News of the current exhibit and events at Image City


Image City Photography Gallery
Newsletter #148   September 13, 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.



Around Rochester 

By Sheridan Vincent 

Current Show Runs Through Sunday, September 29    


Our current exhibit at Image City Photography Gallery is Around Rochester with Gallery Partner, Sheridan Vincent's recently produced photographs featuring Rochester and the local region. Joining the show are Guest Photographers, Joel Krenis, returning for the second of three shows as our current Visiting Artist, Tom Kredo and Dave Braitsch in the Neuberger Gallery, and Chip Evra, and Marie Costanza.


Also exhibiting photographs are Artists-in-Residence, Jim Patton, Gary Thompson and Phyllis Thompson, and Gallery Partners, Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Steve Levinson, Gil  Maker, Don Menges, Luann Pero, Betsy Phillips, and John Solberg.


We have received many comments from our visitors that with 17 photographers exhibiting their art there is a wide variety of the photographs in the show. 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.  


Click here for the details of the show and a link to a preview gallery. The exhibit runs through Sunday, September 29.    



Partners' Picks of the Exhibit

Gallery Partners have picked their favorite photographs by the Featured and Guest Photographers in the exhibit; our choices for "Partners' Picks".

Ubehebe Dawn, Death Valley by Dave Braitsch - Dave has presented us with several wonderful sunrise/sunset images and, as he said, often you get caught up in the beauty of mother nature that you forget that you're actually making images.  Most of Dave's work involves long exposures and to do that you need the right atmospheric conditions, special equipment, and a lot of patience. Ubehebe Dawn is one of Dave's best images employing this technique, but let's look at this photograph forgetting the technical part for a bit.  It's a striking photo taken just as the sun is rising and the night sky is struggling to maintain its astral beauty in the darkness.  The clouds hug the horizon and act to accentuate land from sky. The crater is brilliantly lit by the early sun. The land between the crater and the sky is dark, but there is still enough light to make out detail and feel the texture in the shadows.  The blue and yellow colors are naturally complimentary and offset each other nicely.  This is a beautifully balanced image and seems larger than it is.  Dave has captured a large dynamic range from the white clouds on the horizon to the dark shadows in the corners.It's dynamic and inviting and makes us feel as if we would enjoy being there ourselves. Great work and it's complimented by the remaining images in Dave's wonderful collection.


Red Rock Canyon Oasis by Marie Costanza -- Marie has assembled an intriguing collection of photos taken in two parks in Nevada during March of 2019. She has always been drawn to rocks for their sparkle and color and for the geological history that they portray. Red Rock Canyon Oasis is a beautiful representation of Marie's work in this exhibit. The rock formation that is the subject, clearly illustrates the effect of the wind and other environmental elements on this area over hundreds of millions of years. The lines of the water in the foreground and the smaller trees to the left and right frame the majesty of the rugged mountain in the middle ground. Helping to give a 3D feel to the image, the higher mountains to the left in the background suggest that this is just one of many delightful formations in the area. The numerous clouds in the balance of the image remind us that daily weather and overall climate has a very lasting effect on the living environment. Marie has certainly shared with us the sparkle and color of the southwest.


Call to Prayer by Chip Evra -- This photograph tells a story - the shoes left on the street, the carpeted area is separated from the common day by a screen which puts the woman in her own holy space. This is the essence of prayer in Islamic cultures. The head is covered, contributing to the stillness of prayer. The image itself is very simple with only a few elements - this, too develops an almost-reverent quality to the photograph.Chip displays another element in his composition: utilizing the foreground (the worldly surround) exemplified by behind his leaving sandals. Then a step up into a softer spiritual world, behind a screen creating a private space removed from the hustle and bustle of the secular world.This is amplified by the purity of unadorned wall, a space in which the focus is the relationship between oneself and the one to whom prayer is offered. The lower perspective with the short focal length lens makes the sandals larger and the figure behind the screen appear distant. This carries the notion of moving a "distance" both physically and emotionally from the worldly to the state of prayer.



