News of the current exhibit and events at Image City


Image City Photography Gallery
Newsletter #150   November 8, 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.



Love of Land & Water   

By Gary and Phyllis Thompson   

Current Show Runs Through Sunday, November 24      


Our current exhibit at Image City Photography Gallery is Love of Land & Water by Gary and Phyllis Thompson, Artists-in-Residence. For more than 40 years Gary and Phyllis have pursued classic and lesser-known landscapes in the United States and Canada with a passion. Their exhibits over the years exceptionally share their photographic enthusiasm, capturing the mood in addition to the visual scene. Joining the exhibit are Guest Photographers Chris Cummings, Honey DeLapa, Bob Simon and, in the Neuberger Gallery, Tom Kredo. Award-winning photographers from Camera Rochester competitions include Bev Cronkite, Bonnie Gamache, Micheal Keaton, and Al Mosher.  


Also exhibiting are Artists-in-Residence, Jim Patton, and David Perlman, along with Gallery Partners, Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Steve Levinson, Gil  Maker, Don Menges, Luann Pero, Betsy Phillips, John Solberg and Sheridan Vincent.


We have had numerous compliments from those who have already visited. They enjoyed the diversity of photographs by the 21 participating artists and their stimulating 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. Consider the gift of a photograph for the upcoming gift-giving season. It would be a gift both unique and special. 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, November 24.    



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".


Barn at Sunset by Honey DeLapa -- Honey mentions in her bio that she photographs at the transition time between Autumn and Winter....a time that many of us start thinking about hibernating for the winter!  But as she illustrates with this beautiful photograph, if you do this you certainly miss something. The photograph is expertly composed, with the old barn counter-weighted compositionaly by the two bare trees, making for a very balanced photograph.  The light washing the front of the barn draws our eye to the colors which reflect similar colors on the horizon.  The two trees stand proudly, though denuded of the leaves of the summer and the early autumn seasons.  The foreground is of dried, somewhat unkempt underbrush, which provides a strong foundation for the photograph.There is a atmosphere of loneliness in this photograph.....both from the time of the year and the isolation of the barn on the landscape.  The foreground almost acts a a barrier, separating the barn from the viewer.  Pastel colors are inviting  with the glow of the sunset making for a counterpoint to the green of the foreground brush.Using a long aspect ratio, almost a panorama, Honey has the room to give each part of the photograph enough separation to make for a marvelous end result.


Abandoned Farm by Tom Kredo -- During a recent trip to Iceland with his wife Cindy, Tom was able to capture many different landscape photos, a sample of which is in the Neuberger Gallery. The muted colors and soft lighting owe much to the mist and fog that enveloped them though most of the trip. Many of these photos serve as a nice series, sharing some common characteristics. A viewer will quickly notice that the sheer magnitude of the landscape through which Tom is traveling, seems even grander through his use of a foreground subject that adds depth and proportion to the image. One notices that each of these subjects is placed in one of the power positions where the greatest tension is created and produces a more pleasing photo. The Abandoned Farm is placed just to the right of center providing a contrast to the mountain in the background. Observe that the light around the barn roughly corresponds to the shape of the mountain behind it. Tom has chosen to include quite a bit of the foreground, yet the ever-brightening light leads one into the mid-range of the photo that includes the bright light on the farm and the surrounding area including the horses in the field. The darker and less colorful background adds a great deal of depth. This certainly looks like an abandoned farm, but the grazing calmness of the horses makes one wonder. Thank you, Tom, for a wonderful series about a land which many of us are unable to visit.


Sailboat and Glacier by Bob Simon -- All of Bob Simon's black and white photos are wonderful, but Sailboat and Glacier stands out. There is a nice dynamic range between the whites in the sails and the blacks in the shadows. The rough and detailed texture of the glacier plays nicely with the very structured triangle and smooth surface of the sails. The feature that really stands out is the enormity of the glacier compared to a fairly large boat. Notice that the water line is low in the image and that the boat is not in the center. These are intentional and well thought out framing considerations. I'm reminded of the "Jaws" quote... "I think we need a bigger boat!"  Great photo Bob!


Calf Creek Falls - Utah by Gary Thompson -- For more than 40 years Gary has pursued landscapes in the United States, and he has taken thousands of photographs using slide film. Gary's photographs capture mood and emotion in addition to the visual scene of many lesser-known locations. Calf Creek Falls has always been one of my favorite Thompson captures. There are many impressive components to this photograph and all of them complement each other creating a truly remarkable image. The tones are mostly greens and golds - a beautiful combination. Gary used a slower shutter speed to make the falls smooth, but not too slow so as to hide all of the detail in the water. It's really nice how the two falls create a triangle between them with a little greener than the rest of the rock. It's a really inviting scene and you can feel yourself sitting on the bank listening to the water crash to the creek bellow. This is just one of Gary's many outstanding pieces in this exhibit.



Stepping Stones by Phyllis Thompson -- Once again we have been treated to a beautiful show by two of the top landscape photographers in Rochester.  Phyllis shows her own style, even though she and her husband photographs at the same locations. Stepping Stones checks off every box in a list of what makes an effective and beautiful landscape photograph. The strong graphic elements of the stream surrounded on both sides with hills containing the stream is beautifully composed.  The rocks catch your eye and draw you into the an almost hypnotic way.  Grasses in the water give texture to the stream and set off the stones.  One almost wants to walk across the stream on the stones, but there purposely is not any real clue to the size of the stones, one can only guess. The small amount of sky in the top-most part of the photograph balances the image, as well as the rock on the left side. Balance, drawing the viewer into the image, muted . non-garish colors and technical excellence make this a photograph that anyone would like to hang on their wall and enjoy this beautiful landscape for a long time.




The Magic of Light 2020

Quick Update


Thank you for your submissions to The Magic of Light 2020!


You should be receiving a letter identifying our selections of your photographs for The Magic of Light 2020 by the end of next week. Your next step is to print, matt and frame those photographs ready for installation in the Gallery. Please also check the title and price information you provided for your selected photo to make sure it is correct. There will be directions in the letter for you to send any corrections to us.


All framed prints, with a wire to install them, are due at the Gallery from Wednesday, December 18 thru Saturday, December 21 from Noon to 6pm.


Dick Bennett, Gallery Partner,  Chairman of the 2020 Juried Show at Image City  



Macro Photography Workshop, November 23: Sold Out   

by Don Komarechka 


We are very pleased that the workshop has "sold out" quickly and we are no longer able to accept reservations. Don Komarechka is well known for his exceptional workshops and has published the book on macro photography. The Workshop was limited to 10 participants. We will look for other workshop and seminar opportunities in the future.



Calendar of Events

Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue


November 24, Last Day of Love of Land & Water by Gary and Phyllis Thompson

November 26, Opening day next exhibit Holiday Show 2019 

November 28, Closed for Thanksgiving

November 29, 5 - 9 pm, Opening Reception for Holiday Show 2019
December 6, 5 - 9 pm,
First Friday Gallery Night Recepton



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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