Schenck Photo Exhibit in Casper Ends May 7

“Chasing Light,” an exhibit of photographs by Jeb Schenck, Thermopolis, will be on display at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper through May 7.

The exhibit includes a series of 60 color and black-and-white images taken during his travels around the world. Schenck is a former science educator and a mountain climber, who has climbed the top mountain ranges on most continents. He tested one of the first digital cameras while climbing Mount Everest.

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Captured Sky, Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Images in the exhibit are primarily landscapes from around the world, with a few images of people and animals. They range from the storm-swept spires of the Patagonia mountains, to the remote Huayhuash Andes. Other images focus on overlooked sections of slot canyons and expanses of deserts. Going north, images made in Iceland show a land of stunning waterfalls and chunks of jewel-like ice on black sand beaches. Wyoming figures in the mix as well, including images from Yellowstone and Thermopolis’s Hot Springs State Park are included.

 

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Summit Light, Mt. Fitzroy, Argentina

In all of these, Schenck is chasing the light — looking for the combination of light and composition that creates a memorable image. Ed Weston, one of the pioneers of fine black-and-white photography, noted the we must first have the “flame of recognition.” The photographer must be able to recognize the potential for an image in what we see, then have the skills to capture and recreate with our mind. Too often people walk right by potentially great images, failing to recognize their potential.  Landscape photography  is a game of patience, of being out there a lot, chasing the illusive light that makes the image different.  It also means getting up in the wee hours of the morning, perhaps slogging up mountain slopes in miserable conditions, or driving hundreds of miles to catch the  sun at the right place in the sky. Unquestionably, it is searching and waiting, sometimes hours, sometimes days, or even weeks for the right conditions.

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The Vision Still Remains, Hauscaran, Peru

The exhibit also includes “back stories” about making a particular image, the work involved, new techniques that had to be learned, unexpected problems encountered and the unparalleled excitement of witnessing something very special.

This exhibition was sponsored in part by a series of grants from the Wyoming Arts Council. Their support of the arts was crucial in the completion of the projects.

A reception will be held with an artist talk on Thursday, May 4, 5:30 p.m. The Nicolaysen is located at 400 E. Collins Dr., Casper, Wyoming.

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