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Partners' Picks of the Show

Peter's Picks 2014: a Retrospective
February 24 - March 20, 2015

Partners have made selections of their favorites
from the Featured and Guest Photographers in the exhibit.

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Partners' Picks

53 Studebaker by Michael Lempert

53 Studebaker
by Michael Lempert

The front seat view of a “1953 Studebaker” by Michael Lempert resonates strongly with oldtimers and lovers of classical cars. The red steering wheel appears to pop forward from the receding more mundane yellow-tan of the upholstery producing a three dimensional perception for the viewer.  By shooting from an angle Michael is able to create the impression of being in the front seat while leaving the details of the horn ring, gear indicator, gear handle, and control panel observable.  He has placed the steering wheel in a perfect rule of thirds position enabling our eyes to migrate from left to right clearly exposing the control and indicator panel before finishing with keys in the ignition switch.   

The photograph produces a strong sensation of depth which enables viewers to imagine themselves sitting in the front seat and handling the controls.  A warm nostalgic feeling is felt by those who remember the cars of the fifties.  Michael’s use of vivid colors further promotes the overall emotional feeling.  For those who actually remember the introduction and short life of the controversial “Bullet Nose” model of the “Studebaker” of the fifties, feelings pro and con must abound.
Morocco Blue #8 by Steve Levlinson

Moroccan Blue #8
Steve Levinson

Steve Levinson has created a thoughtful, coherent and intriguing body of work documenting a recent trip that he and his wife took to Morocco. During a visit to the city of Fez, founded about 800 AD and is the site of the world’s oldest university, their guide took them to a part of the old city. Rather than step back and take general ‘snap shots’ of the homes and businesses in the district, Steve selected a more intimate and minimalist method to take the viewer on his tour. This old section of Fez is an urban area that is striking in its primary colors of white, brown earth tones and Morocco Blue. It appears as if the area is uninhabited; no litter can be seen, no bicycles or other modes of travel are evident and no people or animals with an exception of a car, are in the passageways. And yet, the vibrant colors, the architecture, and the intricate designs bespeak a structured, ordered and vibrant society. Lines are sharp and distinct; there are very few curves or soft edges. Taken in mid-day, the dark shadows thrown by the sun’s rays add to the orderly structure of the city. Walks are narrow, since this is one of the world’s largest car-free urban areas.   

Morocco Blue #8 summarizes Steve’s exhibit. The walls surrounding the entrance appear massive, and though the door is closed there is a metal ring on the door inviting the visitor to knock and seek admittance. The human scale height of the blue on the lower part of the building blends well with the earthen wall and steps leading to the door. Since this is a desert area, very little, if any wood is in evidence. More evidence of the climate is seen in the pure white paint on the upper portions of the building to reflect the intensity of the sun. The terracotta tiles on the awning over the door are likely duplicated on the roof. The intricate design of the metal over the window and the accompanied painting on tiles next to it, along with a crest of arms by the door, is evidence an advanced and artistic culture. An apparent electric wire below the window, and what looks like a light at the top of the door jam is the hint of modernity in this otherwise ancient urban area.  

Steve has assembled an excellent collection of photos that pique our interest in the culture and society that Steve visited and as with the door in Morocco Blue #8, we wonder about the inner workings of such an ordered, though artistic society.


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