Camera Club Opens New Show
Four stunning images are among the fine work on display at the Housatonic Camera Club’s annual exhibition and sale at Noble Horizons. In “Simply Adobe, 1-4,” from Birgitt Pajarola’s suite of four square photographs, hung in a square arrangement, the light and dusky colors of the American Southwest seem to glow on the white wall. The pictures are all pale browns with accents from colored doors or windows; they are framed tight, part of a wall or a house in extreme close-up, and laminated on thick board so they push into the gallery itself. Victoria Beller-Smith, a former photographer at a major advertising agency, has an eye for telling detail and narrative. Her images from France, an antique-feeling shot of a nanny and children and a gendarme in the Tuilleries Gardens, another of three large posters for rock concerts along the Seine, are dramatic. William De Voti’s “Alpine De Suisse” is a shot of rising, terraced land backed by snowy mountains that is saturated with color; and you will want to bring his “Bouvier des Flandres” in from the snow and warm him up. Lazlo Gyorsok works in digital with major applications of Photoshop. His pictures are black and white, and moody. “Cows in the Morning Fog” is both atmospheric and ghostly. Dilapidated farms with deteriorating, rusting buildings and structures are captured in carefully composed shots by Ann Dillon Wilkinson. The feeling of abandonment is palpable. Judy Becker shoots plants, especially blossoms, producing lovely if expected images. Brian Wilcox has captured the most unusual shot in the show: “Carhenge,” that peculiar sculpture in Nebraska that recreates England’s Stonehenge using 38 old automobiles, some standing vertically, some placed horizontally on top of the standing cars, all sprayed flat gray. You have seen nothing like it before. The Housatonic Camera Club’s show continues at Noble Horizons through Feb.26. The exhibition is in the main building’s Learning Center Gallery and is open weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 860-435-9851 for more information or to make arrangements to visit at other times.