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Wildflower photography exhibit at Widlund Gallery

— Curt Austin and others will be featured in the “Photos of Wildflowers of the Adirondacks” photography show June 1-26 at the Tannery Pond Community Center’s Widlund Gallery.

A reception and program will be held 5-7 p.m. June 20.

Austin and his Chester-born wife, Nancy, have operated Austin Image Photography since 1997. Having an independent business allowed them to return to New York from Cincinnati in 2005, to property held by Nancy’s family since the 1800s. They built a dedicated studio for photography and their other interests, including a number of cats. As they have approached retirement age, they have been shifting from weddings and portraits towards nature photography.

The flower portraits on display at TPCC are the result of an unexpected obsession with close-up photos of flowers as they emerged in spring and summer of 2008. They were taken without any particular purpose, but in 2009 they somehow became the object of a book project: “Adirondack Wildflower Portraits.” As the title implies, it is not intended as a field guide, but a set of photos showing the beauty of a wide range of flowers, including very small flowers that normally go unnoticed. The book does provide some innovative guide features, such as displaying them in the order in which they appear during the season, and including a color swatch for each flower. Several of these portraits have appeared in the Adirondack Explorer.

The talk Curt will be giving on June 20 will include a slideshow of flower photos, and also will include remarks about how he took the photos and also some about the origins of flower geometries.

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