of the current exhibit and events at Image City
City Photography Gallery
Newsletter #128 March 1, 2018
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We publish our Newsletter during each of our exhibits
to pass along information and reviews of the exhibit, selected images
and news of 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 the 13 shows we
produce in 2018.
First Friday Gallery Night, March 2
from 5 - 9 pm.
Our current featured exhibit at Image City is Peter's Picks 2016 - A
Retrospective, where we look back to the photographs that
were selected in 2016 as "picks" by Peter Marr and by
Gallery Partners. For each of our 13 shows, several photographs that
we especially like are selected and we add a commentary on what we
appreciated to make the selection. We invited the photographers to
return for the retrospective show and you will enjoy the variety that
the 32 photographers bring to this fine exhibit. Peter Marr has been
making "Picks" now for about 10 years and we always enjoy
his insight and appreciation of photography and support at Image
City. Visitors are enjoying the photographs and reading the
commentaries posted next to each.
Guest Photographers for the exhibit are Don Komarechka,
in the Neuberger Gallery, Chris Goodenbury, and Arleen Thaler with an
exhibit of photographs in partnership with Writers and Books,
"Rochester Reads 2018" and the book The Distance Between Us
by Reyna Grande.
Rounding out the exhibit are award-winning photographs
from Camera Rochester competitions by Jeno Horvath, David Kotok, Al
Mosher, Loni Titus and Eric Vienne, as well as Gallery
Photographers, Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Steve Levinson, Gil Maker,
Don Menges, Jim Patton, David Perlman, Luann Pero, Betsy Phillips,
John Solberg, Gary Thompson, Phyllis Thompson, and Sheridan Vincent.
Here to see our website listing and link to a preview of a
stimulating selection of the superb photographs in the show. The
exhibit runs through Sunday, March18. First Friday Gallery Night is
March 2, from 5 to 9 pm. There is no admission fee at Image City and
the Gallery is accessible to all. Hours are noon-6pm, Tuesday through
Saturday and noon-4pm on Sunday. We look forward to your visit and
support of Image City and the exhibiting photographers.
Peter Marr's Pick of the Exhibit
Essence of Reverie by Don Komarechka
This scintillating exhibition of Don's photographs
in the Neuberger Gallery 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.
Joining the exhibit in the Neuberger Gallery is Don
Komarechka, a nature, macro and landscape photographer located in
Barrie, Ontario, Canada. From auroras to pollen, insects to infrared,
much of Don's photographic adventures reveal a deeper understanding
of how the universe works. Don also writes a monthly column for
Canada Magazine, provides images and video for the BBC
and Discovery Channel, has published a book of his snowflake images,
lectures, conducts workshops, and hosts weekly photography
podcasts. His book, Sky
Crystals, Unraveling the Mysteries of Snowflakes is
masterful in its description of the science, photographic technique,
and art of snowflakes and is available for purchase at Image
City. This video shows a behind the scenes look at Don
photographing mosquitoes in ultraviolet light for Discovery Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkHbZgKb9_I.
of Portfolio Showcase 2018
and a Free Workshop
10th Annual Portfolio Showcase will start accepting entries on April
15. It is not too early to start planning to enter your
portfolio of eight photographs into this prestigious event.
valued at more than $3,000 will be awarded to the eight finalists
(selected by two independent Judges) and, from this group, a Grand
Prize winner will be selected by the Partners after viewing the final
will be a special FREE Workshop on April 21 (10-noon) covering things
you should be considering as you put your portfolio together.
THE GALLERY TO SIGN UP--LIMITED NUMBER OF OPENINGS. YOU MUST SIGN UP
IN ADVANCE TO ATTEND THIS FREE WORKSHOP
Image City Critiques Group Meets March 14 (note date
The Image City Critique Group will be delayed a week
and will meet on Wednesday, March 14th, beginning at 6:30 PM.
The assignment for March is "artful ground photos".
Also, bring 2-3 prints to the meeting.
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue
March 2, 5 - 9pm,
First Friday Gallery Night
March 14, 6:30, Image
City Critiques Group Meeting
March 18, Last
Day of Peter's Picks
2016 - A Retrospective
First Day of Through
the Student Lens
March 23, 5 -
8:30pm, Reception for Through the Student Lens
City Photography Gallery Hours
Saturday Noon - 6pm
There is no admission
fee to visit Image City and we are accessible to all.
in the Heart of the Neighborhood
of the Arts
mission is to create a quality exhibition and learning
experience for photographers and the art-loving community.