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Tom Kretsch’s “Chasing the Light”
Opening reception: Thursday, November 10, 5:30 - 7:30
A skilled painter uses light through the careful selection of a color palette, mixing the right tones and blending them together for the intended purpose. A photographer working outdoors is at the mercy of the light that is given. If it is not readily available, the resulting image will not have that “magical” quality.
Of equal importance in the creative process is the visualization of an idea. Sometimes the combination of visualization and desired light occur on cue. But skilled and dedicated photographers, upon envisioning an idea, must wait for that decisive moment when the light is magical. Artists like Ansel Adams had been known to plan shots and then wait for long periods of time for just the perfect wisps of light, setting their clocks for that magical moment. Light, too, is very fleeting, changing in minutes and seconds, with the instant for perfection disappearing into the atmosphere very quickly.
There are many kinds of light that make the ordinary spectacular. Early morning’s soft glow when the angle of the sun is low creates a warm and pleasing mood to the subject matter. Light at the end of the day produces a similar gratifying effect that tempers the contrast and can create an almost painterly feel to a photograph. Gray and overcast days warm the colors and exude a peaceful mood. Pending storms offer chances for dramatic interpretations of scenes that would otherwise be quite bland. Backlighting, where the light shines behind objects, gives a totally different look to one’s perception of those ideas being captured. For this show, I have gathered a group of photographs that were worth the journey and time of chasing the light. ~ Tom Kretsch
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