2nd Saturday Gallery Reception: October 8, 5 pm – 8 pm
"Theater, circus, wildlife, portraits, glamour, scenery, still life, street photography, collage and whatever strikes my fancy: I am an eclectic photographer. But there is a common theme for all that I do – a foundation, commonality and style inherent in all my work. My photographs are an affirmation of the majesty of the moment. I want my photography to do what no other art can do. What is common in my images is that they capture a moment as only photography can. The moment is a combination of the choice of subject, the incredible detail that a camera can deliver, the lighting, the color and contrast, the composition, and the many enhancements that can be controlled in the image. The objective of the portrayed moment is to emotionally affect my viewers, hold their attention and bring them back for more scrutiny. My photographic image is not an emulation of a painting nor should it be. It is a photograph as art. Please explore these concepts as you view the work.
"In this show I display moments with eleven themes: humor, grace, strength, beauty, floral sculpture, birds in flight, performance, love, outside my window, chic, and splendor. It gave me pleasure creating these images. I hope they bring you enjoyment."
— Larry R Wagner
LARRY R WAGNER, retired engineer and executive, turned to professional photography in 2006 after enjoying photography as a hobby since he was a kid. He has learned his skills from his interest in art, studying the work of great photographers (Richard Avedon and Dorothea Lange are two of his favorites), obtaining the tutelage of some excellent photographers (Loren Hammer on the Mendocino Coast and David Robin and others at the Santa Fe School), spending many, many hours of practice and taking thousands of photos. While he does many genre of photography – nature, floral, architectural, an occasional wedding, photo restoration – his first love is photographing people. He is photographer for the Mendocino Center for Circus Arts (CircusMecca), Mendocino Theatre Company, Symphony of the Redwoods, Gloriana Musical Theatre, Local Licks Live and Flynn Creek Circus. In addition he does work for the Mendocino Film Festival and Mendocino Arts magazine, among others.
Larry was one of the founders of the Mendocino Photographers Guild and Gallery, was a guest artist at Edgewater Gallery, has shown his work at the Highlight Gallery, Mendocino Art Center, Zimmer Gallery, and many other sites. He currently has a show at Savings Bank of Mendocino which will be up until the end of September. He has published numerous photography books including Artists of the Mendocino Coast Volumes 1 and 2, Look at Us, We Are Beautiful (glamour isn’t just for Hollywood), and Saloonachicks, a book about the denizens that hang out at the Saloon on Grant Ave. in San Francisco. He is currently working on Mendocino Coast Artists 2016 which is targeted to be released by the end of the year. He does publicity and portfolios for some the aerial circus performers and is also jurying the Mendocino Art Center's Members' Juried Photography Exhibit in October 2016.