Morning Feeding by Tom Kredo -- Tom states that this is new direction for him, wildlife photography.  He has created in the photo Morning Feeding a beautiful image, reminding one of the classic Chinese and Japanese brush paintings with their minimalist approach to composition. It is amazing that this is Tom's first show of wildlife photography, as this image is masterful and shows great creativity in its composition. The bird is reflected cleanly in the water, making for a dramatic graphic image.  The beauty of the symmetry is amplified by the stream of water coming from its mouth, part of its feeding. Offsetting and balancing this bird are several simple plants which make for a complete composition.  The serene image with its muted colors and almost pastel appearance make for a wonderful photograph.


Weird Bird (Islamorada, Florida Keys) by Joel Krenis --This is Joel's second show as a Visiting Artist to the Gallery. His selection for this show displays and underscores the quality of his photography, with an excellent series of black and white images. So often "nature photographs" show beautiful colorful animals in their native habitat. Joel has done the opposite, making a photograph which evokes mystery and wonder. Questions the viewer may ask are why is the bird dancing? Why is he approaching from the ligght to the viewer amid the dense foliage? Is he bringing a message, a warning? We never even can determine what kind of bird this is, or is it a metaphor for something beyond being just a bird? The composition utilizes light very effectively, directing the viewer's eyes to the one light portion of the photo, framing this unworldly bird. The path converges on the bird, almost a stage like setting in natural surroundings. The corridor is also very interesting; it too has an almost unworldly appearance, as the lush wet environment of Florida would produce.  This is a fine photograph, showing how capturing nature can do more than just recording a close up of bird, and utilizing Joel's skill with black and white to make this an even more dramatic image.


Red Oak in Snow, Durand Eastman Park by Sheridan Vincent -- Too often we look at images on a computer screen and miss so much more of what the artist wants to convey. Sheridan has explored both novel ways to portray his images of subjects in the local area as well as ways to exhibit these images over his years of displaying his work at the Gallery. He has worked with a very creative framer to make finished products that swoop abound corners, break from the traditional rectangular perspectives and very effectively use techniques such as 360-degree photography. With Red Oak and Snow the frame becomes part of the presented photograph. It extends the beautiful colors of the tree in late autumn and makes for a wonderful finished image.  The tree has a somewhat unworldly look thanks to the skill used with the 360-degree photography employed. The white of the show contrasts with the green of the trees in the distance and the tree which is late in dropping its leaves, providing color both in the tree and detail of the fallen leaves on the pristine snow. This photograph demonstrates the collaboration between two very talented individuals. This is a beautiful photograph which belongs on your walls...... combining the beauty of both fall and winter as well a wonderful creativity in both photography and the finishing presentation. 




Image City Critique Group Meets October 2


The next meeting of the Critique Group is Wednesday, October 2nd starting at 6:30pm. The assignment for October is to bring 2-3 photos taken with your camera 4 feet or less from the ground. Contact Don with any questions.



The Magic of Light 2020


We will be sending out the Call for Submissions next week for  our annual The Magic of Light show in January 2020. We've moved the registration period two weeks earlier to provide you more time for printing and framing the selected photographs before you drop them off at the Gallery. Entry forms will now be due in early November. Be on the lookout for registration and submission information next week. 



Macro Photography Workshop, November 23  

by Don Komarechka 


We're pleased to offer you a chance to attend a hands-on workshop on macro photography led by one of the world's leading photographers, Don Komarechka. Don will help you capture stunning images of water droplet refractions like this one, and along the way you'll learn the techniques of composition, exposure, backgrounds and focus that apply to all forms of macro photography.




Don literally "wrote the book" on macro photography and will be sharing his extensive knowledge with you during this workshop to be conducted at the gallery on Saturday morning, November 23 beginning at 10 a.m.


The Workshop will be limited to 10 participants, so don't delay in signing up to reserve your spot with your payment of the workshop fee. Visit the Gallery or Click here for online registration and payment.



Calendar of Events

Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue


September 29, Last Day of Around Rochester by Sheridan Vincent

October 1, Opening day next exhibit SEE the Light by Anthony Ryan  
October 2, 6:30 pm
Image City Critique Group

October 4, 5 - 9 pm, Reception for SEE the Light  by Anthony Ryan
November 23
, 10 am, Workshop with Don Komarechka - Macro Water Droplet Workshop



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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