of the current exhibit and events at Image City
City Photography Gallery
Newsletter #144 May 24, 2019
Our Newsletter publishes during each of our
exhibits to pass along information and reviews of the exhibit,
selected images and news of participation opportunities at Image
City. 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 2019.
by Jim Patton and David Perlman
Current Show Runs Through Sunday, June 9
First Friday Gallery Night, June 7, 5 - 9 pm
Our current exhibit is Fantasy & Reality featuring
the photographs of Gallery Artists in Residence, Jim Patton and David
Perlman. Their selections of photographs, bring us views of David's
creative fantasies and Jim's photojournalist captures of the reality
of life in the Mississippi Delta, home of blues music and many
wonderful people living in poverty. We very much appreciate the
artistic contributions and longtime support Jim and David have
brought to Image City since the inception of the Gallery.
Joining Jim and David, we have exceptional photographs
by eleven Guest Photographers: Lisa Cook in the second of three
shows as our current Visiting Artist; Guest Photographers, David and
Irene Burnet, Marisa Nicodemus, Monroe Payne, and in the Neuberger
Gallery d. dargan teska and Mike Shoemaker; and award-winning
photographs from Camera Rochester competitions by Stephen Kalbach,
Sheila Nelson, Alex Pendleton, and Ron Weetman.
The show will also include the work of
Artists-in-Residence, Gary Thompson, and Phyllis Thompson, and
Gallery Partners Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Steve Levinson, Gil
Maker, Don Menges, Luann Pero, Betsy Phillips, John Solberg,
and Sheridan Vincent.
Plan to attend First
Friday Gallery Night on June 7 from 5 to 9 pm.
Our receptions are a great opportunity to view the art, discuss it
with the attending artists, and to invest in their photographs. With
24 exhibiting photographers, you will enjoy the range and diversity
of the show. Click
Here to see our webpage for show
details and a preview of photographs in the exhibit.
Partners' Picks of the Exhibit
After reviewing the photographs by the Featured and
Guest Photographers in the current exhibit, partners have selected
our favorites and have written a commentary on why we made the
selection. This is a popular feature of Image City exhibits, visitors
enjoy reading the insightful comments while viewing the photos.
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
by d. dargan teska
d. dargan's four muted, monochromatic portraits share
distinctive elements of what it means to be human - connection,
danger, dreams and failure. Boulevard of Broken Dreams reminds me of
the song from the 60's - "Is that all there is?" sung by Peggy
Lee. One 'rule' of composition is that if the subject is moving, its
placement is generally to the left of the fame so that the viewer's
eyes visualize the space the subject is walking into. d. dargan
places her subject to the left of the frame, moving to the left, out
of the frame. The contemplative figure, somewhat slouching seems to
be purposefully walking away. The rain and fog in the urban landscape
and the slightly tilted background adds to the bleakness of the
subject. Thank you to Deb for a well thought out composition.
by Jim Patton
Chapel is the gentle structure amidst the fields of
cotton, now waiting for Spring to bring their new growth and green to
the landscape.The chapel, made famous by the movie, "The
Help", sits in the hedge row separating the vast flats.The trees
bare their branching structures, setting a visual context for the
chapel. The stark rows of sleeping cotton plants point our
attention directly to the chapel, inviting us to look closer, to
explore the details. The photograph could almost be a monochrome in
browns - a snowless winter scene of the South. What
feeling does this photograph bring to you? Jim has presented a
wonderful image of this place, this chapel. Enjoy!
Life on the Porch
by Jim Patton
Jim has captured just a moment in unfolding life
stories, and presented a photograph that we can take our time with -
it offers so much. The man sits on the old couch out on
his porch , comfortable, at ease, with no pretense.
Working shoes off, two little pups at his side. We can
imagine he's a working man - does something with NAPA, has a
family. Oh, his daughter walking on-stage with the potato chip
bag. There's the "No Trespassing" sign that increases
its prominence by its placement in a corner of the triangle - man,
sign, daughter. What's that about? It's all in a moment,
and we're invited guests. Once again, Jim shows his ability to
capture and share moments of humanity, this time from our own
Ready for Visitors
by Monroe Payne My first
impression of Monroe Payne's image, Ready for Visitors, is a 'Sense
of Place.' Monroe has given us a wonderful image full of life and
warmth. We are taken behind the scene of perhaps a busy thoroughfare,
hidden from view by the peach colored walls of the buildings.The
perspective and composition in the image enable us to be transported
through the cobbled street to a pup waiting patiently for a visitor
or a walk and then beyond to an ornate door. One might ask what's
behind the door? Above the door are two windows with the top window
catching the reflection a blue sky. Balconies overflowing with
flowers and vines add to the serenity of this scene. The angle of the
camera emphasizes the leading lines of the buildings on either side
of the walkway that guide us into the photograph to the door and two
windows at the far end. The door and two windows are off center
allowing room for the pup to roam in the lower third of the picture.
The depth of field is spot on. The image looks as if it may
have been edited using digital software that a gives a pleasant
painterly feel to the image. This Ready for Visitors conveys a
peacefulness through the use of color and composition. Monroe's
image projects a quiet hidden place where neighbors can converse over
their balconies with the smell of simmering pots of food in the air.
