TOM WYATT: Reflection and Illusion Photographs on Metal Exhibit: June 30 – August 27 Reception: Saturday, July 8, 4-6pm Music: Loren Feinstein
Warwick photographer Tom Wyatt has always been fascinated by optical mysteries. This fascination brought him to photography in 1995, first as a commercial photographer, and then for his own artwork. Wyatt began to seek out these optical mysteries in the world around him, eventually in reflections. In his words:
“The first reflective surface I photographed was an autumn Massachusetts pond with colorful birch trees. The yellow and white squiggly ripples in the water captivated me – soothing yet unpredictable. Sinking deeper into water reflections, I was amazed to find images coming out of my camera that reminded me of impressionist favorites like Van Gogh and Monet.”
Initially in his journey to capture these reflections, Wyatt kept recognizable elements in the photographs. Over time the boundary between realism and abstraction blurred as he concentrated on distorted water patterns. Soon his photographs could be named purely abstract; line, color and light for their own sake. Wyatt uses reflections as a portal or a visual springboard for the viewer to dive into their own reaction to each image, be it a brief, quiet interlude or immersing oneself into an alternative reality.
“With bounced light, magic can happen. Curving or bending light and the resulting shapes and forms open a doorway for our subjective minds. Whimsical or mysterious possibilities abound.”
Wyatt uses a Canon digital camera and lens, usually on a tripod. Experimenting with slightly different angles and times of day (or year) change the compositions greatly. Wyatt searches for dramatic colors and textures. Hues get intensified when reflected and may seem “unbelievable”. His images are not computer-generated or significantly altered. He edits his images to retouch, crop/rotate and make tonal/color corrections. His objective is to show exactly what he saw. Photographic prints on archival aluminum complete this goal, adding a vibrant luminosity that rivals the original scene. Wyatt is a graduate of the intensive program at the Hallmark School for Photography and a founding member of the Pioneer Valley Photographic Artists.
Musician Loren Feinstein improvises with a unique blend of African, Native American, and Western instruments to create a powerful sound experience, leading people on a musical expedition into themselves to find harmony within and connection to each other and the living Earth. Hear him Saturday, July 8, 4-6pm at Tom Wyatt's reception.