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General News · 16th July 2011
Bev Hills
Richard Trueman’s retrospective show of photographs “Sheer Radiance and Joy” opened Friday July 15 at the Old Schoolhouse Gallery to a standing room only crowd.

Lush landscapes, candid portraiture, and ubiquitous Cortes Island images are all captured by Richard’s technical virtuosity, bold color, and eagle eyes.

Photography has been described as a process of visual editing and composing a frame while being in the right place at the right time, all the while choosing from infinite possibilities. Richard’s expertise is well demonstrated in this show.

Space is too limited to describe the 100-plus photographs he has selected for the show, so I encourage you to see for yourself what can be done with a digital camera. His work certainly transcends the ordinary snapshot most of us are capable of creating.

I had many personal favorites, and will try to describe only a few. A close-up of a sunflower with a bee in repose is razor sharp, with luscious color and infinite detail. Another sextet mug shot of a gloriously happy child is the very epitome of expressed innocence and radiant joy.

A moody composition of a backlit fir in the lush forest speaks to what Freeman Patterson expresses as a fundamental connection between balanced design of natural things and the need for balance in pictorial composition.

Richard’s home perch in Tiber Bay is a frequent setting for his studies of the coast front range and especially Mt. Denman, and one example in the show typifies a seemingly vanishing Cortesian summer day. The oft photographed Mansons dock with the usual panoply of colorful boats is difficult to capture in perfect harmony, and one shot features the unusually mirror-glass like ocean.

Perhaps my favorite image is the painterly ocean, cloud and mountain landscape composition that is elegantly explained by Patterson who wrote: “when your pictorial arrangement of natural things harmonizes with their natural designs you will experience a sense of personal harmony with nature that is deeply satisfying”…a fitting observation to capture the essence of Richard’s show. Don’t miss it.

Show continues July 16, 17, 2-6 PM
Artist's Talk July 22, 6-9 PM
July 23, 24, 2-6 PM