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Gallery Picks of the Show



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Our Preview of the Show Gallery is a selection of favorites chosen by the Gallery Partners.

Keep Going by Nick Cerami

Keep Going
by Nick Cerami

The first reaction to Nick Cerami’s dynamic image of the skyline of Manhattan framed through a close-up of a bicycle wheel is one of pleasure and humor. What a creative way to capture the “Hub of the City”.


The sharpness and closeness of the wheel provides a dramatic foreground which produces a powerful feeling of depth for the viewer of this image. The contrasting mixture of the roundness of the wheel, radiating lines of the spokes, and strong vertical lines of Manhattan’s skyscrapers are well balanced and blend together very nicely. The red bike frame leads the viewer strongly into the center of the wheel and finishes by pointing directly at the downtown buildings. Upon closer examination, we are additionally treated to a tiny sunburst on the horizontal black edge of the bicycle frame. Nick Cerami has produced a dramatic image utilizing a common bicycle as a great foreground prop.

Water and Light #1 by Steve Copeland

Water and Light #1
Steve Copeland

Steve presents a wonderful series of photographs exploring the interaction of water with its surroundings. This image is especially striking as it captures the dynamic nature of water and the wooden jetties. The viewer can feel the power of the wave crashing into the scene, a strong contrast to the more peaceful images Steve presents. Gesture is a term that has most often been used in photographs of people, but inanimate subjects can also display gestures. In this photograph the water clearly presents such a gesture, the beautiful form of the rapidly moving wave's structure so beautifully captured by the photographer.

Sedona Juniper by Jim Dusen

Sedona Juniper

Jim Dusen

Jim Dusen’s bucolic night image of a full moon framed aesthetically between two dominant branches of a juniper tree is a real eye catcher. Jim creatively placed the bright moon in the top third of the image and introduced depth of field with the subtly lit juniper and surrounding desert ground cover. His selection of a portrait perspective works perfectly for this image.


Jim may have introduced some foreground side lighting. If so, his delicate way of using this light enhances the desert detail and opens up information that is pleasing to the viewer. Jim, in effect, is using this desert scene as his natural outdoor studio. Through this photograph he communicates a warm, nostalgic feeling to anyone who has spent an evening observing the moon and stars in the American Southwest.

Tranquility Pavilion by Steve Levinson

Tranquility Pavilion
Dominican Republic

Steve Levinson

Steve introduces us to a cornucopia of infrared images with a bit more grain added to enhance to the dream-like appearance of each image. Of course, choosing to photograph in this style does not allow the photographer to be lax in his composition. For these reasons I chose Tranquility Pavilion as one of my favorite images in the exhibition.  This image is excellently composed with the pavilion centered at the top of the image with its reflection directly below it creating a strong central line. The foliage on the left delicately frames the image while the palm trees against the white clouds, as well as its reflection fill the right side of the image. The infrared technique really defines the palm trees and also creates a penetration of atmospheric haze that gives this image an almost mystic feel. This is a well-conceived and executed image.

Pose by Steve Levinson


Steve Levinson

The little girl’s eyes capture the viewer as surely as Steve captured her as she turned to the camera. It’s a scene that lasted only a moment – the girl turning, looking directly into the camera – and Steve was ready.

The figure fills the image, and the outline of the body and the shape of the arm draws us to the face – perfectly captured as a portrait.  The line of the cheek is unbroken and illuminated. The eye’s shadow define the little-girl shape of the nose. The mouth is relaxed. The dark messy hair circles the face and is echoed by the ring of shadow around the arm as it emerges from the shoulder. The subtle shading in the background keeps returning us to the girl’s upright posture. The graininess of the image and its softness create a sense of mystery. The shadowed eyes draw us closer asking us to stare back and wonder about this beautiful little person. There is a wonderful natural, unposed, quality – a child’s innocence – that is revealed in the beautifully rendered black and white print.

You can look at some photographs for hours, and forget them immediately when you look away. Others, you can look at for only a moment and they stay firmly in your memory. This is one of those.

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