Renowned Tahoe photographer to be featured at Dercum Center MAX Event Friday
The Dercum Center hosts its second “MAX” event, named after Keystone and A-Basin founder Max Dercum, at 7 tonight at Warren Station in Keystone. The show is titled “Moments in Time” and features live music as well as a screening of work by Tahoe-based landscape photographer Jon Paul. The first half of the show features live “light classics” by Charles Wetherbee on violin, Janet Harriman on harp and Lisa Emenheiser on piano. For the second half, Wetherbee and Emenheiser contribute sound to a visual journey through Jon Paul’s large format photographs, with contemporary pieces including “The Seasons” by John Cage and “Songs of the Infinite” by Miguel Roig-Francoli. The musical selections were made based on how they resonate with the powerful imagery, said the Dercum Center’s Karina Wetherbee.”I have always had an affinity for the outdoors,” said photographer Jon Paul. “My background has inspired me to translate the power of nature’s beauty in my images and also imbues in me a strong sense of environmental responsibility.”To that end, Paul has donated the use of his images “to most, if not every environmental organization in the Lake Tahoe region to illustrate their causes” as well as to fundraising auctions for both environmental and social causes. “It is an amazing feeling to realize by sharing the beauty of nature and creating awareness about the importance of preserving natural spaces, my vision can enhance the lives of generations to come,” he said. “Jon Paul is special because he is a photographer’s photographer,” said Karina Wetherbee, who is also a photographer. “He is all about technique, relying on his knowledge of the craft and the art of photography rather than digital tools to achieve the desired effect. I have followed his work over the years, and this was a perfect opportunity to work with him.””The cumbersome nature of my equipment requires me to study my subject matter and plan well, resulting in stronger, more meaningful compositions,” Paul said of his work, which can be viewed at http://www.jonpaulgallery.com. “The large size of the film I use, along with the critical focus my bellows camera enables me to achieve, makes it possible for me to produce the largest, sharpest prints. This high level of quality results not only in a fine piece of art, but in the expression of the significance of nature I experience as an artist.”In addition to tonight’s performance, Paul will also offer a photography workshop Sept. 3-5. The $750 price includes three mornings in the field working over specific photography “problems” or issues such as sunrises, sunsets and moving water, followed by afternoon photo sharing and critiques. Two dinners are included as well as tickets to tonight’s show, which otherwise cost $15 for adults and $10 for students 18 and under. Interested parties must sign up for the photo workshop with Wetherbee by noon today at (970) 513-6556. If You Go: What: “Moments in Time” music & photographyWhen: 7 p.m. tonightWhere: Warren Station in River Run Village, KeystoneTickets: $15/adults; $10 for students (18 and under) at the door
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