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Gallery Picks of the Show

B&W Invitational

January 24 - February 19, 2023

Gallery Partners have chosen our "Picks of the Show"
by Guest Photographers

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Another Side of Kodak by Dick Bennett

Another Side of Kodak
by Kimberly Benedetto

Kimberly’s desire to create photos of older buildings that have a definite history is demonstrated in Another Side of Kodak. I am reminded of the Ecclesiastes verse A Time for Every Season as I view this photograph. Kodak began as a kernel of an idea that went through many permutations as it became the largest employer in Rochester and the leader of the photographic industry. Though it exists in some forms today, it’s once massive industrial complex and consumer influence has ceased to exist. Kimberly chose to photograph her interpretation of “another side” with the Kodak building in the background of a what could be walls of another abandoned building or wall in the foreground. The growing brush and wild plants growing in the foreground hide most of the Kodak building and eventually could be hid from view. Just as with most of Millennials and Gen Zer’s (those born after 1990) have little if any personal understanding of the power and influence that Kodak had in Rochester. Yet, within the past few years Kodak has brought back Ektachrome E100 slide film, TMax P3200, high-speed black and white film, and Kodak Gold 200 in 120 format. Thus, as with the seeds of the brush and trees growing in the foreground, there is evidence of that same generational group picking up their parent’s old film cameras and seeing what the fuss was all about to create their own film images. Thank you, Kimberly, for sharing some excellent examples of historical structures in the area.

by Dick Bennett


Spirit of Murphy Park by David Cook

Spirit of Murphy Park
by David Cook

These photographs by David Cook of birds in flight are wonderful examples of going way beyond the typical photos of birds frozen in flight. Yes, this traditional approach allows us to admire the beauty of the bird color and shape and the elegance of them captured stop-motion in flight. But David provides so much more by adding motion and movement to what he presents. 

The bird is an abstract blur, though still being to appreciate the details of the wing feathers. You actually feel that the bird is flying in the frame!  It literally is moving from the right to the left, against an almost black background with streaks showing where the bird came from. 

There is a clear range of tones so that the shape of the bird's body is suggested, and it grounds the viewer in the reality of what he/she is looking at. 

Capturing a bird in flight is a challenge for any photographer, David adds another dimension to this challenge and all of these photographs excel technically. 

He states in his artist’s statement that he uses nature photography to explore his own sense of wonder and hopefully inspires others. In looking at these photographs he has clearly hit the bullseye!!

by Steve Levinson


The Cellist by Steve Dent

The Cellist
by Steve Dent

Surrounded by superb portraits photographed by Steve Dent, this photo deserves recognition for its powerful, penetrating and fascinating study of a cellist, taken while she is immersed in her art. This is truly a dynamic image showing us the strength and the intensity of a woman who is lost in her music. 

My eye travels from the woman’s long leg up the womanly curve of the cello, to the subject’s circular sweeping hair and lands on her perfectly lit face, where her strong jawline takes me right back down to her arm holding the bow. I am left wanting to know more about her. I believe she has fascinating stories to tell of herself, her music and her thoughts. 

The wonderful placement of the subject, striking light that gives us all the detail that we need, the dreamy look on her face, the use of intersecting lines of the cello bow and the cello neck, the parallel lines of the woman’s legs and the cello body; all of these elements contribute to give us a memorable image.

I envisage and continue to learn from her clothes, from her pose, from the concentrated expression of a woman who seems to have infinite pleasure in what might be a mystical experience. 

Such is the strength of this outstanding portrait in which I became absorbed, wanting to know more, certainly wondering if my thoughts and ideas about this woman are close to reality. This is a thought-provoking portrait, wonderfully seen and photographed.

by Marie Costanza

Out of the Fog by Elisa Knataitis

Out of the Fog
by Elisa Knataitis

In its simplicity, Out of the Fog compels me to get closer to try to understand what’s happening in front of me.  That the photo is not centered in the frame catches my eye and draws me in. I did not notice that there is no glass on this image until I was directly in front of it.  Elisa used some clever tools to make us see her story of a tree in a snowy fog.  The frame within a frame within still another frame makes that tree the target of my attention.  The textured paper the tree is printed on adds to the scene, and guess what?  If there was glass on this photo the paper’s texture would disappear. 

Well done, Elisa.

By Don Menges

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