Wild Space of the Northwest opens Sept. 27 at Edmonds Community College’s art gallery

Leslie-Gulch-Edmonds Community College’s art gallery features work by its own photography instructor Michael Wewer this fall.

His exhibit, “Wild Spaces of the Northwest,” opens Sept. 27 and shows through Dec. 13 in the college art gallery, third floor Lynnwood Hall.

The exhibit features black and white photographic images that radiates beyond Wewer’s home in Seattle. The landscape images are from locations in California, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, and Canada.

Wewer’s work represents pristine areas while providing a person a sense of place. The images instill gratitude for the remaining number of vast places to escape.

Wewer reminisced about a hiking trip to Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park during his college years. “As we passed over a hillside, there were a score of deer,” Wewer recalled. “It was one of those moments where there was a slight dusting of snow and you really didn’t want to disturb the scene. This is the meaning behind a sense of place. It encompasses what you see, smell, and hear.”

Wewer said that producing the images using film — versus digital images — increases the amount of concentration in terms of the scene, composition, and exposure.

“There is more gratification in creating the end product using the darkroom process,” Wewer said. “You are able to watch the image develop before your eyes.”

Wewer has taught photography at Edmonds Community College for more than 10 years. He is a former Edmonds CC student and earned his Bachelor of Arts at Western Washington University.

A reception with the artist will be 4-6 p.m., Fri., Oct. 18 in the college art gallery.

The gallery is open 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, and 1-5 p.m., weekends.

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