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May 3, 2011 > Capture the world with your camera

Capture the world with your camera

By Lucinda Bender

"Visions" at Olive Hyde Art Gallery illustrates a local photographer's impressions of the Fremont scene. Often-unnoticed details and vistas are highlighted along with impressions of a personal nature.

Gallery Curator Sandra Hemsworth states, "This show shares the vision of local photographers in the Tri City area that are passionate about capturing images that both intrigue and open a world to the viewer. Some images may evoke a memory of the past, or a glimpse of a place they have yet to explore. Each photographer in the show illustrates, through their work, their love of the lens and how it brings to life the stories of people, places, lives and locations to which they have a connection.

"Featured photographer Alvin Dockter, a long time Fremont resident, has been the inspiration for this exhibit. Photographers, not unlike many other artists, often gravitate to others who share a passion for a specialized medium - in this case, photography. It always interests me to see the variety of work, perspectives, and backgrounds and life stories that surface through an exhibit that shares a sense of community amongst the participating artists."

In his photography, Alvin Dockter, tries to show the real world, rendering each subject faithfully. When manipulation of a print is necessary, Dockter does it subtly. His artwork is printed from 35mm, medium and large format negatives or digitally.

Barry Levin's process involves seeing a finished image in his mind before he makes an exposure; finished images are not required to match the original scene or subject. Originals are starting points much like landscape painters who often interpret reality.

Levin picks his image subjects by the feelings they invoke when he looks at them. It's then his goal to pass those feelings along, ranging from awe through solemnity, in his work. He attempts to tell the story within the subject.

Another prominent photographer, Hal Geren, has enjoyed photography since the early 1980s as a medium that provides motivation to explore the local environment. Working with computer graphics in the early 1990s, he became interested in Photoshop software and developed an interest in photo restoration. The introduction of digital photography, coupled with a deepening appreciation for the local area, has led to his current enthusiasm to record wonders of the West Coast.

See what local photographers have captured in their own backyard.

Photography by Alvin Dockter and Friends
May 6 - May 28
Thursday - Sunday
Noon - 5 p.m.

Opening Reception
Friday, May 6
7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Olive Hyde Art Gallery
123Washington Boulevard, Fremont
(510) 791-4357

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