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October 6, 2006


GREAT BARRINGTON, MA — The photography of Courtney "Lee" Rogers will be exhibited in the Library Atrium Gallery of Simon's Rock College from Oct. 16 through Nov. 17. The opening reception and artist’s talk for "Northeast by Southwest - The Comparative Landscape," will be held on Oct. 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Atrium Gallery.

"Northeast by Southwest" is an exploration of landscapes from the Northeast over the last 10 years and New Mexico photographed in the past year. All of Rogers’s prints are from work with a camera and a darkroom enlarger, without digital enhancing. "Black and white photography is challenging," said Lee, "as no one sees in black and white, but I feel it is a wonderful means of conveying a sense of the feeling and depth of the natural scene."

Recently Rogers has been working on combining photographs with photograms—a process of exposing photographic paper with objects placed it in. "What I am doing is using my negatives that I have taken at a certain setting (shore, forest, meadow, desert) and combining the imagery with the objects collected from the same setting," Rogers explains. "All of the objects that I use during the printing process are indigenous to the location of the actual photograph. I consider this method to be unique, and the results are mysterious, complex and moody interpretations of the landscapes and scenes that I have photographed."

Rogers works both as a commercial and fine art photographer. He first became interested in the photographic process at 16. At 22 he chanced to meet his favorite photographer Ansel Adams, which cemented his decision to pursue photography wholeheartedly. "I have always been awestruck by nature and the visual complexities presented to us," he said. "Whether a bird on wing, the formations of rocks, the patterns of water in a natural pool or the changing light, I wished to reframe it through a lens."

The exhibit and artist’s talk/reception are free and open to the public.

Simon's Rock Media Contact:
Briee Della Rocca: 413 644-4706