Palm Beach Photographic Center to Exhibit LIGHT WAVES by Nature Photographer Craig Blacklock
Fatima NeJame, President and CEO of the world-renowned Palm Beach Photographic Center (PBPC), today announced the world-class museum’s next exhibition: Craig Blacklock LIGHT WAVES, Abstract Photographs of Reflections from Lake Superior.
Growing up under the tutelage of his nature photographer father, Les Blacklock, Craig Blacklock began his career in 1976. Since then he has won numerous national and international awards, had over 30 solo exhibitions in museums and centers of art and has been featured in several international publications, including Outdoor Photographer and American Photo.
“Most photographers have a recognizable style that they apply to a variety of subjects throughout their careers, but Craig Blacklock has dedicated his entire life to capturing the interface of land and water in wilderness areas such as than Lake Superior, where he is constantly exploring ways to depict people’s relationship with the natural world,” says NeJame.
In his landmark 1993 book, The Lake Superior Images, and several subsequent books (A Voice Within: The Lake Superior Nudes and, more recently, LIGHT WAVES: Abstract Photographs of Reflections from Lake Superior), Blacklock presents the lakescape with immaculate compositions and the sharp technical skills of an art landscape photographer, always with the urgency to preserve the beauty of these wild places.
Traveling by kayak, Blacklock collected images of Lake Superior and its largest island, Isle Royale, opening a portal to an amazing universe where light dances with water, creating the illusion of three-dimensional objects and spaces. . The resulting photographs simultaneously acknowledge “the horrors and the loss, while revealing the beauty yet to be discovered within the shards, providing a place of refuge,” says Blacklock.
Opening on December 7 at 6 p.m.
The public is invited to a free in-person opening night and book signing by Craig Blacklock of his book LIGHT WAVES on Wednesday, December 7 starting at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
3-day workshop, December 8-10
Photograph flowers, ferns and mushrooms
Throughout his 47-year career as a professional wilderness photographer, Craig Blacklock has incorporated photographs of flowers, ferns and mushrooms growing on the forest floor. He designed a broadcast tent to overcome lighting and wind problems, and perfected his techniques during the film era. Digital photography now allows complete control over depth of field through the use of focus stacking, which is useful both in images where you want sharp focus and in those where you want focus. a single flower petal floats on a soft background.
In this 3-day workshop, Blacklock will present examples of each technique he uses, demonstrate them during field trips, and walk participants through image capture and digital editing of their images.
Note: A tripod is required for this course, as well as a close focus method. It is helpful to bring an assortment of lenses ranging from wide angles to medium telephoto lenses. Instructions on making a broadcast tent will be provided when registering for the workshop. Additionally, Blacklock will guide attendees through his Photo Center exhibit, talk about the techniques used, and, time permitting, the group will attempt to create similar images.
To register for this 3-day workshop, please contact the Palm Beach Photographic Center at 561.253.2600.