Archive for October, 2009

The subtle beauty….

Posted in News on October 14, 2009 by cgeary

Hello world —

I didn’t get this posted before the opening reception (which was this past Saturday and was lovely), but I still wanted to let everyone know about the exhibit at the Chapel Hill Library of photographs by Mesa Somer and myself. I call my series, “The subtle beauty of the natural world in winter,” 14 archival digital prints (16″x16″) on art paper. Here is my statement about these images:

Though I love spring and summer and hang on to their very last, luscious moments, as winter sets in, I notice that there is a different kind of beauty as plants go dormant. Leaves fall and you can see the bare structure of trees that gave shape to flowers and foliage during the previous months. Once you start to really look at trees in winter you notice how many different shapes trees come in. And there are many trees that do not lose their greenery, that provide a contrast to those that shed their leaves. Grasses are beautiful as they dry up and turn many shades of brown and tan and white. Plant life is delicate in a different way than spring. Flowers dry up and go stiff before they fall off to make way for new flowers. There is a relief in this…a time to rest from the vibrancy and energy of the summer.

This more delicate, subtle beauty of the natural worlds at rest is what I went out to capture in these photographs…most taken in my garden or within a few miles of my house. I wanted to capture their sometimes unnoticed beauty – the way that poetry uses words to distill a moment in time.

Though I use a digital camera most of the time now, I went back to a medium format camera and black and white film for this series, as I believe best captured what I saw and felt about this subject matter.

(Special thanks to Wojtek for the beautiful prints!)

And here is one of my photographs —


winter grass (1)


Mesa Somer does beautiful gum dichromate photographs. Check out her work at: (and at the library!)

This exhibit will be on display from October 10th, 2009 to January 3rd, 2010 and is open to the public free of charge.  The Chapel Hill Public Library is located at 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 and is open 9 am to 9 pm Monday – Wednesday; 10 am to 9 pm Thursday; 10 am – 6 pm Friday; 9 am to 6 pm Saturday; and 1 pm to 5 pm Sunday.

My next blog entry will provide information about the upcoming Orange County Artist’s Studio Tour — only a little more than three weeks away!!!