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Gallery Picks of the Show

Through the Student Lens 2013

 Gallery partners have made a selection of their favorite from the Guest Photographers in the exhibit.

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Whisper Two by John Retallack


Whisper Two
by John Retallack

One component of great photographs is GESTURE. Photographs of people are most interesting when they are not standing stiffly and looking into the camera but when they are engaged in doing something. This is especially true when the gestures reflect who they are. John has provided eight great examples of the use of gestures in portraits. One can spend literally hours looking at each imagining what it going on. A creative writing class could assign its students to write a story about each of these images! Whisper Two employs these concepts along with strong composition and the effective use of models of different races. The expression on the model on the right is not clear, encouraging the viewer to ponder what is actually going on. We reflect on our own experiences, opinions and imagination to answer this question. Probably no two people will see this photograph in the same way. Some of the strongest photographs ever made make you think and John’s exhibit clearly falls within this category!


Here Comes the Surf Men by Mark Widman

Here Comes the Surf Men
by Mark Widman

In many of Mark's images he utilizes silhouettes very effectively. This image Here Comes the Surf Men is a different take on the other beautiful surfing images in this exhibit; rather than a beautiful blue, bright sky this image has a brooding mysterious sky. Is there a storm approaching or are these surfers walking the beach at the start or end of the day? Also is the fourth surfer part of this group or by himself? The use of minimum color makes this a very creative interpretation of the scene. This entire exhibit has the Beach Boy's classic songs echoing through my head. The image is not stagnant though peaceful. It is a great display of images, especially during an overcast frigid, late-winter Rochester day.

Land of Dream by Wu-Hsiung Yang


Land of Dream
by Wu-Hsiung Yang

The photograph Land of Dream lives up to its title. It evokes a peaceful and contemplative state in the viewer. The pastel colors, the wispy trees, the outlines of the birds, the fog and the capture of light all combine into a wonderful image. Winter scenes are often harsh and cold but this image is the opposite. The balancing of the strong yellow light in the upper right by the lit tree tops on the left and the birds in the center make for a beautiful triangular composition.

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