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June 16 - July 13, 2014
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Gallery Picks of the Exhibit
Waiting for the Sun
Anthony uses a traditional 4 x 5 film camera to make his images. This type of camera generates an image that is 4 x 5 inches. In contrast, a 35 mm camera produces an image that approximates 1 x 1.5 inches. Using the larger camera and a good tripod requires a very methodical and time-consuming approach towards landscape photography. One can create remarkable high-resolution images. Another benefit of using such a camera is that it encourages taking time to create a composition that is worthy of photographing. Waiting for the Sun is a beautifully composed photograph employing the classic S-curve that leads your eye through the image. Framing the photograph with overhanging leaves allows the sky to be shown without detracting from the river, the hill and it’s covering trees. Anthony also creates a good interplay of colors between the blue water the green trees, the tan cliff side and blue sky.
In this exhibit Helen shows photographs she made in a project that began quite a while ago. Helen uses traditional black and white film and exhibits small images, creating a strong feeling of intimacy with the viewer. In her artist statement she refers to these photographs as a “theater of clothing” which is an excellent description of them. The images hold together very strongly as a meaningful portfolio, allowing the viewer to interpret her work in many different ways. This image, which appears to be two people interacting, causes the viewer to ponder its meaning. Although Helen indicated that these photographs were made during a time of personal sadness, the viewer is free to put any interpretation they wish on this work. It is almost like a Rorschach test for the viewer: are these spirits from long past times, creatures of the woods or a mother and child? Great art does not explain itself in an obvious manner but invites the viewer to ponder and reflect. Helen’s work definitely fits within this definition.
The underwater world provides an environment for photographing which Chip very effectively explores. He captures images under water with the approach that Henri Cartier-Bresson used called the “decisive moment”. The strong graphic image shows a very detailed photograph of a shrimp nestled amongst green tentacles. The screen background tends to frame the shrimp, exhibiting it in its environment. The massive green structures in the background are a wonderful contrast with the delicacy of the shrimp. The photographer must be very patient to make a photograph like this one; waiting until the subject is in the correct position. The decisive moment is the click of the shutter; only after the photographer has decided on the proper composition and has the camera ready with technical setting such as exposure, shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Being underwater makes this an even more challenging task than shooting on dry land!
Sifting Sand - Sahara Desert, Morocco
Jim Patton is frequently called an outstanding travel photographer, and his image Sifting Sand - Sahara Desert, Morocco, proves it yet again. The captivating photograph of an Arab man in colorful clothing, sifting desert sand through his hands is a striking image the viewer will enjoy studying. Jim took full advantage of this great photo opportunity and captured the image in absolutely perfect exposure and focus, something that would have been very difficult in this circumstance with soft backlight and a vast area of reflective sand that could fool a camera's light meter and a less experienced photographer. Years of traveling the world and photographing varied subjects under difficult conditions has resulted in Jim's ability to make some of the most beautiful and interesting photographs we see in our gallery. Our congratulations to Jim and our thanks for sharing his image with us.