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February 2014

NC Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, NC, Offers Works by Norm Richardson

NC Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, NC, will present Norm Richardson: The North Carolina Landscape – Sharp Focus Photography, on view in the Mims Gallery, from Feb. 14 - 28, 2014. A reception will be held on Feb. 14, from 7-9pm.

This exhibition of color photographs not only evokes nostalgia for rural landscape with atmospheric lighting, but will lure visitors into the fine detail of Richardson’s photographic method. Called zone photography, first creatively exploited by the famous Ansel Adams, Richardson’s shady areas and deep shadow riverbanks are rich in information and textural detail. Viewers will rub their eyes in disbelief of such clarity of detail. Richardson especially likes to photograph North Carolina’s historic old waterwheel gristmills that are rich in timeworn detail.

Richardson is a local photographer specializing in the photography and giclée printing of artwork by local artist and art galleries in Wake Forest and Raleigh, NC, area. He first began teaching himself photography when given a Kodak Pony 135 camera by his Dad and then mainly from reading books and then putting the techniques into practice. Ever since Richardson first had a camera, he has been passionate about photography; creating photography that is all about capturing a moment in time as realistically as possible.

Favoring the rich colors of dawn and dusk when natural light is at its most colorful, Richardson uses his camera and printer to capture magical moments as authentically as possible. To record the image sharply focused at its natural best, and nothing more is his passion.

Previously to having a career as a photographer, Richardson worked as a software and hardware engineer at Xerox Corporation for 30 years on imaging technologies and laser printers. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, and an Associate Degree in Computer Science, as well as a degree in Computer Engineering Technology.

As his job at Xerox enabled travel all around the world, Richardson has always been taking photos and keeping up with the technology. After retiring from Xerox Corp. in 2004, he lives near Bunn, NC.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 252/985-5268 or visit (www.ncwc.edu/Arts/Mims/).


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