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BlackRock Center for the Arts Presents Michael Berry This Moment, This Place

Michael Berry, Breathe 1, Cape Ann, MA, archival digital pigment print. Courtesy of BlackRock Center for the Arts.

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Currently on view through February 23, 2019.
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Maryland photographer uses a large-format camera and 4×5 sheet film to capture dramatic scenes discovered in National Parks across the U.S. and rural landscape near his home in Ijamsville.

BlackRock Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the solo exhibition Michael Berry: This Moment, This Place is on view through Saturday, February 23, 2019 in the Terrace Gallery, located on the upper level of the multidisciplinary nonprofit arts center. Admission to the galleries at BlackRock is always free.

Racking his large-format camera, Michael Berry carefully controls the plane of focus and depth of field, before capturing ethereal landscapes on 4×5 sheet film. The slow process requires patience, as the Maryland photographer revisits his chosen sites multiple times, studying the location from various angles and waiting for just the right weather conditions before setting up his tripod. With the aid of a hand-held light meter and the freedom only the bellows of a view camera allows, Berry is able to record a striking range of values and achieve deep focus in compositions often dominated by vast expanses of cloud-filled skies above mountain ranges, bodies of water, or agricultural fields. He develops his own film then scans each negative on a drum scanner before adjusting contrast in the digital darkroom. In his solo exhibition This Moment, This Place, Berry explores the landscape, both near his home and on his travels, in a series of black and white photographs documenting the experience of a specific moment in a unique place.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Michael Berry earned a BFA in Studio Art from Millikin University in Decatur, IL and a BA in Photography from the Art Institute of Colorado in Denver, CO. His award-winning photographs have been exhibited regionally and nationally, including a recent solo show at The Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick, MD, and have been selected for juried group shows which include “Illumination: An Exhibit of Fine Art Photography” at Agora Gallery in New York, NY, “5 Photographers, 5 Visions” at the Frederick Arts Council, and “National Juried Photography Exhibit” at The Delaplaine. Berry, who is an Illinois native, worked for many years in New Jersey as a commercial photographer specializing in the field of advertising and won numerous awards from the Art Directors Club of New Jersey. He has also taught college courses in photography as an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey. Berry currently maintains his fine art photography practice in Ijamsville, MD, which is located in Frederick County. Learn more about the artist at: www.michaelberryphotography.com

The BlackRock Center for the Arts is located at 2901 Town Commons Dr, Germantown, MD.