|Image City Photography Gallery Newsletter |
|Issue: # 71||September 13, 2013|
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 2013.
Rochester Delights by Sheridan Vincent
Current Show runs through Sunday, September 29
The current exhibit at Image City Photography Gallery is Rochester Delights
by Gallery Partner, Sheridan Vincent. In describing the show, Peter Marr observed that the "visionary exhibition is a tour de force of spectacular images that are a remarkable tribute to the exceptional talents and consummate artistry of Sheridan. Rochester and its environs have never been captured so inspiringly and displayed so imposingly. ... many of his resplendent images are displayed as "AluminArte Metal Prints," resulting in prints of astonishing clarity and brilliance."
Guest photographers also exhibiting photographs are Robert Jennette in the East Gallery, Michael Carney, Chip Evra, and Michael A. Radin. We round out the show with work by Gallery Partners and Artists-in-Residence Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Steve Levinson, Gil Maker, Don Menges, Dan Neuberger, Jim Patton, David Perlman, Betsy Phillips, Gary Thompson, and Phyllis Thompson. Sixteen fine photographers in the exhibit present an excellent study in photographic interests, styles, and variety.
for a link to the details and a preview of images in the show. The exhibit runs through Sunday, September 29. There is no admission fee at Image City and the Gallery is accessible to all.
Peter's and Gallery Picks for the Show
During each of our photography exhibits we select "picks" of the show. "Peter's Picks" have been especially popular and we enjoy learning of the insight he brings from his long experience with photographic art. We have also expanded picks to include several made by Gallery Partners. We hope they whet your interest in the exhibit. Click Here to see larger images on our preview of the show webpage.
In choosing Sheridan Vincent's Beech-Linwood Garden, Peter observed "In a pristine setting, the observer can witness in reverence and amazement, why this weeping species exudes both a sense of splendor and strength. The wide panoramic view allows the observer to stand back and visualize the tree and its elaborate canopy, in a way that would not be possible if they were there in person. Placed centrally in the print, the massive trunk of the beech tree quickly splits into two parts, before they both rise effortlessly toward the unseen sky above, supported below by a relatively small external root system. In a circular canopy around the trunk, there is an intricate series of tree limbs that gracefully cascade to the ground below, whilst supporting a profusion of leaves and sub-branches. The direct lighting, softened somewhat by the overhanging branches and leaves, highlights the tree and its surroundings, resulting in impressively sharp detail and a gorgeous array of colors that further enhances this outstanding image. I would be remiss if I did not include the fact that the ground under the canopy of the tree spectacularly supports the total image experience. In the foreground, the colorful matted grasses blend beautifully with the greens and yellows of the leaves that artistically descend from the tree-limbs, whilst in the background, the fallen leaves cast a warm reddish glow, a reminder of a winter past, and highlighting the spring that has now graciously replaced it. This memorable print is a "tree for all seasons," artistically captured and presented by Sheridan for everyone to marvel at an enjoy.
Peter's next choice was Summer Solstice 2010 by Sheridan Vincent commenting "I particularly love the way that the delectable puffy cloud formations with their mirrored reflections in the lake, form an enchanting curved envelope that highlights the detail and linear beauty of the docks and anchored boats against a tree-lined horizon. Framed against the warmth of a colorful setting sun, is a foreground of immense charm and commanding power, in which two trees in particular help frame this unique and picturesque view of Braddock Bay. The more massive tree at the far left, elegantly leans away, allowing its delicate upper foliage to curve across and downward, artistically filling the top corner, whilst supporting the delicate green foliage at the bottom left hand side. As if nature had planned it, the other tree, no less magnificent, uses its extended root system to artfully snake across the foreground to complete the framework of this scenic masterpiece. These creative tree roots have used every inch of their precarious perch on the extreme lake edge to enhance their foothold, twisting and curving in dramatic fashion, in direct contrast to the unbowed landscape beyond. As a final gesture to the setting sun and to the idyllic serenity of the scene, there is a delightful array of tall reeds bending in the gentle breeze, epitomizing the quietness and beauty, evoking a sacredness that the environment is still alive."
For a third choice, Peter selected Reflections by Michael Carney noting "This is a truly delightful and inspirational image, that is made all the more uplifting by being captured and printed in Black and White rather than in color. There is an aura of timelessness as one explores a world of peace and serenity. The early morning setting is made all the more magical by the mist rising gracefully over the tranquil lake, partially shrouding the trees and distant landscape before vaporizing into the cloudless sky. The crowning glory of this quiescent vista, is that the mirror-like lake is rippleless, resulting in lovely reflections, that gives this print a charming and 3-dimensional appeal that is just priceless. The stand of tall trees at the far right contributes a powerful vertical element as the viewer's eyes sweep across the placid lake, following the line of the mist as it rises into the sky, pausing on the way to visualize the boat dock assembly. The latter, which appears to float in space, creates an authoritative, geometric foreground, set boldly against the sublime background. The subtle tonal variations throughout the image have been creatively controlled in the exposure and printing stages, allowing the observer to fully appreciate every element that is present in this stellar print. As evidenced by the upturned boat and "No Diving" sign, this is certainly the time of day to admire nature's awe-inspiring beauty, in an atmosphere that is filled with quiet emotion."
