Opening Thursday, November 16th at 5:30 p.m.
The gallery opening is free and open to the public
Ian Creitz has been fascinated by photography since childhood, when his father would let him borrow his old Minolta so he could take pictures around their property and in the village. However, for financial reason, as a primarily self-taught photographer, Ian was limited to shooting in a sixty-or-so-mile radius from his hometown, Cambridge, New York. Though the idea of photographing distant locales excites Ian, he found that there is nonetheless a wide array of interesting and highly photographable material within this relatively small radius: on the rolling hills around Cambridge can be seen numerous green and luscious farmlands, while farther away, in the cities of Albany and Troy, we find a mixture of buildings old and new, many dilapidated and crumbling, covered in graffiti. Cambridge itself is home to a few old-but-charming structures-most notable the old Mary McClellan Hospital, which Creitz has shot extensively, both inside and out. With Ian’s work thus far, he has tried to capture the contrast between natural and man-made to show how nature will ultimately overtake our own trappings when we leave them alone: out of crumbling walls come twisting vines; from floors, plants root and spring up; all about bugs and small animals take residence wherever they can. In spite of this contrast, Ian hopes to show how a similar beauty can be found in both my natural and architectural images; he hopes you will enjoy seeing through his eyes.