of the current exhibit and events at Image City
City Photography Gallery
Newsletter #140 January 31, 2019
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 2019.
Our current exhibit at Image City is Trees, featuring
photographs by John Solberg, Luann Pero, Don Menges, and Gil
Maker. How would you photograph a tree? The four Gallery
Partners decided last July to take up that challenge and the
past six months were spent interpreting trees photographically.
As you will see, Gil, Don, Luann and John have different renditions
of the same subject.
Guest photographers for the exhibit include Edgar
Ballestas, joining us in the first of three exhibits he will produce
as our current Visiting Artist. His series of night photographs of
New York City are stunning. Artists-in-Residence, Jim Patton and
David Perlman, are featured in the Neuberger Gallery. Guest
photographers are Scott Hooker, David Somers, Sandi Alexander Tuttle,
and Steve Tryon. Award-winning photographs from
Rochester competitions are by
Marie Costanza, Joann K. Long, Larry Mandelker and Ron Mitchell.
Rounding out the show are Artists-in-Residence, Phyllis Thompson and
Gary Thompson, and Gallery Partners, Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley,
Steve Levinson, Betsy Phillips, and Sheridan Vincent.
Click 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, February 17. Hours are noon-6pm, Tuesday through
Saturday and noon-4pm on Sunday. With 21 photographers exhibiting
their art, you will certainly find an interesting variety of both
subject and style. We encourage you to visit, enjoy the art, and
support the artists by making a purchase of their fine photography.
There is no admission fee at Image City and the Gallery is accessible
Partners' Picks of the Exhibit
After reviewing the photographs by our Featured and Guest
Photographers in the current exhibit, Gallery Partners selected
their "picks" from the show and include a descriptive
commentary on why we made the selection.
The Starlight of
DUMBO by Edgar Ballestas -- My first reaction to Edgar's photograph was
that it reminded me of an Andre Kertesz photo taken in 1928 in
Meudon, a suburb of Paris,France. Of course, the Kertbbesz photo
was black and white and it was taken during the daytime, but the
tall bridge at the end of the street between two buildings is
remarkably the same. There are several compositional
elements that work really well in this photograph. Edgar placed
his camera very close to the ground - a wonderful perspective and
so unexpected. The two sets of stop signs immediately force us to
the center of the image. The light in the street; the converging
buildings; and the starbursts all lead us to the magnificent and
looming Manhattan bridge hiding in plain sight in the dark
shadows at the back of the photograph. This is a well seen and
well-planned photo, long before the shutter was released. By the
way... Dumbo is a neighborhood in the New York City borough
of Brooklyn. The name is an acronym of "Down Under
the Manhattan Bridge Overpass".
Colors of the
Morning by Scott Hooker
--This is wonderful image of the beauty of the
morning. The composition makes use of the strong colors of
the early morning sky; however, Scott cleverly utilizes the
reflection on the surf to provide visual movement to the
composition.The reflections couple with the beautiful clouds to
pull you into the photograph, taking you to the horizon.
BUT the viewer is also grounded by the remnants of a tree that
anchor you to the beach...creating tension between the foreground
than the background.To further the excellence of this
composition, the use of shells on the beach adds texture and
interest, which would not have been the case if the foreground
was just smooth, featureless sand.
Rose Garden by
John Solberg -- John has done a wonderful
curating job in bringing three partners to join him in displaying
the beauty of trees captured photographically. It is interesting
to see how a common subject can be treated so differently by four
skilled photographers.John makes use of an amazing post
processing technique to take an object, walk around it and take
multiple photographs from each position on the 360 degree walk
and then combine them to get this effect. It speaks to the Cubist
movement, when a face was painted from multiple vantage points
and displaying on a two-dimensional canvas.This photograph is
almost "childlike" in the innocence it presents. The
tree stands strong among the flowers, ringed by a bench that
almost seems like a barrier to keep the tree from escaping, yet a
serene one which adds to the beauty of the compositions. Colors
are muted greens, punctuated by the splashes of color from the
roses. The sky is a recessive element, focusing the viewer on the
subject.Sometimes using special effects doesn't work...the
"wires show" (like a bad magic act) but John's
photograph is organic, the effect is so ingrained in the
photograph that you enjoy the image for how it presents itself to
the viewer. Of course, you wonder about how he managed to get
this image and the techniques he used, but one doesn't marvel as
much at the technique than at the result.
Ocean City Sunrise by David Somers -- David's panorama photographs make excellent
use of this alternate format to the traditional 2/3 ratio and
square compositions. These wooden posts were probably once part
of a pier, but now a skeleton of history, still beautiful even
after decay has set in. The repeating form progresses out
from the foreground to the sunrise---bringing the viewer's eyes
in a well-constructed path by the photographer. Letting your
imagination soar, one could almost imagine similar structures in
Neolithic Stonehenge with the two upright forms capped with
strong horizontal elements. The line of the shore holds the
photograph together, almost mirroring the lines of the piers,
moving from the right side of the panorama, with little detail,
to the ultimate target... the beautiful colors of the sunrise.
This is the kind of photograph that belongs on your wall, a place
to focus your attention and enjoy this image.
Image City Critiques Group Meets February 6
The Image City Critique Group will meet again Wednesday, February
6th, beginning at 6:30 pm. Anyone is welcome to join us. We
meet the first Wednesday of each month. For February we will be
analyzing ways to adjust images for best quality using Photoshop and/or
Lightroom. There will be NO PRINTS for this session only.
An upload link will be provided for anyone who will be
attending. Please email Don Menges for the link if you
do not have it already.
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue
February 1, 5 - 9pm, First Friday Gallery Night
February 6, 6:30, Image City Critiques Group Meeting
Last Day ofTrees by
Gil Maker, Don Menges Luann Pero and John Solberg
First Day of Peter's
Picks 2017 - A Retrospective
February 22, 5
- 8:30pm, Reception for Peter's Picks 2017 - A
City Photography Gallery Hours
Saturday Noon - 6pm
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