7 photographers contribute to photo exhibit in Spartanburg
An exhibit featuring the work of seven local photographers is on display at West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg. The showing called “Click” runs through Nov. 11, at the co-op, 578 W. Main St.
The photographers are John Lever, Dave Sawyer, Tom Lowrimore, Patty Wright, Chuck Reback, Thomas Koenig, and Pete Harding. The public can view the free exhibit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
“This will undoubtedly be one of West Main Artists Co-op’s most accessible exhibits,” curator and watercolorist Dwight Rose said in a statement. “Unlike oil or watercolor or sculpture, this art is more directly linked to reality, and a lot of people relate to photography better than traditional art. It often reflects the world in ways we didn’t notice — until a photographer with a critical and artistic eye captures the moment and presents it to us. I am always surprised at what messages a photographer can send with his or her click of a camera.”
This exhibit will be very eclectic with a wide variety of photographs, depicting many different views on the world.
“I have been a graphics communications professional and communication designer for all of my adult life and have worked for more than 25 years on two different continents and in two different languages. I have worked in all aspects of graphics communication, photography, design and creative concept. In addition to my professional work, I have chosen photography as my artistic outlet with several exhibits in South Carolina. Art, photography, and graphics communication for me are not only a profession, they are personal, from changes in technique and technology to changes in communication itself,” Koenig said in a statement.
“My photographic interests are eclectic and opportunistic,” Reback said in a statement. “Inspired by the world around me, I photograph anything from an abstract of a single leaf to a scenic vista to an industrial landscape. Over the years, my style has evolved from a literal depiction of the subject to a more personal interpretation — encouraging the viewer to experience the moment as I did.”
Lever said in a statement his inspiration comes from a desire to share his views of his travels and of the natural world.
“Whether this takes form as a snow covered mountain, a tropical island or a bird in flight, the theme is the same: connect the viewer with my personal view of the world. Over the past few years, a big part of my photography has been while sailing with my brother and sister-in-law. This has taken me to parts of the world that I might not easily get to and affords me a unique platform to see these places. Another major influence on my photography has been travel to the iconic parks of the American West,” he said in the statement.
With no formal art education or training but having always appreciated photography and ceramics, Sawyer began his own work in clay in 2008 with classes at a local artisan studio and followed with photography. He continued exploring both artistic mediums, and, after retiring and moving to South Carolina, he continues to grow and expand his artistic experience.
“My work includes art pottery, decorative ceramic wall art, and photographic images,” Sawyer said in a statement. “My inspiration comes from the world around us and reflects my love of history and God’s great gift of nature. My photographic images show what we may or may not see around us: our environments, both natural and man-made, as well as who we are, were, and perhaps, want to be. Some present a realistic vision while others a more artistic interpretation.”
Truly a product of South Carolina, Lowrimore has lived all over the Palmetto state. In retirement he returned to photography, which was an early love.
Lowrimore quoted Aristotle: ‘The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things but their inward significance.’ And on one method for disclosing the inward significance of things, he quoted the painter Mondrian: ‘I wish to approach truth as closely as is possible, and therefore I abstract everything until I arrive at the fundamental quality of objects.’ “Take away dimensionality; take away color; choose a point of focus; impose your own perspective and see things in a new way,” Lowrimore said. “A leaf becomes a triangle; grains of gray become flesh and bone; a concrete wall becomes a spiritual barrier between old and new. As Thoreau said, ‘It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.’”
Wright said in a statement that he is a traveler and wants to see it all. “I love nothing more than to experience the end of the day with sunset cruising. I look to capture the interesting, the unexplored and feel the silence as photography inspires me to look at the world around me and to see through my lens. Being influenced by light painters, like Andrew Kincaid and especially Andrew Wyeth, I wanted to photograph the same way.”
“Growing up in England, my mother would take me for walks across the local fields and tell me about all of the wild flowers, birds, insects, and wildlife we would chance upon,” Harding said in a statement. “I marveled at the wonders that might be found on a blade of grass or under a petal or leaf, and as I grew up and began to travel and hike across the UK I fell in love with the majestic landscapes there. This is the inspiration for my photography: the desire to bring all the splendor and majesty of nature back from wherever I travel. I aspire to capture nature in unique ways that will lead the viewer into a world of nature that they may not have experienced before. All of my photographs are taken digitally and are minimally edited, as I strive to bring nature to the viewer as it really is.”
For more info on “Click,” please visit WestMainArtists.org.