Sunday, January 25, 2015

From Our Yards: Natural Landscapes

Les Campbell and Elaine Darr-Morton’s show in the gallery at Wistariahurst Museum offers Quabbin landscapes, seascapes and rural settings celebrate the rich variety of local flora and fauna of New England and exemplify the artists’ personal approaches to photography – straightforward pictorial documentation, capturing the essential “decisive moment” of exposure.

Living on the edge of the shores of the great Quabbin Reservoir, Les Campbell’s “yard” is full of the local flora and fauna. His lens captures the native wildlife in action. In another “yard” he captures the picturesque rural New England farmstead with respect and reverence for the natural and magnificent landscapes of this part of New England. Elaine Darr-Morton’s “yard” is on the Maine coast. Her front steps overlook Frenchman’s Bay with Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park’s Mount Cadillac in the background. Together, Campbell and Darr-Morton’s lenses reflect New England’s bountiful and beautiful natural environments.

Their personal approach to photography is straightforward, pictorial documentation of the subjects. The intent and emphasis of their work is on capturing the essence of the subject at a particular time. Composition and lighting are second only to the all-important "decisive moment" of exposure.

Les Campbell is among the best-known photographers of the Pioneer Valley. His work has appeared in National Geographic and National Audubon and he has received many honors from the Photographic Society of America. Elaine Darr-Morton studied with Les and has frequently shown her work in area galleries. Together they operate the Sky Meadow Gallery in Belchertown, MA. 

Meet Les Campbell and Elaine Darr-Morton at the opening reception on Sunday, February 1, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. From our Yards: Natural Landscapes will be on view through March 30. The Wistariahurst Gallery is open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission to the gallery is $3 general / Free for members

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