Gallery Reception: “Wandering Around—In Black and White” by John Lilley, photographer | 5-7 PM

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Wed

11/8/2017

5:00pm

Art Exhibit

Gallery Reception: “Wandering Around—In Black and White” by John Lilley, photographer | 5-7 PM

Exhibit showing November 7-December 3


This is a free event.


  • John Lilley, photography

Event Details

Artists' Statement: "Wandering Around -- In Black and White"

"The title of this exhibit is 'Wandering Around—In Black and White.' The American Road Trip is, for me, the activity of simply wandering from place to place. I’m not sure if the road trip is an excuse for photography, or if photography is my excuse for the road trip. Which ever it is, the traveling about is an opportunity to see what’s out there, to discover new places, and the things that inhabit those places and spaces. When I am on the road with my cameras I’m totally focused on the undivided landscape. I try to see into that landscape as deeply as I can.

My interest has always been simply photographing that which arouses my curiosity. However, I'm rarely attracted to the "big picture." Rather, my vision is almost unconsciously drawn to distinct designs, textures, and forms that occur as small subsets of the broader landscape. I am fascinated by the myriad possibilities for abstract composition that exist in our world. The connecting thread for the images in this exhibit is simply that they were all acquired in the process of 'wandering around.'"

--John Lilley

Gallery Reception: Wednesday, November 8th, 5 PM - 7 PM

Exhibit showing November 7th - December 3rd

This exhibit will be available for viewing Monday – Friday, 9:30 am to 5 pm; during public concerts, and by appointment. For more information or to make an appointment, call 734-769-2999.

John Lilley

John Lilley is a Michigan based photographer active in the medium since the mid-1960s. In 1974, he began working with large format view cameras. These cameras allow, actually require, a slower more contemplative style of image making—this has been his continuing passion. For many years, he worked exclusively in black & white. Ansel Adams was a hero of Lilley's.

He took some time off from photography in the 1980s, returning to it in the early 1990s. At this time, essentially the beginning of the digital era, Lilley decided to change direction and began to study digital applications in color photography. Being out of the wet darkroom was very freeing. Lilley has a love-hate relationship with the digital technology—he loves the precise control available in creative image making, but dislikes the frustration of technological glitches.

Lilley's favorite activity is roaming the countryside in his Sportsmobile named “Lenzrovr”. He loves searching for and discovering interesting images in out of the way places. His photo backpack, Ebony view camera, and Gitzo tripod all fit in a custom compartment in the back of the van.

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