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Peter Marr's and Partner
Picks of the Show

Rule Breaker, Fun Maker
Dan Neuberger 1929-2017

 Peter Marr and Gallery Partner's have chosen their "Picks of the Show"

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Peter Marr's Picks of the Exhibit

Boomtown by Julie Oldfield

by Julie Oldfield

What I really admire in Julie’s inspirational images is that they all artistically capture powerful and poignant situations. This gives each viewer the opportunity to awake their inner thoughts and feelings to relate what they see and experience in these creative prints. In Boomtown,  the photographer has impressively captured what to some is a depressive scene. Certainly, the strong directional sunlight superbly illuminates the locale revealing every detail to perfection, including that in all of the shadow areas. Looking beyond the beauty of line and color, it is very evident that Julie has eloquently revealed the tragic downfall of a photographic giant, namely, Eastman Kodak. This demise is significantly illustrated by the “K” in the Kodak sign breaking away from the brick wall, and the deterioration of the Kodak logo emblem. Coupled with the obvious age-related decay of the building’s facade, compellingly illustrated by the torn and dilapidated mesh covering on the main front door, the whole scene paints a bleak picture of despair and loss. All is not lost, however, and inspiration is offered by the condition of the striking blue newspaper holder, and the condition of the brick work which looks as good as new. Looking further, what is of paramount importance in our quest for hope that Kodak will survive, rests with the majestic sun’s rays. The latter’s strong diagonal direction bathes the Kodak sign and logo in warm light, creating dramatic shadow patterns. Crucially, these arrays do not disappear and end at the concrete wall below, which they would have done if the photographic company had folded completely. Instead, the shadows, particularly originating from the Kodak sign, end in a series of patterns, and I believe that the clear gaps in the shadows are real pathways for successful growth and opportunity. For myself, I am confident that there is still life and hope for this once-great company, an upward battle to be sure, but one that will definitely take them out of bankruptcy and into a brighter future.                                                 Peter A. Marr

Catch of the Day by Don Tilton


Catch of the Day
by Don Tilton

Don’s excellent exhibition is a great tribute to his photographic artistry and to his patience and ornithological expertise in capturing memorable images of many different birds. I was torn between reviewing the prints of the Great Egret and the Common Loon capturing their prey, but I settled on the latter mainly because it is a less common subject matter, and the natural surroundings in the print were especial. The photographer’s graceful and elegant image of a mature, breeding Common Loon captures the sheer  beauty and majesty of nature, whilst also illustrating the more obvious side of catching a fish for survival purposes. The almost monochromatic background provides an impressive setting for this loon portrait a it glides effortlessly across the lake’s calm surface. The lovely soft lighting casts a magical glow over the water, and reveals every detail of this magnificent bird, from its black, dagger-like beak to the resplendent black and white horizontal patterns on its body, designs which are repeated as vertical arrays on the base of the neck.  The lovely soft foreground reveals horizontal layers of light blues and browns, culminating in entrancing reflections of the loon’s head and prey, as well as diffuse patterns of the bird’s body that disappear into the water’s wake. One’s visual center of focus is the loon’s red eye, which electrifyingly stands out against the dark gray head. From the eye  one follows the graceful curve of the head, culminating in the long black beak which is tightly holding a small fish. Loons do not spear their prey, although there is a red incision in the fish’s neck, which almost matches in color the red eye of the loon. This fishing experience for the loon has been successful, but the more that I admire this outstanding image, the more that I am reminded that nature is at once so sublimely wondrous and beautiful, and yet it can equally be so harsh. As I look longer at this delightful creative print, it is very easy for me to sense that in the background, I can hear the distinctive cry of another Common Loon, possible its mate, patiently awaiting for an evening meal for itself or for its newly born chicks.                                                    Peter A. Marr

Partners' Pick of the Exhibit
Serene Reflections by Emily Berkson

Serene Reflections
by Emily Berkson

Emily has documented the unbelievable landscapes of Chile...which she terms her dream destination.

This photograph, Serene Reflections shows just a small detail of her experiences on this trip....focusing on a small microcosm of the stunning visual beauty of this area. It is not always necessary to always use a wide-angle lens to capture the impact that such a place has on the photographer... a mixture of vistas and smaller close up details--mini-landscapes-- often makes for a more effective and impactful presentation.

She has captured a single bird in a photographic composition which creatively puts it in the upper right hand corner of the photo. The soft reflections of this bird provide a counterpoint to the sharp rendition of her subject.  This is an unusual and very effective way to present an image....too often things are dead center and the eye does not get a chance to explore the entire "canvas" of the photograph. 

Emily has you focus first on the bird and then lets your eye travel to the beautiful reflections of the sky and water with their soft pink colors.  This provides to the viewer a visual treat. The photo is beautifully presented, making this an image that should be admired for a long time by the lucky person who buys it and hangs in their home.

Shifting Sand by Jared Jones


Shifting Sand
Jared Jones

Sand dunes have always been an amazing subject to photograph and Jared has done a great job in capturing this subject in the Great Sand Dunes National Park. The foreground of this photograph has an almost leathery texture, looking like a complex sculpture--- but then as the viewer's eyes move around the photograph it is lead to understand that this is a landscape with a traditional sky.

The strong shadows are an integral part of the composition, adding to the abstract qualities of this photograph. The time that such a photograph is made is critical, as the strong shadows really depend upon the position of the sun when made. The iconic colors of the southwest coupling with the dramatic shapes really make this image. It is amazing that a powdery substance like sand, which can move by the whims of the desert winds can provide such a solid-appearing structure at any moment in time.


Three in the Garage by Steve Tryon

Three in the Garage 
by Steve Tryon

Steve Tryon is a frequent contributor here at Image City. Using a variety of cameras and techniques, his photography is always unique. For this show he selected twenty photographs; an eclectic mix of his favorite work from the past ten years. Of the twenty, only three are portraits and only one of those is seemingly posed. At first glance Three in the Garage is a simple black and white, with a soft focus, a good amount of negative space and a bright-unknown spot to the right of the photo that draws the eye away from the three girls. Yet, one cannot stop looking at the trio. The photographer does not seem to have posed them. In spite of that, they form a nice triangle. Their expressions are mesmerizing; one seems defiant, another questioning and the third looks at the ground away from the camera. Steve has taken the time to either kneel or sit on the ground, so that his camera is eye level or even a bit lower than the subjects’ eyes. This camera angle along with the mature poses that the girls have taken introduces the notion that they are self-aware, independent, confident, and strong willed. This photo is from nine years ago and one wonders what they are doing now. Most likely they are in their last year of high school, entering college or beginning a skilled profession. What tools or other accruements have replaced the cars? Are they still in touch with each other? If “Every picture tells a story,” Steve has selected a wonderful subject and image that certainly encourages the viewer to spend a few moments of reflection and thought. After all, isn’t that what all photographers wish for – a few moments from the viewer to be spent with our work?

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