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Peter Marr's and Partners'Picks of the Show

Peter's Picks 2016 - A Retrospective

February 20 - March 18, 2018

 Peter Marr has chosen his "Pick of the Show"

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Peter Marr's Pick of the Exhibit
Essence of Reverie by Don Komarechka

Essence of Reverie
by Don Komarechka

 This scintillating exhibition of Don’s images gives a remarkable insight into how he has creatively explored and combined scientific and photographic technologies, to reveal intimate details of nature’s awe-inspiring radiance and artistry. Of all the captivating prints, my favorite is Essence of Reverie in which imagination, a great deal of trial and error and photographic expertise has resulted in a spectacular outcome. It is not necessary to know the process that Don used to create this masterful image, although I would conjecture that it involved spraying droplets onto a long plumed feathery seed head or a delicate stem, combined with macro photography. If a black background had been used, the end-result would have been a delightful silvery image of a spatial display of bubbles on an array where this a remarkable circular flow in almost every element.

Inspiringly, the artist used a flower for the background, one with a deep blue center, one with touches of purple and other warm colors that radiate out into the outer white petals.  Using flash photography and a shallow depth of field on the macro lens, the flower is out of focus, but magically, the droplets act like small lenses, and refraction of the light with these “lenses” reveal luminescent images of disk florets and white petals in most of the bubbles. The entire image retains the delicate flowing curve of the stem and all of the glorious circular elements, but it is now transformed into an entrancing and sublime display that is near to perfection as possible. Don imaginatively used one further component, namely water. By placing the stem in water, the flash exposure creates a wonderful reflected image of part of the curved structure, in which many of the droplets retain some of the flower details. The more that I look at this inspiring image and think about the author’s print title, the more that I am reminded of two lines from a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier, namely, “Drop thy still dews of quietness, till all our striving cease, and let our ordered lives confess the beauty of thy peace”. Peter A. Marr


Peter Marr

We are very grateful to Peter Marr for his thorough review and selection for Peter's Picks. Peter was born in England in 1935 and came to live in the United States in 1968. He worked for the Eastman Kodak Company for 34 years, retiring in 1998. During his employment and continuing into retirement, he has been an enthusiastic photographer. His photography has won him numerous awards throughout Kodak and in International Salons, including 5 George Eastman Medals, which is the top honor awarded to the most outstanding picture in the Annual Kodak International Salon. He has served as a judge in both local and international photographic competitions for the past 20 years, and is a Past president of the Kodak Camera Club and past chairman of many of the Kodak Camera Club organizations. In the past five years or so, he has devoted his photographic skills and interest into nature photography, notably bird photography. His bird photography has been the subject of several one-person exhibits, the most recent being at Ding Darling NWR, in Sanibel, Florida, The Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, New York, and at the Webster Public Library in Webster.

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