“Harmonies” Large Format Photography Exhibit at Gallery 308

Gallery 308 welcomes Tom Potter and Gayle Moore, artists whose exhibit, “Harmonies,” will be on display through the last week of June. An opening reception will be held June 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the downtown Gallery in Muncie Indiana.

The exhibition will feature the black and white work of these large-format photographers. Over 80 traditional silver gelatin prints will be displayed, many of which can be found in their two recently released coffee table monographs, Wild Harmonies and Sensual Harmonies. Additional images include examples from their work in the Southwest and Northeast. Images are individually hand printed by the artists in the traditional silver gelatin process at their darkroom facility in Morgan County, Indiana.

Both Tom and Gayle have had numerous exhibits in the Midwest and Northeast–in Louisville, Kentucky; Concord, Massachusetts; and most recently in Indianapolis where their new books were featured at a First Friday reception on the MASS Ave gallery walk. Their work was also recently featured in an extensive article in View Camera magazine. Gayle’s work was the feature article and cover image in the same publication in 2008.

Potter and Moore use the traditional black and white darkroom for creating silver gelatin prints, exploring and emphasizing both the unique quality of that medium and its ability to demonstrate the subtle tonal values found in landscapes, nature, and the human form.

Using an extensive variety of darkroom techniques, special emphasis is given to creating the fine print. This approach demands a different way of seeing the world that surrounds us. To paraphrase Charles Darwin, there is beauty in this view of life and in “…endless forms most…wonderful…”

For many years Tom Potter taught natural history photography workshops throughout North America, including Alaska and Costa Rico. Fifteen years ago he returned to his first love  –  black and white fine art imagery  –  and converted his color darkroom to an expanded three-room facility, designed to allow for the demands of producing the challenging silver images. In Sensual Harmonies, Tom features the unique female form and musical instruments.

Gayle developed an interest in both nature and photography as a young girl growing up on a Michigan farm. Later, focusing her interest in photography on the plant kingdom, her color images were seen in numerous exhibits, after which she moved into the arena of large format black and white work. In her recent book, Wild Harmonies, she incorporates the botanical comments of Thoreau with her fine-line images from the plant world.

The artists will be available to sign their new publications, and you can visit their website, www.tpotter-gmoorephotography.com, to learn more.

Gallery 308 is a 501(c)(3) community art gallery which exists to provide exhibition space for artists, encourage innovative work and serve the community as a cultural and educational resource. Contributions to Gallery 308 are tax-deductible. For more information about gallery hours, volunteer and donor opportunities, please call 765-289-8575. The gallery is located at 308 East Main, Muncie, Indiana.