Local photographers will showcase their talents along with the beauty of the region in a photography exhibit currently on display at the Indiana Welcome Center.
“The exhibit is a mixture of black and white photography and color, and all of the photos are taken locally and really showcase our area,” said Andrea Rivera, the exhibit curator and art director for the South Shore Convention and Visitor Authority.
The South Shore Convention and Visitor Authority’s fourth-annual photography exhibit is on display through Sept. 30.
The exhibit features 107 from 58 local photographers. The exhibit’s theme is “Reflections,” and the photos also highlight locations from around the South Shore area, ranging from New Buffalo, Mich., to Chicago.
The photos in the exhibit were selected after photographers submitted their work online. Some of the exhibitors have been featured in exhibits before, and for others, this is the first time they will see their work on display, Rivera said.
“That’s always exciting, when we have first-time photographers exhibiting,” she said. “This year, we have more participants than we’ve ever had before. Everyone is always excited to see their work on display.”
The “Reflections” theme was announced on the South Shore CVA’s website in the spring, and exhibitors range in age from teenagers through adults. The theme was one Rivera had been eying for awhile.
“When we started this four years ago, I made a wish list of different themes that I thought would be interesting, and this was one of them,” she said. “I like to have a theme with a wide interpretation, and this worked well.”
Photographers submit their photos for display, and they range from about 10-by-12 inches to three-foot panoramic shots, Rivera said. Some are traditionally framed and mounted, and others are mounted unconventionally.
“We leave it up to the photographer, and we’ve had some photos mounted on boards or printed on metal,” she said. “It’s not necessarily a photo in a frame behind glass. I see something new and unique every year.”
Rivera said she likes how the photographers each have a unique eye, and a unique way of expressing the beauty of the South Shore area.
She said it is always exciting for photographers to see their works on display, but the exhibit is also a good way for visitors to the Indiana Welcome Center to get a glimpse of the beauty the area has to offer.
“We have a beautiful hall, a beautiful space, and people are excited to be a part of it. The photographers bring their friends and family to see their works,” she said. “But the exhibit also gives visitors traveling through a different perspective of the places in our area. We’re more than what they see when they’re driving down the highway.”
FYI: “Reflections” will be on display in the W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall through Sept. 30 at the Indiana Welcome Center. The center is open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily through Labor Day. After Sept. 2, the center will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.