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New Exhibit of Black and White Photography ‘Stalking Light, Embracing Shadow’ Opens March 9 at Tall Grass Arts Association

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‘Stalking Light, Embracing Shadow, a new exhibit of black and white photography, opens at the Tall Grass Arts Association March 9 (Image Provided)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—February 26, 2018

By: Rosemary Piser

‘Stalking Light, Embracing Shadow,’ a new exhibit of black and white photography, opens at the Tall Grass Arts Association on Friday, March 9. The exhibit will run through April 14. An artists’ reception will be held on Saturday, March 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gallery. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Black and white photography can be dramatic, nuanced, boldly detailed, mysteriously subtle, an ultra-specific image that documents reality, or an invitation to imagine a lost or yet to be discovered place and time.   A photograph devoid of color can clarify and make more absolute, or present an enigma, a perplexing secret shared in a not-quite-familiar language.

The exhibit of black and white photographic feature4s works by a select group of well-respected regional photographers: Richard Ainsworth, Jay Anderson, Jon W. Balke, Richard Burd, Irene Ganas, Claudia McCarthy, Kristen Olivares, Stuart Pearson, and John P. Spomar III.

Each has created and continues to create hundreds of wonderful prints within a broad range of subjects and styles. Their images include people, places, events, objects, abstract compositions; distant views and extreme close-ups; documents of specific moments; narratives or set pieces to illustrate a concept, story, myth, or invented scenario; and experiments with light, contrast, and composition.

Images have been produced through traditional camera and dark room techniques, with digital cameras, with pinhole cameras, and even as photograms, but none have been created exclusively on a computer.

It is hoped that visitors will gain a greater appreciation for both the diverse ways artists’ visions can be expressed through photography in general, and these particular photographers’ technical mastery as well as the thoughtful choices they have made through what they look at, look for, and how they interpret what they see.

Gallery hours are 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Tall Grass Arts Association is located at 367 Artists Walk in DownTown Park Forest. For additional information or to schedule an appointment to view the exhibit, call 708-748-3377 or visit