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Posted by The Center on August 21, 2010

(Photo credit: Toby Smith, Tarbet Isle)

(Photo credit: Toby Smith, The Pier)

Photographer Toby Smith specializes in photography after dark. Using a large format camera and both ambient and introduced lighting, Smith reveals unworldly vistas otherwise shadowed to the night time passerby and well distanced from the bright light of day.

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Posted by The Center on August 20, 2010

(Photo credit: Marita Gootee, Shark Dance)

(Photo credit: Marita Gootee, Gator)

Photographer Marita Gootee is perfectly at home with summer’s languid pace. Using a large format 8 x 10 pinhole camera, Gootee explores the emblematic promise of an empty swimming pool.

In her own words:

It is a hot summer day and what is more fun than to take a swim in a cool refreshing pool? The pool is the American icon for summer. It is a place to exercise the body and refresh the mind. It is a status symbol and one of independence.

These images explore the romance of the pool and the dreamlike quality of the lazy summer day… The light reflecting on the floating raft becomes a pool dance on the film. The figures are many times blurred. This creates a dreamlike – if not – mystical feel to the imagery.

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