|Image City Photography Gallery Newsletter |
We publish our brief Newsletter during each of our exhibits to pass along information and reviews of the exhibit, photographic tips, selected images and news of other 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 our 13 shows in 2011.
The World through Different Eyes
Current Show Runs Through Sunday, June 12
Our current exhibit is by Artists-in-Residence Jim Patton and David Perlman. The title The World through Different Eyes highlights difference in their photographic styles, however, you will find that they each have mastered their art that combines to be another fascinating exhibit at Image City. In choosing one of Jim Patton's for his "Picks" Peter Marr commented that "A noted icon of photography, Bill Brandt once stated, 'Most photographers would feel a certain embarrassment in admitting publicly that they carried within them a sense of wonder, yet without it they would not produce the work they do, whatever their particular field.' This sense of wonder is very apparent in all of Jim's images in this exhibition, in which he has eloquently and lovingly captured the very essence, beauty and spirit, of the Vietnamese people. All of his prints are captivating and inspiring, and I particularly admire Rural Mother, Embroidering (at right) for it also illustrates a particular value often missing in western cultures, namely, that everyone seems to utilize every precious moment of each day to the fullest. Another Peter's Pick is David Perlman's Friendship (at left). "I venture that it would be almost unfeasible for anyone not to fall in love with this idyllic print. The warmth, love and feeling that the young lady has for her companion is amazingly apparent, and we know that she is forever thinking of the many years ahead that they will experience together. Nothing is going to separate them, and life today and into the far distant future, could not be more wonderful. Hopefully, all of us can share in this love and affection so that it can reflect and serve as a model for our own lives. Truly a superb and enchanting image. Thank you, David." Jim and David have been long-time supporters of Image City -- we very much appreciate that support and their art!
Guest photographers during this show include Steve Tryon in the East Gallery, Art Dunn and Stevie Welch. Camera Rochester members with their winning photographs from their competitions Ben Barlow, Archie Curry, Mark Miller, Susan Roth, John Sekol, and Bill Shannon.
We round out the show with work by gallery partners Dick Bennett, Steve Levinson, Gil Maker, Dan Neuberger, Don Menges, Betsy Phillips, Gary Thompson, Phyllis Thompson, and Sheridan Vincent.
First Friday Gallery Night is June 3 when the Gallery will be participating in Rochester's monthly night of arts and culture. The Gallery is open on First Friday until 9pm.
For full details of the show click here; be sure to check out the link to the "Preview of the Show Gallery" to see a selection of the fine works in the show.
|Peter's Picks for the Current Show|
Peter Marr selects his favorites
We have mentioned "Peter's Picks" in the frirst article, during each of our shows, Peter Marr makes his picks of the show from the work of the featured wall artist and the guest photographers. He writes an interesting and entertaining commentary on the chosen photographs. We include a shortened version of Peter's comments here in the newsletter. To see larger images and the full article click here.
Another of Jim Patton's photographs selected by Peter is
Bac Ha Market. Peter noted that "Jim certainly took a road not traveled routinely by visitors from the west, to arrive at this Vietnamese market where he has creatively captured this amazingly colorful detail. This resplendent print, besides being a terrific, eye-catching photograph, would make a powerful advertising image for any manufacturer of cloth or thread, especially in the far-east. The lovely lighting and high camera viewpoint emphasize the awesome, unrivaled colors and designs of the costumes and related apparel. The highly colorful designs are just awesome in their visual diversity and extended range of hues. Every color that one has ever seen is here, except for white, which is only barely visible if one looks hard enough for it."
A second of David Perlman's selected as a Peter's Pick is The Echo of Steam. In commenting on this photograph, Peter observed that "One can truly feel, hear and even smell the true grandeur of the industrial age. Our towering, historic aura is at the same time, however, touched with a degree of sadness, for unlike the stately columns reflecting a picture of permanence, we know that the proud, resplendent steam engine will one day be silenced, to become a lasting memorial in a transport museum. I am certainly in awe of David, who has amalgamated so remarkably two distinct images into one superb assembly. Not only is his print visually stunning, it strikingly transports us both in time and sound from the distant past into the unknown future. A truly wonderful image."
Peter's next selection is Spring Light by Susan Roth. Peter commented "The combination of a black-and-white photograph of a majestic grove of trees, with an image of foliage and undergrowth that has luminances on the lightest placements of the gray scale, has resulted in a spectacular masterly print, artistically created by Susan. My greatest compliment to her is that she has given us an image that even nature herself (on a black and white scale of course), could not equal for its sheer beauty and transparency. Here we see stately trees reaching proudly into the imagined canopy, monoliths, which range from a true black all the way to the faintest gray, giving this forest scene a wonderful depth and three dimensional quality. ....."
|Call for Submissions - Portfolio Showcase 2011|
Photographers: Submit your Portfolio for our Summer Juried Show
We have been pleased to announce that Image City Photography Gallery in partnership with, Lumiere Photo, Denison Creative, PixelPreserve and are calling for submissions for
Portfolio Showcase 2011
This is our third year for the Portfolio Showcase. We think that you will continue to find this initiative fun, challenging and attractive:
Fun, because we ask you to submit a full portfolio of 8 (no more, no fewer) images that represent a specific theme (preferred) or the variety of your best work.
