Photo Lecture Series – March 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017 // 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Free and Open to the Public
Free and open to the public.
Mark your calendars for our bi-monthly photo series showcasing three local photographer’s work in a show and tell format. Each photographer will share their body of work, as well as their approach in creating the work.
* Light fare will be provided, but feel free to bring appetizers, beer or wine to share as this is a community focused event.
Date & Time
Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Neil Geller is a former chef transitioning back into photography. After 20+ years in the kitchen, Neil has decided to revive his first passion that started over 30 years ago when he was first introduced to photography with a fully manual Pentax camera. After taking photography classes and trailing with a professional photographer for a while, he stepped away from photography as life pulled him in other directions.
Digital photography has been a great transition because Neil shoots both black and white and color and the darkroom was always his least favorite part of film photography. Currently Neil is shooting both street photography and portrait photography as well as working on some personal photo projects. One ongoing assignment has Neil shooting food photography for preppings.com, the online food dictionary that he currently runs.
Through the lens, I find the grandeur of nature, the wonders of man, the mystery of shadows and reflections, and a connection to the infinite. My quest begins with light. It has a way of dancing – reflections, shimmers and rays grace scenes with magic. Light also adds visual depth taking a two dimensional photograph and giving it a three dimensional appearance. But lurking there in my peripheral vision, I see more. Sometimes I see snippets of the whole – abstracts, shapes and shadows. Other times I see motion – that fourth dimension. In order to translate that into my photography, I’ve freed my camera from its tripod perch so that the camera and I move together. I let the shutter linger open awhile, or perhaps click through some multiple exposures, to gather more of the scene – to let light bend a bit. Intentional camera movement becomes a dance that captures not just visual rhythms, but also evokes atmospheric and emotional expressions of that fleeting time that will not pass our way again.
Today I realized my work is about presence in absence. How someone can be so tangible in a space of a memory. Void as it may seem to be or as far away as the person physically becomes. None the less, you are still comforted by their presence, it is felt. As this is the only moment that matters. Projecting your reality and i think you can really feel that by looking at my photographs.
Loneliness, reality, attachment, self-projection, immediacy, sexuality, cycles, nature, micro/macro, details, sensory memory and connected stimuli are themes in my work.
Alternative presentations of the photograph, finding new ways to print and install ideas makes for an infinite exploration of this beautiful medium. Cyanotypes, books, salt prints, light boxes, fabric, leaves…
I don’t limit types of film or format, slide films are my favorite. Poetry in light.
*Lab operations end 30 minutes before close