“Our Natural World” Photography Exhibition and Competition opened its one month run at the aRt Cottage on October 3rd. Sponsored by the Diablo Valley Camera Club “Our Natural World” is a celebration of the world and animals that surround us. The show consists of 56 photographic prints representing 18 different artists with an astonishing array of subject matter. The show is also a competition with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes worth a total of $100. Two Honorable Mention ribbons were also awarded.
The show is being hosted by the aRt Cottage, a new art gallery in Concord. (http://www.artcottage.info/) Mark Pemberton is the show director, publicity was handled by Betty Prange and planning for the opening reception is being handled by Lori Espinosa. The hanging team consisting of Mike and Lori Espinosa, Grant Kreinberg, Betty Prange, Chris Nelson along with Mark and Cathy Pemberton spent about 3 hours working to assure that the images were displayed to their best potential. The end result was stunning.
Judging was conducted by well known local professional photographer Dick Hixson.
Dick received an AA deg from DVC and then enrolled in the two year trade school photography course at LaneyJunior College. He started his own commercial photography business and owned a studio in San Francisco for 16 years where he supplied photography to many advertising agencies in San Francisco and the peninsula. His clients included Apple, HP, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, Acer , and FedEx. He moved his studio to the Walnut Creek area and continued shooting for another 24 years.
1st Place – Betty Prange’s “Yellowstone Morning”
2nd Place – “Alone on the Mountain” by Jim Ludwig
3rd Place – “Winter at Cascade Creek” by Cathy Pemberton
HM – Lori Espinosa’a “Pre-flight”
HM – Lance Guelfo’s “A Delta Plant”
“The images in this show are really, really good images. It is very difficult for me to choose. Some of them I have seen before, which kind of has me eliminating them from the judging. I’m looking for something that is a little bit different, that I don’t normally see. There is a whole lot of creativity going on and points of view that are unique. And that is kind of what I’m looking for. In my opinion (good photography is) translating a visceral feeling into a 2 dimensional image that represents that (feeling). “
Review of the Winning Images
Yellowstone Morning by Betty Prange – 1st Place – “It’s my favorite. It’s the kind of place I want to wake up to in the morning. It is my contact with the environment, with nature, with the world. I think it is an absolutely gorgeous image. It just reeks of color and sensuality. I really, really like it.”
Alone on the Mountain by Jim Ludwig – 2nd Place – “It’s an extremely powerful image. The wood, the character of the wood just jumps out from the stark environment that it’s sitting in. Everything is horizontal and it’s vertical. It almost screams at you, especially with the light coming from behind it.”
Winter at Cascade Creek by Cathy Pemberton – 3rd Place – “The same thing. We go by it. We don’t pay any attention to it but it has a powerful design element in a monotoned environment. It’s clean, it’s simple. There is no degradation of the environment as well as the image so it just kind of pops.”
Pre-Flight by Lori Espinosa – Honorable Mention
“This is not the typical image of an animal. He shows power from his wings and blends in with the tones in the background. He’s kind of like the same context,
the same environment as the rocks he’s standing on. I like that.”
An opening Reception is planned for Saturday, October 6th from 2 to 5 pm at the aRt Cottage. Come and meet the artists and learn how they created their master works and about their worldly travels. There will be entertainment food and beverage so please come and enjoy this special occasion.
Take Better Photographs
Baffled by the world of digital photography? Have a new camera and not quite sure how to use it? Want to take better photos of your kids, dog, vacation? Have a question about how to use Photoshop? Stop by the aRt Cottage from 2 to 4 pm on Saturday October 20th and meet members of the Diablo Valley Camera Club. DVCCs seasoned photographers will be present to help you out. In addition, you can browse the gallery and enjoy the fabulous photographs on display.