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Ethereal Landscapes Featured in “This Moment, This Place” Exhibit at BlackRock

Maryland photographer uses a large-format camera and 4x5 sheet film to capture dramatic scenes discovered in National Parks across the U.S. and rural landscape near his home in Ijamsville.

BlackRock Center for the Arts is featuring the solo exhibition “Michael Berry: This Moment, This Place” is on view through Saturday, February 23, in the Terrace Gallery, located on the upper level of the multidisciplinary nonprofit arts center. Admission to the galleries at BlackRock is always free.

Racking his large-format camera, Michael Berry carefully controls the plane of focus and depth of field, before capturing ethereal landscapes on 4x5 sheet film. The slow process requires patience, as the Maryland photographer revisits his chosen sites multiple times, studying the location from various angles and waiting for just the right weather conditions before

setting up his tripod. With the aid of a hand-held light meter and the freedom only the bellows of a view camera allows, Berry is able to record a striking range of values and achieve deep focus in compositions often dominated by vast expanses of cloud-filled skies above mountain ranges, bodies of water, or agricultural fields. He develops his own film then scans each negative on a drum scanner before adjusting contrast in the digital darkroom. In his solo exhibition This Moment, This Place, Berry explores the landscape, both near his home and on his travels, in a series of black and white photographs documenting the experience of a specific moment in a unique place.

Michael Berry earned a BFA in Studio Art from Millikin University in Decatur, IL and a BA in Photography from the Art Institute of Colorado in Denver, CO. His award-winning photographs have been exhibited regionally and nationally, including a recent solo show at The Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick, and have been selected for juried group shows which include “Illumination: An Exhibit of Fine Art Photography” at Agora Gallery in New York, “5 Photographers, 5 Visions” at the Frederick Arts Council, and “National Juried Photography Exhibit” at The Delaplaine.

Berry, who is an Illinois native, worked for many years in New Jersey as a commercial photographer specializing in the field of advertising and won numerous awards from the Art Directors Club of New Jersey. He has also taught college courses in photography as an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey. He currently maintains a fine art photography practice in Ijamsville, in Frederick County. Learn more about the artist at: www.michaelberryphotography.com.

BlackRock Center for the Arts is a cultural cornerstone and the leading venue for the performing and visual arts in Upper Montgomery County Maryland. Since 2002, the nonprofit arts center has been providing the community with diverse performing arts programs, free gallery exhibitions and arts education experiences in a welcoming and intimate setting. The dynamic facility houses two art galleries presenting more than 15 exhibitions per year, two theaters presenting more than 30 performances per year, and numerous classrooms and studios where year-round classes, workshops and camps in the performing and visual arts are offered for all ages.


Top: Denali 1, Mountain Range, Braided River, AK, archival digital pigment print by Michael Berry.

Next: The Triad, Eagle Lake, Mount Desert Isle, ME, archival digital pigment print by Michael Berry.

Next: Distant Seas, archival digital pigment print by Michael Berry.

Next: Breathe 1, Cape Ann, MA, archival digital pigment print by Michael Berry.

Photos courtesy BlackRock Center for the Arts.

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