Through the Lens features the work of seven Sacramento area photographers in celebration of the inaugural Photography Month Sacramento: Bryan Allo, Michael Corlew, Gene McKinnon, Heather Merrifield, David Nasater, Deborah Rhea, and Lucille Van Ommering.
Led by Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, a non-profit organization located in Midtown Sacramento, and in collaboration with many partners including SMUD and the City of Sacramento, the community’s first-ever Photography Month Sacramento will take place in several venues throughout April 2018.
In an age of media inundation it is increasingly important to encourage purposeful displays of photography by artists seeking to share a story or a moment of beauty. A range of photography highlighting diverse techniques, approaches and personal visions is featured.
Born and raised in Cameroon, West Africa, photographer Bryan Allo studied his craft in Madrid, Spain. A longtime resident of Sacramento, Allo continues his love of world travel and photography. This exhibition features three of Allo’s very large iconic urban and rural images. His shooting style is more of a realist expression. He shoots what he sees and only retouches his photos to the extent that they better express the beauty of his subject. He believes if a photo is worth taking and is well taken, it is better off left alone. “I take my camera and lenses with me everywhere I go including the bottom of the pool. My carry-on bag is always full of lenses. Clothes are an afterthought. I am obsessed with capturing beauty in all its fleeting forms in the greatest possible detail.”
Based in Woodland, David Nasater is a landscape photographer whose images deal with the concepts of place and time. Though primarily self-taught, a pivotal point in his work came when he took a class called Beyond Landscape at the Davis Art Center and was introduced to alternative ideas of landscape photography. “I’ve progressed in my work from the classic landscape to a more intimate form,” says Nasater. “My goal is to inject a sense of time in addition to place in my works. I want the viewer to see the image as a point in a continuity of events.” He has exhibited predominately in Northern California and his works are in a number of private collections in the area. He has won several awards, including Best of Show at the 30th Annual Vacaville Juried Art Show and Awards of Merit at the California State Fair.
Sacramento resident Deborah Rhea’s featured work captures quiet moments experienced during years spent in Spain. Rhea’s haunting black and white images allow the viewer to become voyeur – catching a moment in the life in a foreign land. Rhea's work has been shown in several local exhibitions, including “8 Women” – a solo exhibition of black and white photographs featured at Sacramento’s Red Dot gallery in
Also featured is Sacramento based photographer Lucille Van Ommering’s photo titled “Foggy Evening, The Flat Iron” which won a ‘best in Photography in the Style of the Old Masters’ award at the Sacramento Fine Art Center, as well as “After The Storm, Waimea Canyon” which won a Juror’s Award at the KVIE Auction. Her aim is to bring a unique sense of color, perspective, and space – drawing the eye to states of mind that have been experienced rather than visualized. She has exhibited her work in several venues in the Sacramento region including the KVIE Art Auction, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission/SMUD, Viewpoint Gallery for the Photographic Arts, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Blue Line Arts, Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom, and Yolo Arts.
Michael Corlew renewed his long-time passion for photography upon retirement. He’s combined photography with his love of travel and bird and animal watching. His work has been included in the 2015 Crocker-Kingsley Art Competition, one of 75 pieces selected among 1,300 entries. Like Corlew, photographer Gene McKinnon favors nature, with an emphasis on wildlife. McKinnon experienced his first roll of black and
white film in 1962 and though he still dabbles in it, as well as pinhole photography, he mainly works in digital photography these days. He’s a member of the Folsom Art Association and affiliated with the Yolo Art Association. He’s attended classes at nearby American River College and Sierra College and has shown his work at several local venues, including the Viewpoint Gallery.
Among the seven featured photographers, Sacramento-based Heather Merrifield is perhaps the newest to this medium. Though an artist for most of her life, Merrifield only dedicated herself to photography two years ago when she received her first DSLR camera. She enjoys every aspect of the medium, from composing to shooting to digital manipulation. She especially enjoys landscape photography with an unusual
perspective, local independent wrestling photography, and digital manipulation—all three genres of which are included in this exhibit. Her work has been shown in several exhibitions, including most recently in the American River College exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum. Her piece was one of only 42 selected from 400 submissions. She is currently working on multiple degrees, including Photography, Art, and Graphic
Design. Merrifield grew up in the UK, but has resided in California for the last 22 years.
Image: David Nasater, Against the Storm, photography – pigment inkjet print, 2017, 20”x26”