Mary Whyte at the Gibbes Museum

Usually we photograph people in relationship to other people; couples, siblings, mother/child and families. Pets are stretching it, but there is still a connection to be captured. So I was delightfully surprised when I found relationships to capture at an art opening for Mary Whyte at the Gibbes Museum of Art.

While I photographed groups and 'meet and greet' shots, other images were grabbing my attention. To watch people absorb art could be a study in and of itself. Some observes get right up next to the glass taking in all the tiny details. Others hang back and take it in as a whole. One particular younger woman would almost do a dance moving in and away. Finally, my favorite was the need to touch the art which I think of as more of a fearless child's trait. But many adults would stop just short of touching the glass. Almost tracing brush strokes in the air.

Mary Whyte’s presentation had the full gamut of attributes. Large and small pieces, details, frames that held aspects of the piece and loads of emotion. The emotions created reactions in the views; smiles, laughter, study...

Big thanks to Lasley Steever and Marla Loftus for bringing me in to photograph the event!

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