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Grandview Point, Grand Canyon  by Dick Beery

Grandview Point, Grand Canyon
by Dick Beery

Dick once again has presented a beautiful display of his photographs in the Neuberger Gallery.  These photographs were taken during his annual four-month journey through the magnificent Southwest....hence the title Driving the Southwest this Winter

Grandview Point—Grand Canyon is from a beautiful series of panoramas. This format is a wonderful way to portray the magnificent views of the Grand Canyon area….. a difficult area to photograph due to the amazing size and grandeur of this area of the United States.

Dick has done a wonderful job in this photograph of contrasting the almost wave-like undulations of the rock formations with the beautiful blue sky dappled with clouds. Several trees function as a counterpoint in the lower right-hand portion of the photograph, providing a sense of perspective. Dick also has some rocks in the lower left-hand portion of the photo which serve a similar purpose.

The contrast between the rough brown surfaces of the land and the blue and white sky provide a strong visual separation in the photograph, almost two different worlds. 

The other three panoramas complement this photograph, installed close to each other so that the viewer’s eye can easily move from one depiction of nature’s beauty to another.

The Ghost of Texaco by Carl Crumley

The Ghost of Texaco
by Carl Crumley

So why is this photo titled, “The Ghost’ of Texaco?   If you talk to Carl he’ll tell you a story about how that Texaco service guy was in the doorway when this photo was taken… and then he was gone… or he was looking out the window.  The story changes. Regardless, this is the fun Carl has with his images. This entire show is how Carl enjoys his photography. Don’t be fooled though. Carl is an excellent photographer. He takes his craft seriously and this photo is, in my opinion, one of the best in his show.

Beautiful, low in the horizon, sunlight illuminates this structure softly from the right. The foreground is wispy white with no footprints or tire tracks. The vintage gas pumps are stoic sentry’s waiting for the first customer. The buildings act as a bulletin board where several little “stories” are posted. Bright red breaks the stillness as it leads us across the frame from the Coke sign, to the air pump, to the Coke cooler, and finally to the gas pump. Then a bit of dark field on the right forces us back to the image and we catch the two Texaco signs and another Coke sign only to begin the trip again. A well framed image begging us to discover all the little details.

Finally, we see the Texaco Man watching us through the door and we ask ourselves if we saw him the first time through the photo or did he just appear – like a ghost!

Frozen in Time by Julie Oldfield

Frozen in Time
by Julie Oldfield

Many photographers are drawn to natural beauty; hence the large number of landscape photographers. Frozen in Time couples the landscape with man-made artifacts to yield a stunning photograph. 

Taken in the winter Julie has captured the cold blue light of the snow, combining it with the white gate, beautifully framing the Gazebo, with its open arms both inviting you to enter and approach the Gazebo and at the same time offering a barrier to entering if you don’t have the correct kind of footwear.

The symmetry is wonderful, showing the care that was taken by her in composing this photograph. Photographs like this make you stop and consider the metaphors presented by Julie in how she photographed this scene. One could ascribe many different meanings this photo. Creative writing classes could be given the assignment of describing what this photograph is saying, and one would get many different interpretations…. spanning subjects such as loneliness, inclusion, barriers, etc. etc. etc.

The mark of a great photograph, as with all art, is that it makes you think, try to understand the inner meaning of the work while at the same time providing an image that is very pleasing to look at. Julie has achieved this very effectively.

Cloud Forest to the Sea-Sunset Monteverde, Costa Rica by Gary Paige

Cloud Forest to the Sea-Sunset; Monteverde, Costa Rica

by Gary Paige


Myrna and Gary’s selection of images for their exhibit seems an outward demonstration of the joy with which this couple travels and photographs together. The colors are vivid and sharp, the people are all smiling and it’s a joyful look at the flora and fauna and people of Costa Rica. The only landscape in the exhibit, placed prominently in the middle, is a beautiful sunset from Monteverde. For this photo, Gary chose to silhouette the forest and the large tree in the foreground with the sky in brilliant sunset colors in the background.


The photo gods tell us not to place the what appears to be the subject in the middle of the frame, and yet it works for Gary because the sky is the true subject here. The clouds have their own forest features with undulations and peaks and valleys. The dynamic colors of orange and yellows dominate a third of the photo highlighted by the sun to the left of the tree. One can only envy Gary and Myrna eating their meal of Casado and drinking a delicious jaguar colada.

Winter Trees - Perinton, NY by Jeanne Rosenthal

Winter Trees—Perinton, NY
by Jeanne Rosenthal

 New York State offers boundless opportunities for the talented photographer. A very significant percentage of the artists who exhibit at our Gallery have created wonderful images with our surroundings as subject matter.

Jeanne Rosenthal joins this group of photographers with her current exhibit of photos taken of the varied sites, terrains and structures she sees as she travels throughout this area. 

Winter Trees is an excellent example of how she sees beauty in a subject that many just pass by as they hurry to get to where they need to go, especially in the winter time. This monochromatic photograph shows the contrast between the dark tree trunks and branches and the white of the snow and the winter sky. 

The trees seem to start below the mat and continue through the top edge of the mat, soaring into the sky. The trunks and strong, upright elements bound the photograph. They bend slightly towards the middle of the image, keeping the viewers eyes inside the left and right borders and allowing them to move up and down, the directions of the growth of trees.

The beauty of snow is captured by depicting how it clings to the horizontal branches, a time of beauty after a snow fall. 

Many folks in Rochester have learned to love the photographic opportunities of winter, at time when many stay inside or move to warmer climates.

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