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Gallery Picks of the Show

Holiday Show 2017

Gallery Partners have chosen their "Picks of the Show".

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Partners' Picks of the Exhibit
Perched in Snow by Clyde Comstock

Perched in the Snow
by Clyde Comstock

Clyde’s philosophy of photography is to isolate specific slices of the natural world to better examine a subject in a transitory landscape. He exhibits and excellent collection of examples. Anyone who has tried to create a photo with a bird perching in the snow, knows the short amount of time that birds such as a cardinal stay in one place. Clyde places this beautiful cardinal in one of the power points of a composition - one-third from the bottom, one third from the side. The fresh snow appears cold and uninviting, yet as the cardinal is facing inward, so do we spend some time and follow the lines and patterns of the twigs and branches of the bush upon which the cardinal settled on. We are reminded of the coming winter and that upon going outside soon after the ending of a snowfall such as the one in the photo, the air is clean, the snow is fresh and white and muffles any other sounds that may be around. Congratulations to Clyde for presenting such a contemplative scene in such a transient natural setting.


Wolf Creek by Chip Evra

Wolf Creek
by Chip Evra

Chip is a frequent exhibitor at the Gallery, and has specialized in breath taking underwater shots. In this photography Chip looks down at the water instead of being in it!

He states that his goal as a photographer is to create “visual impact” to receive an aesthetic response. Wolf Creek certainly has such a visual impact…as it provides a beautifully composed image of a beautiful place. Long exposure is used to capture the waterfalls, but they are only components of the photo, rather than being the major subject as is so often done by other photographers.

Use of a panorama format allows the viewer to see a vast expanse of this “mini-landscape”... being able to enjoy the creek and its surrounding trees. The color palette reflects a calm and beautiful environment; you can almost hear the stream ripping in the warm air.

One’s eyes are free to roam throughout this photograph, taking in its beauty and providing a sense of serenity which is always welcome in today’s fast pace life we live. Eyes are drawn from the front of the photo along the stream, enjoying the waterfalls and small bridge then the trees and finally the sky, then back again. Providing such a pathway of what to focus on when looking at a photograph is the mark of a strong composition.


Happy New Year by Laura Knecht

Happy New Year
by Laura Knecht

Laura’s goal is the transform the ordinary into something that warrants a second or third look. This photograph does just that. Metal shavings do not immediately spring to mind as a great subject for a photograph. Their color is monochromatic, almost gray. But by including the strong orange-red colored rusted shelf support she has created a wonderful image.

The shavings both frame the orange-red shelf as well as intrude into its space, making for an almost abstract orange-red feature.

The viewer is presented with the pleasure of first enjoying the photograph for its strong visual graphic composition then looking deeper and seeing the components of the subject matter.

Laura’s title Happy New Year adds an additional dimension…it is whimsical and has the viewer thinking of confetti and hearing “Auld Lang Syne” playing in the background. Popping streamers, glasses of champagne, etc.

Some of the shavings that are in front of the shelf support provide an almost “gesture” to the photo, keeping it from being too static. The viewer delights as they enjoy this very interesting and creative photograph.

canna indica by Susan C. Larkin

Canna indica (Indian Shot)
by Susan C. Larkin

Canna indica has grown in the southeastern United State and part of South and Central America for thousands of years. Its seeds may be used in jewelry or in musical instruments and it roots are used to produce arrowroot, a starch. It is possible that seeds of Indian shot were used in flintlocks when lead pellets were scarce or unavailable—hence the common name - Indian shot. Susan specializes in capturing photos of plants in the bud or after the growing cycle is over. The translucency and the texture of the seedpods in this photo are spectacular; an indication of the amount of seeds that used to reside within.  Though growth is long past, the stem and the trio of pods still seem to stretch upward in a graceful embrace of the sun. The blurred background provides depth and dimension to the pods. Canna indica is just one example of the artistic techniques employed by Susan to help us see the beauty of nature.

The Old One by Dick Thomas

The Old One
by Dick Thomas

There are many things that we often just walk by…one example are trees. There are so many of them it is too easy to just “label” a tree as a tree and continue on our journey. Dick has taken photography about a tree…not just a photograph of a tree.

The main tree, The Old One, is in the center of the frame and he has captured the stately majesty it presents. One wonders how long this beautiful tree has been in this field.

What makes this composition especially strong is the counter-point of the two trees flanking the Old One. They provide a reference to the viewer to visualize how large the main tree is. They also allow the viewer to add his or her interpretation to additional meanings for this photo. Many of us like to anthropomorphize non-human subject like animals, and this allows for a wide variety of interpretations.

The symmetry is strong in this photo, but not perfect on purpose. The small bush on the left side of the photo breaks the symmetry in an interesting way. The back ground is present but shrouded in fog…making for a total primordial look, which strongly complements the subject matter and the title of this photo.

Dick’s use of color is restrained, with the beautiful colors of the tree counterpoised with the green of the foreground. The relatively gray background presents a wonderful back drop for the three trees.

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