato notes in a falling arpeggio. The reds at the bottom of the stairs bring in a contrasting color as an accent. This reminds us that this is a stairway in real life, not just a wonderful graphic. Seeing beauty and strong compositions in "pedestrian" things like a stairway is the mark of an excellent photographer. Beth has seen this composition in an area where most people would just walk by, maybe mentally label the scene as a stairway and walk on. Beth has NOT done this, but she has been mentally present and seen and created this wonderful composition.



Portfolio Showcase 2019

Call for Submissions


We are pleased to announce that Image City Photography Gallery in partnership with Epson, Kodak Alaris, and Lumiere Photo are inviting you to submit your portfolio of photographs to one of the premier photography events in the area


Portfolio Showcase 2019,a Juried Exhibit 

August 6 - September 1, 2019

Reception and Grand Prize Announcement August 9 

Entries Must be Received by June 9  


This is our eleventh year for the Portfolio Showcase. We would like to invite your participation and submissions to this juried competition.


A few details:

  • Each entrant submits a portfolio of eight images on a CD or online
  • From those submitted, our judges will select the eight best portfolios. These will be exhibited and offered for sale by the winners at our Portfolio Showcase exhibit in August of 2019.
  • The independent judges will select the Grand Prize Winner from this elite group.
  • Prizes totaling a value of more than $2,500 will be given to the winners, generously offered by our sponsors.
  • We will publish a catalog displaying all eight winning portfolios; the winners will receive a copy and the catalog will be on sale at the gallery.
  • A link with our suggestions of what makes a good portfolio is provided on our web site.

Click Here for full details and the downloadable entry form. You can also get a hard copy of the entry form at Image City Photography Gallery and Lumiere Photo. You may also enter, pay the entry fee, and upload submitted images online.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact   


The Gallery Partners and our sponsors look forward to receiving your submission


Steve Levinson
Chairman of the Portfolio Showcase 2019




A Course by Steve Levinson

Creating Great Photographs with Adobe Lightroom

After taking this lecture and workshop course, you will have a workflow that you can efficiently follow for every photograph you make:

  • importing images into your computer so that you can easily find them at a later time
  • selecting the best images using an organized process
  • creating a customized creative digital image and then
  • making a fine digital print or posting on the internet.

Dates: May 29 and June 5, 12, 12, 7 - 9:15 pm
note there has been a date change from when originally announced 


Location: We will meet at the historic Pittsford Flour Mill, 15 Schoen Place, Pittsford


Price: The price for this course will be $190 and the class will be limited to a maximum of eight photographers. You can sign up and prepay for the course at Image City Photography Gallery. Check the link for details online at "Courses at Image City"-- 



Image City Critique Group  

Next Meeting is May 1 at 6:30pm


The next Critique Group meeting is Wednesday, May 1st, beginning at 6:30 PM.  The assignment for May is to pick a well known/famous photographer and try to emulate their style.  Please contact Don Menges ( for a copy of the large list of photographers that was sent to current Critique Group members. 



  Calendar of Events

  Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue


  April 26 Opening Reception, 5 - 8:30 Whose Woods These Are by David Bleich

  May 1 Image City Critiques 6:30pm
  May 3
First Friday Gallery Night 5 - 9 pm

  May 12 Last Day of Whose Woods These Are
  May 14 First day of our next exhibit by Jim Patton and David Perlman 

  May 29 First of 4 Sessions Creating Great Photographs with Adobe Lightroom - Steve Levinson   


Image City Photography Gallery Hours

 Tuesday - Saturday Noon - 6pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm

There is no admission fee to visit Image City


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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