Upstate/Downstate – Views of New York – Nature Photography by Dave Waite & City Life: The Photographs of Ken Ratner
Two solo photography shows open to the public on Thursday March 5th, 2020, in the Regional Art Galleries of the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library.
Both artists exhibited in The Art of New York: Annual Juried Art Show in 2019, with Dave Waite of Amsterdam, NY, receiving the Best in Show award.
Dave uses photography to “express my personal creativity and unique view of nature. My subjects are the scenes I encounter as I travel by foot or boat through the wilderness areas in New York State. I have been influenced not only by contemporary artists and photographers, but also the pictorial artists of the past.”
Ken Ratner’s black and white Gelatin silver prints are focused on humanity and the commonplace: “I feel most alive when I am canvassing the streets, or any other place where there is visual stimulation, with camera in hand, looking to record something that is significant. I photograph because I want to record what is meaningful to me, and to share with others so that, and this is my hope, the world will become a more humane place. I would like for people to feel what I felt when I photographed.”
Both shows are on view through May 6th.
Image Credit: Ken Ratner, Window Cleaners Through Glass Reflection, 45th Street, New York, Gelatin silver print