Our first gallery pick in the exhibit is by Chip Evra, titled The Glen. "In his artist statement Chip talks about capturing the moment. His underwater photographs display a world of color and sometimes whimsy. The image The Glen is a slight departure from the rest of the photographs, showing a phantasmagorical landscape of waterfalls, wet rocks and foliage. It seems to portray a world that only exists in a fairytale; however we know that this is an image of something in the real world. The viewer's eyes are drawn from the top of the photograph to the bottom by the series of multiple waterfalls descending down into the pond at the bottom of the photograph. This composition by Chip underscores the strong control that Chip uses in making his photographs. The strong greens of the foliage contrast dramatically with the wet rocks and flowing water. Many of us have images that we can call to mind to allow us to escape from the real world (for example when sitting in a dentist's chair) and this photograph is a great example of such an image. This would be a great photograph to have available to look at when one wishes to take a short "mental vacation" from the daily routine!"
A second gallery pick is Two But Only One by Robert Jennette. "Photographs that require you think while you are looking at them are among the most powerful images we show at the gallery. The meaning of this image is certainly not clear upon initial observation and after looking at it for a while it still leaves the viewer not quite sure of its meaning. The reduced saturation of this image contributes to the focus of one's eyes on the juxtaposition of the two individuals touching hands; or they are reflection or are they two separate people? Why are these two figures standing in a relatively empty space in a very modern building? One could go on listing the many questions that this photograph evokes in the viewer. Not only is this image a challenge to understand but in addition Robert has created a strong graphical composition in which the eye moves from one figure to the other via other outstretched arms. Keeping these two individuals in the shadows adds to the mystery of this photograph."
The third gallery pick of the show is Midnight Cowboy by Tom McGlynn "To anyone who's seen the classic movie midnight cowboy this image stirs strong memories of a film that was very different in its day and still today. One can still remember John Voight and Dustin Hoffman as walking through New York City with the classic song "Everyone's talkin'" by Nilsson playing in the background. The almost fantasy world of the store window photographed in high key contrasts dramatically with the two figures in the foreground who are in shadows. This photograph is one of several in this month's exhibit which inspire the viewer to ponder its subject. Technically Tom has captured both the details in the shadows of the two figures in the foreground as well as maintaining detail in the window display. The contrast of dark and light underscore the differences between the worlds of reality and the make-believe world of fashion. There appears to be in interplay between the manikins in the window and the individuals watching them even though we know that this can only be a one-way interaction in reality."
|Call for Work: The Magic of Light 2014 at Image City|
After six successful editions of our annual juried show, we are pleased to let you know that there will certainly be another. The theme of the 2014 Image City Juried Theme Show is again titled The Magic of Light. The theme is open, to give you freedom to create astonishing photographs. The exhibit of selected photographs will be in January 2014 at Image City.
You can find all details for your submission at the special link: The Magic of Light 2014 Call Page. The same information is also available via the Image City Website. If you have any question, please feel free to contact me at Gilbert.Maker@ImageCityPhotographyGallery.com or by phone at 585-271-2540.
All Gallery Partners look forward to receiving your submission by November 18, 2013 -- even better, if we receive it before October 26 - see the details on the link above. Feel free to forward this announcement to any of your friends and relatives who might be interested in participating in the Image City Juried Show, The Magic of Light 2014. There is a forward email link at the bottom of this Newsletter.
Gilbert Maker, Gallery Partner
Chairman of the 2014 Juried Show at Image City.
Image City Critiques
At Image City on Wednesday, October 2 at 7pm
Each month the Gallery sponsors Image City Critiques, our program to provide participants an opportunity to engage in a friendly, constructive, and positive critique and review of their photographs. The sessions are held on the first Wednesday of the month and the next session will be on October 2nd, at 7pm. For the assignment for this session, photographers are asked to take 3-5 images of subjects interesting to them that work well together. Be prepared to discuss your choice of composition. Prior to the session email the image files to Don Menges at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|A Course at Image City|
Creating Great Photographs with Adobe Lightroom 5.0
This fall at Image City one class will be offered: Creating Great Photographs with Adobe Lightroom 5.0 by Steve Levinson. It will be held Thursday Nights, October 17, 24, 31, and November 7 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Pittsford Flour Mill, 15 Schoen Place, in Pittsford. The fee is $165. Click Lightroom for the full details on our website describing the course. Gallery Partners are also available for one-to-one coaching with details also described at the Courses link.
|Calendar of Events|
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue
September 29 Last day for Rochester Delights by Sheridan Vincent
October 2 the next Image City Critiques 7pm at Image City
October 2 Opening day for Simply Myanmar by Dick Bennett, Hope DellaStua, Chris Kogut, Bob Pierce, and Terri Sipone.
October 4 Artist's Reception for Simply Myanmar 5 - 9pm.
October 4 First Friday Gallery Night, 5 - 9pm
Image City Photography Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11 - 7, Sunday Noon - 4
There is no admission fee to visit Image City Photography Gallery
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607
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