Challenging, because only the best 8 full portfolios will be shown at the Gallery during the summer.
Attractive, because, in addition to the exhibit of their work at the Gallery, and with thanks to our Sponsors, each of the 8 winners will receive a $200 award certificate applicable towards purchase of any of the many products and services offered by Lumiere Photo and PixelPreserve. Also, each winner will receive 2 complimentary hardbound copies of the limited-edition, high-quality show catalogue, specially designed and produced by Denison Creative and PixelPreserve and depicting all photographs from the winning portfolios.
Click Here for full details and the entry form for your submission. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
All the Gallery Partners and the Lumiere Photo, Denison Creative, and PixelPreserve teams look forward to receiving your submission by June 18, 2011 at the latest, even better if we receive it before June 2nd for a bit of a saving on the entry fee - see details at the link above.
|Course Offering through Image City|
Photo Tour Day with Dick Bennett and Gary Thompson
Image City Partners periodically offer photography courses. One upcoming is a Photo Tour Day with Gary Thompson and Dick Bennett, who will lead a Day of Photography at Sodus Point and Chimney Bluffs State Park. The event is Sunday, June 12 and includes a pre-meeting for orientation on Thursday, June 9 7 - 9 pm. There will be a review session where participants will review photographs from the Tour Day on Wednesday, June 15. Beginner to advanced photographers are welcome.
Enrollment will be to a limited number of participants so you will want to reserve your spot soon. The details are spelled out at this link to the Image City website. We can mail or email you the registration forms if you would like to sign up or better yet, stop by the gallery to see the current show and sign up during your visit.
Image City Critiques
At Image City on Wednesday, June 1 at 7pm
Each month, we have had a good turnout for Image City Critiques, our free program at the Gallery to provide participants an opportunity to engage in a friendly, constructive, and positive critique and review of their photographs. The sessions are held on the first Wednesday of the month. Join us for the next on Wednesday, June 1st from 7:00-9:00 pm. Please bring 2 or 3 jpg images or prints. Images may be on a CD or on a thumb drive and should be sized at most 1MB in size and at most 1500 pixels on the longest side. If you have any questions please contact Don Menges (email@example.com) or Gil Maker (firstname.lastname@example.org). We look forward to meeting with you on Wednesday, June 1 at 7pm.
The Best Camera
"The best camera", the saying goes, "is the one you have with you." And for most of us this means our cell phone. More pictures are taken with cell phones than any other camera combined. Since more people use their cell phones, the death of point and shoot cameras is very near.
It is not hard to understand why. Besides being on you all the time, cell phones keep getting better and better. Some phones now have 8 megapixels, more than enough to print a good 8x10 image. And all phones now have apps. In the Apples App store there are over 4000 photography apps priced at $2 or less, 2400 are free. Some of these apps replace the Apple's own camera app. Others extend the creative options available to users: editing tools, stitching, HDR, etc. And this does not count apps made for phones powered by Android and Microsoft.
There is a bigger reason why cell phones are going to bring about the demise of point and shoot. The connectivity that cell phones provide is the real destroyer. Connectivity allows us to live-blog photos, publish to Facebook, Twitter, yourBlog.com in real time. Camera phones tighten the connection between shooter and viewer because they collapse the process to near instantaneous. Their you are in Paris visiting the Eiffel Tower, taking a picture with your family and your friends view it 30 seconds later. No point and shoot can do that.
I hear you saying fine, all that is good, but what about the "fine art" photographer. The cell phone will never replace the big bulky DSLR. I beg to differ. There are many websites being created by very fine cell phone photographers. One that I recommend is "The Best Camera Site" (http://thebestcamera.com). Check out the site. There is some great photography being produced.
And I know that we must have some very talented cell phone photographers in Rochester. Image City Photography Gallery wants to see them. So take this as a hint. Watch for an announcement about our first Juried Cell Phone Show coming soon.
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue
June 1 - Image City Critiques, 7 - 9 pm
June 3 - First Friday Gallery Night, 6 - 9 pm
June 12 - Final day for The World through Different Eyes
June 15 - Opening Day for Exhibit featuring D. G. Adams
June 17 - Opening Reception for Exhibit by D. G. Adams
Image City Photography Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11 - 7, Sunday Noon - 4
There is no admission fee to visit Image City Photography Gallery
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607
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