Monthly Artist for October- Gary Larson

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I was born in Connecticut and, after completing my degree at the University of Connecticut, I travelled extensively throughout the United States and lived in 12 different states. As my first career advanced, I became increasingly committed to photography. I now live in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, where I photograph often. But I still travel throughout the U.S. frequently and into Canada occasionally. I have been deeply interested in photography for over 30 years and now photograph in 35 mm digital format. I have taken classes and workshops with well-known photographers George Lepp, John Shaw, Weldon Lee and B. Moose Peterson.

While my subjects are drawn from nature and focus on landscapes, structures and flowers, I also find close-up photography to be exciting. For several years, I have been especially drawn to infrared digital photography. I find that its unusual light spectrum challenges human perceptions, and it has opened fresh creative channels for my work.

My work was selected for the “New Genre” award in the 2012 “Cooperstown National Show.” I have had several photographs selected for the “Adirondack Life Photography Contest,” winning 1st Place Color Photograph in 2008, 2nd Place Alternative Process in 2009 (and another for Honorable Mention) and an Honorable Mention in 2010. One of my photographs was selected as “The Best of Nikonians” in their on-line contest for May 2010, leading to an article about infrared photography for their on-line magazine. I have had photographs in the 2011, 2013 and 2014 “Exhibitions by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region” at the Albany Institute of History & Art and at the Hyde Museum. I have had photographs selected for the “Cooperstown Art Association’s Annual Regional & National Juried Exhibitions.” In 2009, my photograph won the 2nd Place award at the “Adirondack Theme Biennial Photography Exhibition” at the (then) Arts Center in Old Forge, NY. This year, I won a 3rd place award at View Arts Center in the “Annual Central Adirondack Regional Exhibition.”

My photographs have been presented in solo shows at the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie, NY; the Clifton Park/Halfmoon Public Library in Clifton Park, NY; the (former) Feast Gallery in Saratoga Springs, NY; the bjsartworks Gallery in Glens Falls, NY; the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake, NY and in the Northville Public Library in Northville, NY. I had solos shows in Hadley-Luzerne, Glens Falls, Albany, Blue Mountain Lake, and Clifton Park, NY in the last two years.

I recently published my second book called “Paths… Over Roots & Rocks.” This hardcover book contains 38 images and greatly expands my work on paths. The first book was based on my “Paths in Life” series of infrared photographs. It contains 18 images along with the definitions and narratives included with these photographs. Each “Path” image reflects a human value. The series of images was gathered as I traveled throughout the U.S.

I also maintain both a website at: www.lighteffectphoto.com and a Facebook business page at:
www.facebook.com/lighteffectphoto 24 Lakeside Drive, Edinburg, NY 12134 – (518) 863-6509 –LarsenPhoto@roadrunner.com

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