Talent shines through Best of Show winners

Posted 3/26/09

Photographers and arts fans filled the Littleton Historical Museum’s gallery March 19 to admire a large collection of works by Larry Johnson and …

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Talent shines through Best of Show winners

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Photographers and arts fans filled the Littleton Historical Museum’s gallery March 19 to admire a large collection of works by Larry Johnson and John Chapter, 2008 Best of Show winners in “Through the Eye of the Camera.”

Each of the artists conducted a brief gallery tour of their work, with stories about the content.

A visitor should allow enough time to absorb and enjoy the high level of detail and fine craftsmanship brought to these finished works.

Johnson’s color winner, “The Guiding Light,” which hangs just to the right of the gallery entrance, depicts an old lighthouse surrounded by crashing waves and flooded with dramatic light. His large format, intensely colored images of landscape present beautiful locations across the North American continent, especially in Colorado. The majority were shot at sunrise or sunset, although a few reflect the softer mid-day look of the rural west. Johnson exhibits about 30 photographs.

Chapter’s “Americana Taffy,” placed just beyond Johnson’s, and the black-and-white winner, is a digitally tweaked shot of the design gallery at the Denver Art Museum that could inspire a bit of vertigo. He describes himself as an antique collector and his images include an 18th century microscope that seems to tell a story, and another of a microscopic fish that is on an old slide he purchased. He advocates extensive use of Photoshop to achieve the images he wants and includes several collages of animals, such as “Hyena Triptych,” and photographs that picture objects in motion. His collection includes about 40 pieces, in both black and white and color.

If you go

“2008 Best of Show: Eye of the Camera” will be exhibited through May 3 at the Littleton Historical Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton. Museum hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays. 303-795-3950.

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