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Sculpting with Light

Harold Ross
Sculpting with Light

Join photographer Harold Ross for an information-packed presentation on Sculpting with Light, a technique that he has been perfecting for almost 30 years. Harold will show you how his vision and his method of light painting can transform the ordinary subject into something extraordinary. His lighting technique reveals remarkable detail, shape and dimension in his subjects. This lighting cannot normally be “seen”, as it involves a building up of light over time and over multiple captures. The photographing of one image can take minutes or even hours to record. 

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Harold’s goal is to elevate and monumentalize his subjects, which are often taken for granted, and his transformational approach to photography can, in a way, breathe new life into these subjects. During his talk, Harold will explain what he means by Sculpting with Light, the advantages of light painting in still life and other kinds of photography, the tools needed (which are very few and quite inexpensive) and his Six Principles of Lighting. He will explain how these principles work in practice and he'll show why his process is so transformative. His work will serve as illustrations to these themes. This will be an information-packed program. Be prepared to be inspired!

Born into a military family, Harold grew up in New Mexico and Germany. His parents were adventurous, and took the family on outings almost every weekend...hiking in the desert, horseback riding and camping in the mountains, exploring castles and old gardens in Germany and camping in Italy. These outings left many lasting impressions. After moving back with his family to the U.S., Harold began photographing. As a young teenager, he bought his first camera, a GAF Instamatic. He still has the camera today. Harold is deeply influenced by the work of Wynn Bullock, W. Eugene Smith and Irving Penn. He is also influenced by the paintings of Rembrandt, Carravaggio and Willem Kalf. He earned a B.F.A from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 1978, after which he produced fine art and taught photography at the college level. Since that time, Harold has been creating distinctive work in the studio as well as in the night landscape, specializing in Light Painting, a technique involving "painting" the light over a long-time exposure. 

Harold refers to his image-making process as “Sculpting with Light”. His large-scale color work has been exhibited, collected, and published in the U.S. and internationally in Photo China Magazine, the Italian magazine Progresso Fotografico, Ukraine Photographer, and The Journal of the Royal Photographic Society in England, among others. Here at home, his work was featured in LensWork #93, #121 and #137, and Professional Photographer Magazine, Digital Photographer, and Popular Photography, among others. Also, his work was recently featured in LensWork Monograph #15. Digital publications include The New York Times LENS blog, Boing Boing, aCurator, LENSCRATCH, Colossal, Photigy, Luminous Landscape, and more. In 2011, Harold was invited to participate in an exhibition of landscape photography in Inner Mongolia, China along with 10 other American and 20 Chinese photographers. He was also chosen as one of four photographers to exhibit in the inaugural FRESH exhibition at the prestigious Klompching Gallery in New York. Gallery representation: Susan Spiritus Gallery, CA., and High Noon Gallery, Beijing. Harold lives in Lancaster County, PA, where he produces work and teaches workshops in his process.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020, 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Banana Factory
25 W 3rd St
Bethlehem, PA  18016

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Bethlehem, PA