On view at the Art League of Fort Myers is a photography show titled Through the Lens. The show opened during Art Walk last Friday night and was judged by Lynn Berreitter.
Berreitter is a documentary photographer. She believes that through the lens of her camera, eternity exists. That’s because through the camera, the photographer has the ability to freeze time, to preserve moments indefinitely, to create history. Photography has, in a sense, created time travel. Berreitter’s goal is to create something for future generations to view, reflect upon, ponder and learn from.
Of course, photography also has the ability to create false truths. While it may be true that every picture tells a story, the story told can sometimes be false or highly skewed. Berreitter feels it is her duty to document what she sees, what is real. And these principles guide her when judging a photography show like Through the Lens.
From the 42 images submitted by 15 different photographers, Berreitter selected Barbara Desrosiers’ Surreal estate as Best of Show, citing the photograph’s presentation and symmetry as deciding factors. “The symmetry leads you into the center of the image,” Lynn comments. “Very pleasing to the eye.”
Allen Tiller was awarded second place for Knobbly Star, which has a “good, sharp focal point.” And Moraine Lake Sunrise garnered Laurie Lavrack third place. “Great presentation. Beautiful print job. Nice doors and nice S-shape design that leads your eye through the photo,” said Berreitter of this image.
Merit Awards were issued to Beth Ivens for The Twins, Sandy Kenyon for Cayo Egret, and Peggy Starks for Diamond in the Sun.
Three Honorable Mention Awards were also given. The recipients were Kevin Lavrack for Stretch, Stephanie L. Sexton-Campbell for Tulip, and John Swank for Indigo Buntings.
“This was a great selection of photographs with a wide range of subject matter,” said Berreitter of the show in general. “The photographs were presented quite well with nice prints, mats and frames.”
It has been almost 45 years since Berreitter first picked up a camera, and she’s as in awe of the process today as she was then. Hardly a day passes by that she hasn’t looked through a lens. Visit the Art League of Fort Myers in April to see Through the Lens for yourself.
The Art League is located at 1451 Monroe Street. For more information, please call 239-275-3970 or visit www.artleagueoffortmyers.org.