Photographer Travels 5,000 miles to Attend Opening Night of Exhibit in Fairfield, Texas
Written by Mary McDonald
Thursday, 02 August 2012 20:49
Local photographer, Denise McAdams, discusses strategy and technique with international photo artist, Pat O’Hare, during Opening Night of his work, “Here, There and Everywhere”…
Excellent fare, fine wine, and live piano music, playing softly in the background, in the vintage-worn structure, provided the perfect backdrop for Opening Night of "Here, There, and Everywhere," Thursday, July 26, 2012, at Healthy Rhythm Community Art Gallery in Fairfield, Texas.
Local art enthusiasts meandered around the Gallery, admiring the work of international photographer, Pat O’Hare, while waiting for the artist to make an appearance.
Upon arriving, O’Hare was immediately one with the intimate gathering, making each person feel their presence there was special to him.
Soon, the master brought out his own camera, a Panasonic Lumix G3, and took a few pictures of "this lovely establishment," as he put it in his charming international accent (a mixture of English, Irish, Italian, and Dutch).
Explaining his small camera, Mr. O’Hare said that he had taken many pictures using a larger Canon 5D, but found that his subjects felt intimidated by its size.
After being introduced by Gallery owner, Ken Vail, who stated that the pair had known each other for at least two decades, Mr. O’Hare said this was his first trip to Texas, a place that he grew up believing was the "center of the world."
He loved watching westerns, then going outside to play "cowboys and Indians."
The guests were treated, by O’Hare, to a mini-lecture of how many of the pieces, shot around the world, came into being.
A few of these were:
"Man with straw hat in Marrakech," which he joked was his National Geographic photo, was taken of a man selling hats in Djemaa El Fna in Morocco. He stated that the intricate details of his facial features caught his attention.
"Girl in Luang Prabang" was snapped after he realized the child had been standing in the same place for hours looking at children playing in a garden full of swings and toys.
Speaking about "Bridge over the River Khan," O’Hare said at first he was disappointed with it, until he began to realize it looked more like a painting than a photograph.
Many of Mr. O’Hare’s works are in black and white. Interestingly, he shoots everything in color. Using software, such as Photo Shop, Nik Software, and Perfect Effects, he creates the end result.
O’Hare indicated that black and white did not limit the eye to just a few colors as he explained his reason for the pictures’ metamorphoses.
Nicole Hughes, owner of Mommacakes, provided the food, while the wine was Texas grown at Texas Star Winery owned by Earl and Lyn Love.
The masterful hands of Zac Prihoda, moving over the ebony and ivory, was an art form all its own to be enjoyed.
"None of this would have been possible tonight without my fiancée, Donna [Strait]," Vail credited.
The 65-piece exhibit will be on display through September 20, 2012, and the pieces can be purchased at the Healthy Rhythm Community Art Gallery located at 127 S. Mount on the Freestone County Courthouse square – west side.