In September the Port Townsend Gallery features Kay Harper & Will Kalb
In her show as featured artist, Kay Harper continues her exploration of the beauty and complexity of flowers. She thinks of her work as portraiture as she strives to reveal the unique essence of each flower she photographs. Kay sees her work as collaboration between herself and her talented gardener friends who share their beautiful flowers with her. Since black and white photographer Will Kalb is sharing the featured artist spotlight this month with her, Kay decided her theme would be black and white and color, in particular, the many variations of red. Kay explains that she calls her work "enhanced photography" because she takes the raw image from the camera and uses a variety of software based techniques to develop the image. Kay's fascination with flowers is not surprising since her educational background is in the biological sciences including botany. She is a self-taught photographer but has taken advantage of the wonderful online educational resources available now as well as attending a number of workshops in gardens in various parts of the country. Kay loves living in the Port Townsend area where a multitude of amazing flowers flourish in the mild winters, cool summers, and gentle rains.
For 35 years, Will Kalb has been doing black and white photography in Jefferson County and The San Francisco Bay Area. After many years of prodding by his fans, he is finally making greeting cards of his most popular, and his personal favorite photos; these at times are not always the same. The cards will include; Diane, Proud as a Peacock, selections from Men Doing House Work, and his physical trainer Kelby. Will received his training at the San Francisco Academy of Arts College. The photos are done in the traditional gelatin silver printing process with black-and-white films and printing papers in a darkroom with developing chemicals. The gelatin silver process was introduced at the end of the nineteenth century and dominated black-and-white photography in the twentieth century. For many purists the subtle gray tones and contrasts achieved through the gelatin silver method are superior to modern digital photography. Even with improvements in technology, silver gelatin prints can still produce a print with a broader range of tones than digital prints.
The Port Townsend Gallery at 715 Water Street is open from 10 to 6 Sunday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday 10 am to 7 pm. Please join the artists for the Gallery Walk from 5:30 to 8 pm on Saturday, September 7th . For more Gallery information, phone (360) 379-8110 www.porttownsendgallery.com.