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Dresden #1 by Elena Dilai

Dresden #1 by Elena Dilai, 16x20-in, $160

Dresden is the capital city of the German state of Saxony, formerly in East Germany. Having been bombed heavily during WWII, it has been completely restored to a gem along the Elbe River.  Elena has provided us with a moody depiction of the Berlitz Language School, its history, which is hidden beneath these beautiful newer buildings, is remembered by Elena who took advantage of cloudy skies and wonderful light to expose it once again.  Elena had the vision to see the strength in this kind of photograph and the skill to capture it and make it memorable to her and now to us.  This is not an image you see in travel brochures or on the web.  This is a photograph with mood and intent.  Thank you for sharing that with us Elena.

By Don Menges

Noceur by Andrea A. Gluckman 


Noceur by Andrea A. Gluckman, 15x21-in, $200

The first thing one notices is the title of this photograph, and makes you wonder about what “noceur” means…..it is French for someone who stays up late, a “party animal”. It took checking the internet to get this description, which really affects how this photograph is viewed. A first look without checking the meaning could lead the viewer to think that this photograph explores the primeval fear of the horrors of the night. This is not the case, at least not in a “Hollywood horror movie direction”

On first look this dramatic black and white photograph introduces us to a young man who looks like he is screaming, perhaps at the moon. Andrea doesn’t use a full moon, which would introduce thoughts of werewolves and all the frightening things that are associated with it.  Is the person happy? Screaming outrage at life? Exhausted after partying into the early morning? Frustrating in not meeting the woman of his dreams at the club?  Why is he in this pose, almost bent backward with his head upside down to the viewer?  Why is there a juxtaposition of the man and the moon, and what is its significance?

This photograph is so powerful in that it gives the viewer the opportunity to interpret the image, to see meaning in it. You cannot just walk by it and give it a few seconds of your time. It must be looked at for a while as you puzzle the answers to the questions posed as well as others. 

This composition is gripping, using a black and white pallet with strong contrast with an all-black background. The moon is a counterpoint to the young man, who himself is posed in a totally unexpected manner. This is a photograph that is just not decorative, but evocative of many different interpretations….a mark of an excellent photograph.  There may not be a simple "answer", but it is fun thinking about this.

By Steve Levinson

Mystery Woman by Joe Jech


Mystery Woman by Joe Jech, 18x24-in, $180

The eyes invite and the arching, decorated fan hides. But even in her hiding, the mystery woman reveals herself enough to plant seeds of curiosity, offering an invitation on her terms. She stands relaxed, at ease and intentional. The eye catches the word “Blessed” on the fan adding to the mystery.

The well-crafted technical aspects of the photograph only enhance the story. The light, the gentle shadows and the range of tonalities maintain the subtlety of the moment. Enjoy the many wonderful details in this photograph, even as you notice that the mystery woman is looking at you.  

By John Solberg 

 Nature Bats Last by David Kotok


Nature Bats Last by David Kotok, 18x22-in, $160

What a prophetic provocative statement and a very artful, though gloomy photo David is showing us. One thinks of the ancient Chinese Dao symbol, Yin/Yang. Everything in the universe possess contrary forces; light and dark, positive and negative. Nature can be life supporting, bountiful and beautiful. At other times its storms or its extremes may be dangerous or even catastrophic. And oxygen, that life giving element eventually is a corrosive action on us as well the objects in David’s powerful photo. Even the misshaped tree adds to the feeling of pessimism. At some point the main trunk no longer grew or was broken off and two branches grew out in circular and opposite directions and in a circular motion, somewhat resembling a heart. Even nature, it seems, messes around with nature.

Most certainly a sports fan, David employs a baseball metaphor that the home team gets to determine its own fate if behind in the ninth inning. Humanity may still be in the late stages at the top of the ninth but depending on our ability to change our habits and environmental choices, nature has the final say. Nature is the home team and gets to decide humanities future, as we are only guests. Your photo and title are very powerful and evocative, David. 

By Dick Bennett 

Red Umbrella Tubingen by Jerome Kaye 


Red Umbrella Tubingen by Jerome Kaye, 16,20-in, $150

Upon first impression, Jerome Kaye’s Gallery Pick entitled Red Umbrella Tubingen, seems like a fairy tale with its idyllic and colorful landscape.  W.H. Auden says, “The way to read a fairy tale is to throw yourself in,” which is what one might feel like doing when staring at this whimsical photo.  The golden home with the turret roof makes one recall the German fairy tale in which Rapunzel was held captive in the high tower.  Maybe if she were in this tower, while looking down, she might cleverly craft an escape plan by figuring out how to jump into one of the canoes waiting for her to sail away across the Neckar River. Perhaps the princess will attempt to land in the canoe with the red umbrella so that she will be protected from the storm that seems to be rapidly approaching.  The dramatic sky over the colorful buildings adds a truly powerful element to the scene, which conjures up images of the powerful sorceress who is holding Rapunzel captive.

By reducing the clarity, increasing the tonal contrast and brightening the yellow building and the red umbrella, Jerome’s photo effectively enables the viewer to maintain this sense of fantasy while being engrossed in the beauty that surrounds the scene. We are grateful to Jerome for capturing such a captivating and fantastical image for all viewers, young and old, to enjoy as they recall those special moments when reading the Brother Grimm’s Fairy tales during their youth and waiting for that familiar chant from the wandering prince, “Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair.”

By Marie Costanza
Twilight #12 by Marcia Zach 


Twilight #12 by Marcia Zach, 22x22-in, $550

Intimate details of flowers and vegetables have been lovingly and creatively captured by Michael Tomb and Marcia Zach throughout their exhibit. Using consummate artistic skills and a great deal of patience, they have provided us with a collection of images that show that the garden is harmonious with the plant and animal kingdom. The interaction between the plants that they grow, and the photos that they take makes one think of the relationship between Monet and his garden paintings.  Monet said, “My garden is slow work, pursued with love, and I do not deny that I am proud of it.”  For Monet as well as Marcia and Michael, the garden is their muse---a source of inspiration for creating art. Throughout history the garden has been a source of survival and pleasure, and this feeling of interdependence is illustrated in Twilight #12 as well as all of their photos. 

In Twilight #12, with the life of the plants nearing their end, the art is able to come alive. The subdued chroma of the petals complement each other as they allow the viewer to appreciate the diversity of the color found among the petals. The longer one stares at the image, the strategic placement of the various plants leads the viewer to endless possibilities. Perhaps when starting at the top of the image, one might imagine a surreal sun setting against the background of a late summer sky, and as the eye travels down toward the bottom, the night slips into twilight as the sky provides an ambient deep blue illumination.

Enjoy looking at this resplendent photo and let the imagination run wild as you view Twilight #12 and all of the photos in this collection.

By Marie Costanza

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