Photographic exhibitions…

Photography is one of my passions. I don’t get to spend as much time as I would like to with it, but ever since the 5th grade, I’ve been obsessed with the camera. I’m not a photographic know it all – I understand the basic concepts (I’ve read Ansel Adam’s series of books on photography), and I certainly understand the science behind it, to include the optics, use of light, and in the old days, the chemical characteristics of film. That being said, I’m no wonk of all things photography. In fact, despite my love of photography, I don’t consider myself to be a good photographer either.

Okay, so what’s the point, right? I guess that’s what made this article from the Gazette all the more interesting. The article’s primary purpose was to highlight some local photographers and provide information about galleries that are exhibiting their photographic art, but it also discussed the actual art of photography. It really doesn’t matter what you use to take the image, but rather the actual image that matters. Something about the image captures you, and I would argue that like art, photographs are also a matter of personal taste. The images not only make an visual statement to draw you in, but you can see how the artist views the world through the lens and relate to not only the image, but to the photographer. I think this is what sets photography apart from the science of just capturing another image.

Here’s some additional information on the photographic galleries listed in the article:

Strathmore – Clifford Wheeler and Barbara Southworth Photography Exhibition January 7, 2006 – February 18, 2006.

Glenview Mansion Art Gallery

VisArts (formerly Rockville Arts Place) – AZO, opening January 8th through February 4th.

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