|Image City Photography Gallery Newsletter |
|Issue: # 34||September 20, 2010|
We publish our brief Newsletter during each of our exhibits to pass along information and reviews of the exhibit, photographic tips, selected images and news of other participation opportunities at Image City. We thank you for your interest and we look forward to another great year of fine photographs and events. We hope to see you at each of our 13 shows in 2010.
A Sense of Place - Exhibit by Joel Krenis and Don Menges
Current Show Runs Through Sunday, October 3
Gallery Partners Joel Krenis and Don Menges have produced an exceptional exhibit that takes us far to distant and foreign settings and near with local spaces and interiors inviting a relaxing moment. They each find A Sense of Place, their title for the show, with exceptionally produced photographs. Jim Dusen, the long-time Manager of Photographic Services at the College at Brockport, is exhibiting his infra-red photography in the our East Gallery with exquisite black-and-white nature and landscape photographs.
Guest photographers also in the show are Dick Bennett, Archie, Curry, Art Dunn, and Michael Edwards. Award-winning photographs from Camera Rochester competitions are in an exhibition by club members Ben Barlow, Jim Flanagan, Ron Gouger, Susan Kaye, Fred Kellerman, and Wi-Haing Yang. Rounding out the exhibit are Artists-in-Residence Jim Patton and David Perlman and Gallery Partners Daniel P. Crozet, Steve Levinson, Gil Maker, Dan Neuberger, Betsy Philips, Gary Thompson, Phyllis Thompson, Sheridan Vincent, and George Wallace..
For full details of the show click here -- where you will find a link for our Preview of the Show and also the Peter's Picks link. There is no admission fee to visit Image City.
Note October 1 is First Friday Gallery Night, Image City is open until 9pm on First Fridays.
|Picks of the Current Show|
|Peter Marr Picks Six Photographs |In the current show, Peter Marr has selected six photographs as his picks of the show. A popular feature, for each of "Peter's Picks" he writes a review, and we have excerpts from his discussion here in the newsletter. You will want to go to the webpage link to see larger images and Peter's full write-up, or, certainly better, be sure to visit the gallery to see them in person.
Peter chose Chilkat River Valley
by Archie Curry commenting "The artist has embodied a mystical atmospheric drama into many of his powerful landscapes, exemplified by low light and fog enshrouded scenes. In particular, I really admire ..... the Chilkat River Valley
photograph as one of my "picks", for not only does it embrace all of the above qualities, it has a scale and presence that truly captures the magnificence, grandeur, and remoteness of this area of Alaska...... the crowning glory of this lovely, bleak landscape, is the existence of a large number of American Bald Eagles, lined up like sentinels on the river bank, patiently awaiting the salmon and other fish to swim towards them. These magnificent birds bring a noble and awe-inspiring presence to this remote area, reminding us once again, how nature can survive and thrive in seemingly inhospitable places. This imposing landscape image captures the true essence and majesty of this part of the Alaskan peninsula."
In Jim Dusen's photograph Peter commented that the "The author has creatively used infra-red photography in presenting us magical landscapes that burst forth with both power and delicateness. His excellent prints are true revelations, and they all take on a new dimension and fascination for the viewer to explore and enjoy. I was particularly intrigued and taken by the Cactus Garden, in which the power and majesty of the dominant tree, acts as a superb foil to the cacti plants, the latter being so beautifully captured and delineated by the infra-red process. The tree, with its menacing, intertwined arms, seems at first to be out of place in this sea of cacti plants, although it is very evident that its delicately structured leaves, both shade and allow plentiful sunlight to nurture the unique flora. ..... The infra-red has taken us into a magical kingdom, enabling us to explore our own fantasies in an enchanting and exhilarating fashion.."
With Joel Krenis' Medici Chapel Peter observed that "in his outstanding exhibition, the author takes us on a magical tour, to give us not only memorable images from Italy and Eastern European countries, but also fascinating prints from closer to home, principally from New York State. In studying Joel's elegant and masterful prints, I was immediately reminded of two well known quotations that seemed so appropriate to his images. Firstly, Robert Frost said "I took the road less traveled by, and that has made the difference," and secondly, Ansel Adams so marvelously stated, "Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter." The astonishing and electrifying print, Medici Chapel, is a superb example that illustrates these two quotations admirably. Taken in the province of Abruzzo in Italy, this remarkable image would certainly seem to indicate that the area is off the beaten track. ..... One cannot imagine any better print of this lovely chapel, a great tribute to the masterful skills and artistry of the photographer."
A photograph by Don Menges was Peter's next -- "Don has not confined his considerable talents to just making interior works of art, so we are fortunate that he has included in this exhibition, several exterior scenes, two of my favorites being, Blue Caboose, and the Rochester Public Market. I decided, however, to comment further on Chase Walkway, one of two outstanding images centered around the Chase building, both of which amply display Don's outstanding photographic and artistic prowess. The walkway is an architectural gem, a superb image that has a marvelous rhythm of surfaces, lines, curves and values, blending effortlessly into an organic coordination of visual elements. The stellar print has powerful, curved vertical elements that reach effortlessly upwards from an intersecting serpentine walkway...... I always try, when I comment on one of my "picks", to introduce an element of mystery, so that some viewers can exercise other neural pathways for extra enjoyment. Great photographic art like this-image, can also elicit great food for the imagination.
