Two fellow adventurers share photo exhibit

CHESTERTOWN - The innovative work of two local photographers will be on exhibit beginning May 8 in the Chestertown Library gallery.

The exhibition, "Darkness and Light: Adirondack Starscapes and Landscapes," features astro-photography by Bob Fisher of Olmstedville and unique perspectives on the nature, mountains and towns of the Adirondacks by Jerry Wein of Paradox and Milton, NY.

Long before they met in 1980, Wein and Fisher had each devoted much of their spare time to learning the art of photography. Wein worked primarily with black and white portraits, which he printed in an improvised darkroom in his Manhattan apartment. In the 1970s, while beginning a career in information technology, he moonlighted as a portrait photographer, specializing in children and promotional portraits of musicians.

Fisher's primary interest as a photographer has primarily centered on the night sky. He began to experiment with astro-photography in his teens after building a telescope in his Patterson, N.J. basement and joining the local astronomical society

In the early 1980s, both Fisher and Wein became interested in hiking. They began exploring the Adirondacks, camping with their families and climbing many of the high peaks together, always with cameras in tow. Nature photography became a shared passion, and in pre-digital times they spent many a winter evenings teaching themselves color printing in Wein's darkroom. Wein still enjoys working in black & white, but his photographic interests have expanded greatly to include a range of approaches to the Adirondack landscape, as demonstrated by the work in the Chestertown exhibit, as well as cityscapes, poster art, and digitally enhanced experimental work that borders on the abstract.

Since 2007, Fisher's flower photos have been appearing nationally in Wildflower magazine.

He frequently hosts local star parties in the summer months and his astro-photos were recently featured at the Johnsburg Library. All prints by both photographers in the Chestertown exhibit were produced by Wein.

The library is located on Main St., Chestertown, in the Chester Municipal Building. For details, call 494-5384 or email: Olmad@aol.com or jerry.wein@yahoo.com

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