SARANAC LAKE - BluSeed Studios will open an art exhibition featuring the photography of Phil Gallos Friday.
The opening will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 3.
Gallos' exhibit is entitled "Daughters of Mother Earth: the Nude in the Adirondack Landscape."
The core concept behind the featured work, as explained by the artist, "is the portrayal of the beauty arising from the communion between the body of the human female and the female body of the Earth. The images present what are at once both sensual and spiritual states emerging from that communion: joy, bliss, excitement, ecstasy, freedom, surrender, repose, empowerment, serenity, stillness, union ... Many of the photographs in this exhibition are full-body nudes-in-the-landscape rendered in color.
Others are partial-body abstractions combining color with black and white. Since the emphasis is on interaction, the landscapes in these images, for the most part, are not the sweeping vistas we often associate with pictures of the Adirondacks or with landscapes in general. Rather, the photos present a view of the Adirondack landscape that is on a more human scale - an intimate landscape."
Gallos got his first camera when he was 6 years old - a gift from his father - and has been photographing ever since. He learned basic darkroom technique from Bill McLaughlin Sr., at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, and worked for the Enterprise as a reporter/photographer/darkroom technician from 1971 to 1976. He later studied photography under Helmmo Kinderman at the Lake Placid School of Art for four semesters, 1975-77. Gallos made the transition from film to digital media in 2003.
In addition to the Enterprise, his photographs have appeared in a variety of publications over the last 40 years, including Adirondack Life magazine (2011) and the Adirondack Life calendar (2012).
Work on the current project, "Daughters of Mother Earth: the Nude in the Adirondack Landscape" -?his seventh solo exhibition in 13 years -?began in 2010. Other elements of his oeuvre include street photography, night photography, portraits, architectural studies, nature photography, infrared photography, and landscapes.
Gallos lives and works in Saranac Lake.