In a second selection from Joel Krenis' work Peter commented "It has been said that the more one looks, the more one sees, and the more one sees, the better one knows where to look. Illustrative of this statement is Joel's exquisite print of Aegean Trees, taken somewhere in Turkey. Here, clinging for life on a rock-strewn escarpment of a deep-walled canyon, these impressive trees proudly thrust their elegant needle clusters, outwards and upwards, in order to intercept every last ray of life-giving sunlight. The sparse, poor soil, has forced the tree roots to seek moisture, nutrients and minerals from within the rocks...... This is an exemplary example of the untouchability of nature for its matchless and unrivaled beauty. Joel has given us an aesthetic, resplendent.
A second selection from the work of Don Menges, Peter noted that "As Elliott Erwitt so eloquently stated, 'You have to devote yourself totally to be successful at it,' and over the last two years or so, Don has honed his considerable photographic prowess and digital skills to an unsurpassed level of excellence. For most people who have a great interest in photography and art, it would be commonplace for them to identify a landscape by Ansel Adams, a decisive moment print by Cartier Bresson, a Van Gogh or Picasso painting, etc. Now, particularly in this Gallery, one can instantly recognize and admire a masterpiece by Don Menges. His sumptuous interior prints of homes, mansions, churches and local cafes and restaurants are extraordinarily rich in detail and color. Furthermore, this Menges quality is readily identifiable in his outdoor pictures. Edibles Dining Room
is an outstanding example of Don's work, and for the restaurant owner, a veritable advertising tour de force. ..... Truly, a Menges masterpiece par excellence
|Our Sidewalk Sale October 2, 10am to 7pm|
Image City Photography Gallery's First Sidewalk Sale
Be sure to save the date! On Saturday, October 2, Image City will have our first Sidewalk Sale at the Gallery with a tent set up near the gallery for a festive time. Participating gallery partners will have their photographs available at sale prices. It runs from 10am to 7pm and will be a great time to enhance your photography collection with fine works that will be available.
|Sign up for a Day Tour of Autumn Photography|
|A Day of Photography at Conesus Lake and Stony Brook |
Gary Thompson and Dick Bennett are announcing a day tour of Autumn Photography coupled with two classes to prepare and celebrate the day. On Sunday, October 31, participants will car pool to Vitale Park to enjoy and capture the sunrise. Depending on conditions and lighting we will proceed to the south end of the lake to photograph at one of one Dick's favorite areas in a wildlife preserve. We will then drive on to Dansville for breakfast and then proceed into Stony Brook State Park where we will spend the remainder of the day capturing the mood and ambience of this beautiful gorge.
On Friday, October 29, before our trip we will have an orientation meeting and a lesson on how to capture white water images on both overcast and sunny days.
On Thursday, November 4, we will celebrate the experiences of our photo day by reviewing images that we have captured. Both digital and slide film projection will be available.
Image City Photography Gallery is co-sponsoring this event by providing the space for holding our meetings and enabling you to sign-up at the Gallery. You can obtain a brochure providing more details and an application form at Image City, from either Dick or Gary or Click Here for a link to the application form.
The cost for all three sessions is $55.00. In order to insure the quality of this experience we are limiting the number of participants to fifteen.
|Image City Critiques|
|At the Image City on Wednesday, October 6 at 7pm | Each month, we have had a good turnout for Image City Critiques, a free program we offer at the Gallery to provide participants an opportunity to review their photographs and participate in a friendly, constructive, and positive critique. The sessions are held on the first Wednesday of the month and the next is Wednesday, October 6 th from 7:00-9:00 pm. If you would like to join us, please bring 2 or 3 jpg images that are at most 1MB in size and at most 1500 pixels on the longest side. You may also bring them as a print, on a CD, or on a thumb drive. If you have any questions please contact Don Menges (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Gil Maker (email@example.com). We look forward to meeting with you on
Wednesday, October 6 th at 7pm.
|Gary Thompson's Photo Tip of the Month|
Wherever I travel, roads, pathways, and trails interest me and provide good subject matter for photography. Successful images of roadways involve communicating an invitation to move into the image and travel along the road or pathway. To accomplish this the photographer needs to look for good lighting and then some inviting lines leading into the image.
Both conditions prevailed one Autumn while I was photographing in the Greenbrier section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The lighting was soft and diffused after a morning rain and the narrow serpentine dirt road contained an attractive series of "S" curves as it meandered back into a hardwood forest. Because this narrow two-way road is the only road through this area of the park I entitled my example image "The Greenbrier Highway".
In making this image I used my zoom lens at about 135 mm at f-16 in order to compress the distance and maintain image sharpness down the road. This mild telephoto focal length also enhanced the series of "S" curves. Roads, pathways, and trails are some of the most sought after images in the Stock Photography business.
Click Here to see a larger image of Greenbrier Highway and to review the other photographs in the series and the tips Gary has written.
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October 2, 2010 Sidewalk Sale at Image City
October 3, 2010 4pm end of A Sense of Place Show
October 6, 2010 Image City Critiques begins at 7pm at the Gallery
October 311, Photography Day Tour with Gary Thompson and Dick Bennett
October 31, last day for the special rate for entry fee for the Focus Show
November 14, Deadline for submissions to the Focus juried theme show
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