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Widlund Gallery features Johnsburg couple

NORTH CREEK - Linda Zila and Bob McDermott of Johnsburg have traveled across oceans and back armed with only their cameras. On Jan. 30, images from their trip will be displayed at the Widlund Gallery at Tannery Pond Community Center. Their photographs will be on display through March 2.

The exhibit will contain more than 70 photographs from their voyage aboard the Lindblad\National Geographic Endeavour in 2008. They visited remote islands in the Atlantic Ocean and went from the waters of Antarctica along the Atlantic Ridge through temperate and tropic climes to their final destination in the Canary Islands.

This journey was an epic wander permitting a glimpse into the past through literature and art, they said. Zila and McDermott spent days at sea without sight of land or other vessels, but were never void of photo opportunities. They delighted in the sightings of pods of whales or schools of dolphins.

Zila and McDermott revealed that the islands were as isolated as the ship itself.

"There were no airports. Instead, those who needed to travel waited for Endeavour to fetch and deliver them to their destinations. Indeed, time slowed to a nineteenth century crawl," said Zila.

A retired educator, McDermott has traveled the globe all his life shooting slides for use in his social studies classes.

"Ordinary picture taking soon grew into a photographic passion," he said.

He artfully records, with an eye for history, culture and a sense of place, the faces and landscapes he has encountered on his journeys in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

The couple met, married and moved to the North Country in 2002. Soon after, McDermott became committed to digital photography - opening the doors of new opportunity. He shoots with a Canon EOS 30D and uses a 17-85mm lens for most pictures, switching to a 70-300mm telephoto for distant objects and events.

Zila is newer to world travel, having had most of her expeditions since marrying. A quick study, however, the retired medical writer is moved by what she discovers in her travels. She shoots with a Canon SX110 IS.

On Friday, Feb. 5 from 5 - 7 p.m. there will be an artist reception, followed by the showing of a one-hour National Geographic video documenting he journey of Zila and McDermott. These events are free of charge and open to the public.

For more gallery information, call 251-2421 or visit www.tpcca.org.

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