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In my photographic life, there is not much point in shooting, unless you have a way to present your work to others. Nowadays, photographers have many options including Instagram,  personal photo sites such as those hosted by Smugmug or Flikr, photography blogs (like this), or even Facebook and Twitter.

Those options certainly allow you to share your images. But a photo is more than just luminance, color and pixels. A photograph is an object you can hold in your hand, or view in a frame. In other words: a print.

Many photographers in this digital age forget that in years past the creation of a print was the final, essential step in producing art. It still is.

Presenting this form of artwork is considerably more involved than for instance, adding some images to your  Flikr site, and then posting about  it on Facebook. In the end though, you are producing tangible objects where you have chosen the presentation format, and the choice of media on which the image is printed. This in my mind, completes the task started when you pushed the shutter button. 

Though over the past few years, I have contented myself with presenting my work digitally. I have however, recently experienced a pent-up urge to display prints to friends and colleagues. So with some trepidation I have decided it time to show some recent work. In other words: it’s time for a gallery exhibit.

Gallery shows are expensive to put on, a lot of work, and not often financially rewarding. Nonetheless, they are an important way that an artist can communicate his vision to the community. Once organized though, they are also fun, as they tend to be a nice night out with food, libation, and friends. Sometimes you might even sell some work.

 For this display,  I have chosen to show work from the Adirondacks, where faithful readers know  my family and I have had a presence for many years. I hope that my affection for, and delight with this  glorious region of the east is manifest in the images I have selected .

I am also going to break a taboo in some photography circles by displaying both monochrome and color images (I’m such a scamp!).

The prints will hang  at the Marquis Gallery at 122 South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Thankfully I will share this rather large space with local pastel artist Joe Kluck and sculptor Ty Welles. The opening will be on April 21 at 5 pm (for the Third Friday Art Walk).  I am hoping for a lovely Spring evening at that very pleasant time of year.

If you’re in the area, come on by. We’d love to see you.



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