of the current exhibit and events at Image City
City Photography Gallery
Newsletter #154 March 6, 2020
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 2020.
Mostly in New York
by Devin Mack
Current Show Runs Through Sunday, March 22
First Friday Gallery Night, March 6, 5 - 9 pm
Our current exhibit is Mostly in New York by
Devin Mack, who is exhibiting a stimulating collection of his works
on aluminum and print. The scenes represent areas of New York and select
world locations that Devin has experienced. Joining him in the show
is JFK/AJVK - John Kosboth, who is participating in the second of
three exhibits as our current Visiting Artist and in the Neuberger
Gallery, Carl Crumley. Guest photographers are John Retallack and
Daniel Silver, as well as award-winning photographers from Camera Rochester competitions,
Jason Abel, David Braitsch, Nikhil Nagane, and David Ridley. Rounding
out the show will be Artists-in-Residence, Jim Patton, David Perlman,
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. With the 20
photographers in the show you will find a broad range of subjects and
Here to see our website listing and Click
Here to link to a preview of a stimulating selection of
superb photographs in the show. The exhibit runs through Sunday,
March 22. There is no admission fee at Image City and the Gallery is
accessible to all. Gallery Hours are noon-6pm, Tuesday through
Saturday and noon-4pm on Sunday.
Partners' Picks of
Gallery Partners have picked their favorite photographs by
Featured and Guest Photographers in the exhibit, our choices for
Overload by John Kosboth -- John's work is meant to make you think. Often,
when you ask John what a particular photograph is about, he'll
say; "What does it mean to you?" He'll smile at
you as you attempt to figure it out, knowing full well that that
is always difficult to do. He knows what it means to him, but
there is no wrong answer. John really wants to know what YOU see!
So, here goes. I would assume that there is a tree house in the
center of this photo as you can see the large trunk rooted firmly
in the ground and the "ship" fully impaled by the
trunk, but wait, there are massive billowing sails as if this
tree-house-ship was actually going to move. Note the small
"memory" just to the right of the mother ship! The
Gallery lights and fan illuminate the scene nicely and keep our
reality in check. John is telling us that our imagination is held
in check by our deep roots that we find so hard to release so we
can escape into all those clouds. The dark rectangle is the small
world we have experienced the rest we have yet to discover.
Finally, the swing. This is the connection to our childhood. Look
how far it extends to the top. Imagination is where our child is.
3 Photographs by
Devin Mack -- There are many
of Devin's photographs that easily deserve an acknowledgement of
their quality, but this set of three photographs - Girl on the Brooklyn
Promenade, Family Car Wash and Time for Ice Cream are
great examples of the kind of street photography that tell
stories. They are un-staged, captured in a moment from which we,
as viewers, can invent a past history or project a future.
Each carries an emotional signature.
Is the girl sitting on the
Brooklyn promenade just out for a walk? Is she anticipating
a get-together with someone? Did a companion leave her
sitting there reflecting on their last conversation?
She is in focus both photographically and in our own attention...
and then we can see the open space, the Bridge, and the iron
fence fading into the distance. Both the main character and
the setting are beautifully presented.
The Family Car Wash brings a smile, just as it does for the girl
being lifted to spray the roof of the family car. It's a
moment in the stream of water and the delight of both father and
daughter. The young son may be patiently waiting his turn.
Time for Ice Cream --Just sitting, enjoying the moment...or, looking
at the woman's face more closely.... Is that a frown? What
is she seeing? Or feeling? There's a watch on her
left arm. Is that her late husband's old watch? The three
photographs are daily life unfolding for very different people -
and they give us a chance to share them, if only for a
moment. Thanks, Devin.
Handles Two by John Retallack -- John presents three images of handles from old
cars in TriTone Prints (Black Ink with two Pantone inks) making
for a controlled color space. These handles lovingly
photographed, as relics of days gone by. The handles are arranged
carefully but not symmetrically, and display varying amounts of
corrosion. These contrast with the handles that are used today in
autos, especially since there are fewer and fewer handles used.
It is doubtful that in forty years or so there will be remnants
of parts from today's cars available in this condition. The
camera is directed not straight down but at an angle with minimal
shadows on the off white background. One wishes that the
real handles were available, to be able to feel the patina and
rough surfaces that time has added to them. But the photograph
lets one imagine handling these objects which is almost as
satisfying. Too many remnants of the past are hidden away in old
barns, garages or even thrown out. John has insured that at least
these objects will be seen and enjoyed by a large audience.
Flamingo Reflection by Daniel Silver -- Daniel has exhibited a beautiful series
of wildlife photographs. Flamingo Reflection is a small
gem. Seven flamingos line up in a straight line, each one posing
slightly differently. They are evenly spaced and beautifully
contrasted against the dark background. What makes this
photograph so good is that each one is clearly reflected in the
water...almost as if they were standing on a mirror. So this
photograph combines both excellent wild life photography with a
very strong graphic composition. The pink of the flamingos is
really the only major color in this photograph. There are no distracting
background colors which would detract from this composition. The
photograph has a calming effect upon the viewer, making it
something that one could enjoy looking at after a stressful day.
Image City Critique Group
The Image City Critique Group meets on the first
Wednesday of each month beginning at 6:30 pm at the Gallery. We
often have assignments to complete before each meeting. If you are
interested in joining us send an email to Don Menges (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and he will put you on the email list.
Upcoming Call for Submissions
Photographers, be on the lookout for our upcoming email "Call
for Submissions -- The Image Maker Series 2020" for our upcoming
annual summer juried show. We have revamped it a bit and are excited
that it will give participants more of an opportunity to exhibit
their photographs at Image City Photography Gallery. Significant
prizes will be awarded to the photographs judged the best of the
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue
Last Day of Mostly
in New York by Devin Mack
Through the Student
Lens 2020, by area High Schools
March 27, 5
- 8:30 pm, Reception for Through the Student Lens 2020
April 1, 6:30 pm, Image
City Critique Meeting
April 3, 5 - 9 pm, First
Friday Gallery Night
Our 15th Year!
City Photography Gallery Hours
Saturday Noon - 6pm
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