Saturday, June 30, 2018

Take a Closer Look

Photographer Wants Viewers to Take a Closer Look at Second Story Gallery in July

Take a closer look, urges photographer Dennis Allison, as he presents stunning pictures of local wildlife in his July show at Second Story Gallery.  “I love to take a closer look at Nature when something surprising catches my eye,” he explains, the reason he calls his show “Take a Closer Look.”

He says he gets “double the fun” when a viewer stops and moves closer to examine a detail.  But he says his biggest thrill may be those times when he looks through his lens in the field and discovers an animal taking a closer look back at him.  “And then there are those rare times when I discover an animal has been examining me without me knowing it while I’m looking at another part of Nature.”  Goose bumps.

Allison could experience that moment in the local habitats of Lacamas Lake Park or Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge, two of his usual haunts.  Another favorite location is Hawaii. 

The retired psychologist and medical school professor says he has rediscovered the joy of nature photography in the last few years, mostly using his Nikon camera with a zoom lens that requires no changing in the field.  That makes it great for sudden, unique moments that can’t be staged, he says.  But there are unforeseen times when he uses his cell phone camera as well, he admits.

Being a psychologist, Allison says he’s very interested in the psychology of animals, especially birds.  “I happen to think that bird brains are amazing,” he quips.

The show at Second Story Gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library, is his first solo art show.  It will open with a reception for Allison from 5 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, with refreshments and music by keyboardist Rob Lewis.

Following the July 6 opening, “Take a Closer Look” will be open for viewing during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

First Friday Artist's Reception
July 6     5 - 8 pm
Public is Welcome!

Live music provided by keyboardist Rob Lewis