Local exhibition redefines the beauty in movement and reflection
The peaceful motion captured in Paul Wingler’s images shows viewers the beauty in movement and nature. Using traditional techniques with modern means of editing, Wingler adds depth and meaning to the stories in his work.
Wingler grew up with an interest in all things artistic, particularly music and photography. As a child, his photography was focused mostly on finding the right light and moment. His competitions with the 4-H program taught him the importance of capturing a story with an image and finding the right title.
Today, he uses movement and colors in his images to portray complex stories. “The colors and motions in each image will evoke an array of emotions and allow viewers’ minds to see even beyond what is presented, allowing them to create their own story or come to their own conclusions,” Wingler says.
He attributes his techniques and focus to his time abroad. After teaching in Chile, Wingler was asked to teach in Honduras on-and-off over the course of twelve years. The culture, music, and environment broadened his world view and expanded his photography’s subjects. “I was drawn to look beyond the obvious,” Wingler says. “I began to appreciate more and more of the shapes and forms, the color temperature and how it affected what I was seeing.”
The inspiration behind his newest exhibition, “Reflections and Motions of Photography”, is founded in his desire to look past what meets the eye. Wingler converges methods of capturing an image to both challenges the narratives we expect from portraiture and expand on the stories presented to us.
To construct these images, he utilized the techniques of both painting and photography. Combining and blending colors to add texture to a painting is common for any artist, and Wingler applied this practice to photography. He altered the aperture and shutter speed to produce images that would mirror the brushstrokes in a painting. “I realized, when painting, I would use broad strokes or short strokes and when blending I would ‘pull’ the brush to give depth and blend the colors,” Wingler says. “These elements of creating the image in a camera could actually give the feel of painted layers and depth.”
The results are images that both relax and entice the viewer. Subtle blurs and soft mixtures of warm and cool colors create a serene portrait of nature in Wingler’s A Touch of Autumn. This piece and others like it can be found at his show with Venvi Art Gallery starting June 2nd. Doors will open at 6pm, and there will be cheese and wine served. The exhibition will be on display from June 2nd – July 21st. Also, Wingler will be giving lecture on Photography techniques on July 8th, 2-3PM at the Gallery.
Reflections and Motions of Photography by artist PAUL WINGLER ( first Friday art opening, free for public)
June 2nd, 6-9 PM is the first Friday art opening and the exhibition will be on display from June 2nd – July 21st.
July 8th, 2-3 PM: Photography lecture by Paul Wingler.
Venvi Art GAllery
2901 E. Park Ave
Tallahassee, FL 32301