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December Issue 2005
NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC, Features Works by Mark Bashista and Ray Ellis
Two award-winning North Carolina photographers - Mark Bashista of Chatham County and Raleigh's own Ray Ellis - will exhibit their nature and wildlife photography at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences' Nature Art Gallery located inside the Museum Store in Raleigh, NC. The exhibit, Focus on Nature, will run from Dec. 2, 2005 through Jan. 29, 2006.
Ray Ellis spent the summer of 2002 in the western United States taking pictures of the majestic beauty of deserts in the southwest and the Rocky Mountains. His show includes images of Bryce and Antelope Canyons, Monument Valley, the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone-, Arches- National Parks and other iconic landmarks of the region.
Ellis' passion for still photography and the American wilderness has been a driving force behind his work. "Nature's beauty is immense, but unfortunately some of the most beautiful moments slip away before the world takes notice. Those are the moments I want to share," he says.
Ellis and his wife Susan own Footpath Pictures, a documentary production company in Raleigh. Prior to that he enjoyed a successful 20-year freelance career directing commercials, films and videos.
North Carolina wildlife and landscapes are the subject of Mark Bashista's work. As a mostly self-taught photographer, he says he's only getting better with time. "I've been taking pictures since I was a kid, but it has been in the last 11 years that I started getting serious about nature photography and my ability as a photographer has evolved through the process of trial and error."
Bashista chooses to use large- and medium- format cameras similar to those used by photographer Ansel Adams despite new advances in digital photography. He says hiking with those heavy cameras is a challenge but the resulting larger prints make the viewer feel as if they are really there. He has exhibited continuously since 1998 and has won several awards for his images, which have appeared in many publications including Our State Magazine, Shutterbug and Wildbird.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences documents and interprets natural history of the state of North Carolina through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming.
For further information check our NC Institutional
Gallery listings, call the Museum at 919/733-7450, ext. 361 or
at (www.naturalsciences.org/store/nature_gallery.html) or at (www.naturalsciences.org).
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