Camera Club display offers a look ‘Through Our Eyes’

The UAA Camera Club opened a fund-raiser art gallery in the Student Union Nov. 4. “Through Our Eyes” is an attractive display of photographs for all tastes by members of the Camera Club.

Elaine Williamson, who took her first photography class 30 years ago in El Paso, Texas, displayed some out-of-state photographs. Williamson went to Santa Fe, N.M. last summer and photographed her Adobe series. This series contains photographs of adobe walls contrasted against the clear blue skies of New Mexico.

“The colors and atmosphere are so different from Alaska,” Williamson said. “I love the contrast.”

On a different trip, Williamson found inspiration with graffiti artwork on cement walls and other structures along roads in Los Angeles. Williamson created a series of photographs called Drive by Art of various colorful and artistic graffiti art.

“I like the whole idea of people making their own art and sending a message, which is often political,” Williamson said. “There are a lot of different names for it such as urban art or guerilla art. I find it an interesting area because it is a young art usually done by young people. It’s emotional, spontaneous, colorful and expressive.”

Williamson took her photographs by dashing out of her car during rush hour or sometimes on a separate drive.

Pamela Eldridge displayed a variety of digital photographs with different mediums including inkjet on canvas, oils and Polaroid transfer. Eldridge’s experiment with inkjet on canvas in her photograph “Parrot San Diego” successfully added a new depth to her photograph.

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“I photographed a 47-year-old parrot in Seaport Village last May,” Eldridge said. “Just as I snapped the picture at sunset, the wind picked up.” She said this gave an added edgy appearance to her photograph of the beautiful parrot. Eldridge also displayed photographs that were manipulated in Photoshop to give them a dreamy antique look.

Dennis Daigger displayed some work done with a macro lens.

“My style is very eclectic,” Daigger said. “I like photographing with a macro lens that lets you see the small details that you otherwise wouldn’t see.” Daigger’s macro lens skills are demonstrated in the photographs “Echinacea Seeds” and “Pansy Seed Pods.” Displays by Daigger also include photographs with a camera bought in Nebraska that was made the same year he was born.

One of the largest photographs was done by Timothy Stahl and was taken when flying between projects while working for Aeromap. The photograph, “Oil Tanker Being Escorted out of Prince William Sound,” is an impressive aerial view of an oil tanker, its escort and the wake created by such a massive operation. Stahl’s preferred type of photography is aerial landscapes.

In this gallery, there will be something sure to speak to you. There is everything from landscapes to portraits. “Midnight Soul” by Alejandro Barragan features a black cat against an orange-red back ground. “Deep Dark Passions” by Heather Maslen is a mysterious landscape shot in Ireland shrouded in clouds. “Doing the Dishes” by Whitney Biggs is an artistic still life arrangement. Whatever your style, the Camera Club has it covered.