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October Issue 2004
Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, Features Works by Conrad Pope
Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, is featuring the aerial photography of Wilmington, NC, artist Conrad Pope. The show, entitled, View From Above, includes a number of his popular photographs of local Brunswick and Horry County scenes shot from the open door of a small aircraft as it flies over the area. The exhibit will be on view through Oct. 30, 2004.
"No I don't do the flying. My friend, who is a pilot, is in the cockpit, while I'm contorting myself and trying not to fall out while I get just the shot I want." says Pope. Born in Fayetteville, NC, this sky-high photographer has been interested in photography and astronomy since his childhood. He had no formal training; instead it has been a hobby that eventually developed into a business.
According to Pope, his main inspiration is to share through photography things that most people never have the opportunity to see. This includes the intensity of a lightening storm at midnight, the colors of a winter's dawn on the beach and the beauty of the ocean and inlets from 2,000 feet above. His ideas for photographs often revolve around placing the moon or sun in a particular landscape. Because the moon will rise or set in a given spot only once or twice a year, he sometimes has to wait years for a particular shot especially if the weather is not cooperating.
"Our coastline is beautiful with all the different colors of the water and land. These have become my most popular images. Many people are amazed how different things look from the air," says Pope. In fact, at shows viewers are fascinated by his work and invariably attempt to find their own homes in the images.
Pope is also known for his photos of lightening and astrophotography. He will have a show of his astro images at Ingram Planetarium in Dec. 2004. Some credit has to be given to the wife of this photographer, who graciously encourages him as he leaves at 4 am to go fly in a small plane traveling just above stall speed all to capture a moment in time.
Ginny Lassiter, owner and director of Sunset River Marketplace finds Pope's work especially interesting, in part because of the length he goes to get the right shot. "It's so technical, yet at the same time artistic. The composition of his photographs is like that of a fine painting. I'm very excited about the show."
Sunset River Marketplace, which had its two-year anniversary this past summer, features the work of more than 200 artists, all of whom are from the Carolinas. In this short time, the eclectic gallery has become a popular destination for both locals and visitors.
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