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Henry Rowan- How To See – February 16, 2017 Speaker

The February 16 club meeting features Henry Rowan and his concept of “Non-Existent Imagery”.  The meeting will be held in the Crayola Gallery at the Banana Factory at 7:00PM.  Non-members will be asked to pay $10.00 to attend LVPC meetings with featured speakers.

With the advent of digital technologies, billions of “pictures” are being taken every day and that number is growing daily. What isn’t growing in anywhere near the same proportion is the number of “photographs” being taken. So what’s the difference between a picture and a photograph and what does it take to elevate your own work?  We’ll be examining the issue and discussing two very key components that may well change the way you approach your photography on a very fundamental level.

The evening will use lots of images to blend Gestalt principles of composition, the thoughts of a quirky French philosopher, and Henry’s concept of “Non-Existent Imagery” into a light bulb moment that you can use immediately to make better images. The best part? You don’t have to buy anything new! Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned pro, this presentation will really give you something to think about and, hopefully, help make you a better photographer. (Oh, and if you are afraid that this is just going to be a boring technical talk you should know that not even Henry’s family thinks he’s sane so it should be fun!)

Henry is a national award-winning photographer who lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he heads the Pennsylvania Center for Photography (PCP) in Doylestown. His subject matter tends to be very eclectic and he has gained a following for his distinctive style of portraiture as well as his CameraGraphs™ which offer a unique portrayal of manscapes, nature and sports. In addition to being a working, professional photographer, Henry is a frequent lecturer throughout the region and teaches a variety of workshops.

Photographically, Henry’s style is well defined but somewhat difficult to describe. He plays with movement, light, and color in unison to create images that are easy to identify as his. The driving theme of his work is his concept of Non-Existent Imagery:

“The images I create never existed and never will exist. They are combinations of angles, colors, light, time, lenses, sensors and more, which produce images that the human eye can’t see and the human mind can’t process in real life. Unlike the photojournalist, I am not trying to capture a moment in time, but rather I am hoping to create a feeling in space that conveys the essence of the subject.”

Working within this framework provides a great deal of artistic freedom and fosters a worldview that is both individualistic and offers unlimited creative opportunities.

Many of his images are the result of hours of work and are part of his CameraGraph™ series in which post-processing plays a major role to visually construct his “reality”. After years of working with a variety of film sizes from large format to 35mm, Henry is now solely shooting digital images and utilizes Nikon professional equipment.

For additional information please see www.hrowan.com or contact him at henryrowan.pcp@gmail.com.


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