The Inherent charm of this place and the impression that people
derive from its atmosphere give us a sense of place with an unfolding
by David Perlman As you
look at David's collection of images for this show you can't help but
notice his whimsical style. There are often "objects"
hanging off his frames or water spigots pushing out of the middle of
the image. Gears goes beyond these and offers us a functioning
clock with the correct time; six, three dimensional blocks with
photographic gear elements on the surface; and a combination lock
that actually turns (I tried it). All of these elements are
fixed on a base photograph of several gears. Your first
inclination is that the black frame encompasses B&W elements, but
there are also gold, silver, brass and small red and green buttons on
the clock. The more time you spend with this photographic
potpourri the more interesting little ingredients you'll find.
David Perlman David has
a penchant for moving parts. If his photograph doesn't
explicitly have actual moving parts, the image portrays them
realistically. Piston Rods is one such image. I am drawn
immediately to the large red vertically positioned "rods"
as if they are just about ready to be shoved into motion by a sudden
explosion on top of invisible pistons. The rods hold the only
color in this photo, save a small blue patch, so they grab our
attention instantly. The larger than life nuts and bolts hold
this machine together as the wheel behind all this machinery is about
to turn. This image "feels" big and powerful and just about
to put into motion as David has successfully intended it to be.
Ontario Icescape by Michael
Shoemaker Mike has some wonderful
color landscapes of different areas where he and his wife have
visited over the past 20 years. He won an award for his winter view
of the Sodus Lighthouse. However, the one that grabbed my attention
was Lake Ontario Icescape. Photography is "reading light"
and Mike crafts an excellent example of how it is done. Creating a
photo close to sunrise or sunset, the so called "golden
hour" produces soft lighting from a lower level of the sky.
Taking the same image at mid-day with harsh lighting leads to scenes
with few shadows that rapidly change from bright light to black. Soft
lighting as Mike highlights here, shows gradual gradations from the
deep shadows to the lighter areas. The addition of these softer
shadows generates the sense of depth and three-dimensional quality to
the landscape. Mike also uses a soft pallet of colors. The snow and
ice form a nice smooth transition from the foreground to the
background that allows your eye to wander and partake of the serene
view. Of course, all this is in contrast to the harsh conditions that
Mike likely experienced in order to share this wonderful icescape
We are pleased to announce that
Image City Photography Gallery in partnership with Adobe, Epson,
Kodak Alaris, and Lumiere Photo are inviting you to submit your
portfolio of photographs to one of the premier photography events
in the area. Note that the deadline for submissions is fast
Portfolio Showcase 2019,a Juried Exhibit
August 6 - September 1, 2019
Reception and Grand Prize Announcement August
be Received by June 9
This is our eleventh year for
Showcase. We would like to invite your
participation and submissions to this juried competition.
- Each entrant submits a
portfolio of eight images on a CD or online
- From those submitted, our
judges will select the eight best portfolios. These will be
exhibited and offered for sale by the winners at our
Portfolio Showcase exhibit in August of 2019.
- The independent judges will
select the Grand Prize Winner from this elite group.
- Prizes totaling a value
of more than $2,500 will be given to the winners, generously
offered by our sponsors.
- We will publish a catalog
displaying all eight winning portfolios; the winners will
receive a copy and the catalog will be on sale at the
- A link with our suggestions
of what makes a good portfolio is provided on our web site.
Here for full details and the
downloadable entry form. You can also get a hard copy of the
entry form at Image City Photography Gallery and Lumiere Photo.
You may also enter, pay the entry fee, and upload submitted
If you have any questions,
please feel free to contact
The Gallery Partners and our
sponsors look forward to receiving your submission
Chairman of the Portfolio
A Course by Steve Levinson Starts
Creating Great Photographs with
After taking this lecture and workshop course, you will have a
workflow that you can efficiently follow for every photograph you
images into your computer so that you can easily find them at a
the best images using an organized process
a customized creative digital image and then
a fine digital print or posting on the internet.
Dates: May 29 and June 5, 12, 12, 7 - 9:15 pm
note there has been a date change from when originally
Location: We will meet at the historic Pittsford Flour
Mill, 15 Schoen Place, Pittsford
Price: The price for this course will be $190 and the
class will be limited to a maximum of eight photographers. You can
sign up and prepay for the course at Image City Photography Gallery.
Check the link
for details online at "Courses at Image City"--
Image City Critique Group
Next Meeting is June 5 at 6:30pm
The next Critique Group meeting is Wednesday, June 5th
beginning at 6:30 PM. The assignment for June is to take
photographs that have 3 distinct subjects. They can be 3 of the same
subjects or 3 different subjects. Please contact Don Menges (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University
29 First of 4 Sessions
Creating Great Photographs with Adobe Lightroom - Steve
Image City Critiques 6:30pm
First Friday Gallery Night 5 - 9pm
Last day of Fantasy
& Reality Exhibit
June 9 Deadline
for Submissions - Portfolio Showcase
June 11 First day of Black and White Invitational
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