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January 9, 2008 > Points of View

Points of View

By Mekala Raman

With each passing year people's lives seem to become increasingly hectic with the stressful demands of work and ever-present projects at home. Many people are beginning to realize that an excellent way to counter this continuous tension is to steal away into the peaceful beauty of nature once in a while. Photographer Jim Guthrie celebrates this healing, - and thrilling - aspect of nature by capturing its essence in his breathtaking panoramic photography. Many of his works are currently being featured in the "Points of View" exhibit at Fremont's Olive Hyde Art Gallery.

Guthrie's interest in photography started in 1978; a decade later, he began making his photographs available to the public. Fascination with the broad brush of nature prompted use of panoramic photographs which has become his specialty. People from all walks of life are drawn and mesmerized by the beauty and grandeur of this unconventional method of photography, achieved using a German Linhoff Technorama Panoramic camera. Negatives produced by this camera are sized so that they produce a print ratio of 3 to1, enabling easy conversion to murals without distortion.

Guthrie has also begun to produce triptychs, images divided into three parts. The common method involves carefully arranging three separate camera exposures to blend as one picture. Guthrie's panoramic pictures are so long horizontally that one picture is divided into three separate panels to achieve the effect.

However the photograph is presented, these panoramas create a large, vivid and realistic scene. Says Olive Hyde Curator Sandra Hemsworth, "I like the idea that panoramic photography pulls the viewer inward, hopefully creating a desire to stay with the image longer, and connect to the location." As people turn to the outdoors more frequently to relieve stress, they have also begun to appreciate landscape photography. According to Hemsworth, this type of photography has become quite popular among local recreation enthusiasts and feels "Points of View" is an appropriate representation of this affinity to nature.

Guthrie's panoramic pictures span many areas of the world including much of the United States and parts of Africa in a variety of locations, not just natural sites. Guthrie pictures are available in different sizes and can be ordered as just images or matted and framed. His works range anywhere from $16-$2,200. All images are taken in very high resolution so they can be expanded and still preserve the details. Matting is done professionally and with acid free paper to preserve the prints. Pictures that are 20 inches or larger are Limited Edition, meaning they are signed and numbered by the artist and after they are sold out, there are absolutely no copies available. Some have been limited to as few as 75 pieces, making them excellent investments.

View these breathtaking pictures for yourself at Fremont's Olive Hyde Art Gallery. All pieces on display as well as prints and smaller items displaying his works are available for sale at the museum. The exhibit is open through January 26.

Points of View
Now through Saturday, January 26
Thursdays - Sundays noon-5 p.m.
Olive Hyde Art Gallery
123 Washington Blvd. Fremont

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