Opening Reception: Peggy Harrington – “Illuminations: Seascapes of Light and Shadow”

A public reception for an exhibition of photographs by Peggy Harrington, on display at the Willson Center Feb. 1-March 31.Artist’s statement:The photographs in this exhibit reflect my love of the ocean. I’mnever bored watching the surf and the sun as it reflects off the water. Each day is different, each season is different, changed by the angle of the sun on the earth. These photographs were shot for a few years after 9/11. As a native New Yorker, the attack felt like a personal affront. I was driven in the days and years that followed that tragic day to find and record beauty where I saw it.My experience with photography relates back to my mother bringing Look and Life magazines into our home. She told me that she paged though them with me beginning when I was a pre-schooler. Looking through these magazines, I learned composition from some of the greatest photographers of the 1950s. My first camera was a Brownie Hawkeye. Later when I had my children, I photographed them with slide film, which was the most economical way in the late 1960s. When the children were olderI took classes at the Southeastern Center for Photography when it was in Atlanta. When my husband and I moved back to New York, I took classes at the International Center for Photography when it was located in a mansion on Fifth Avenue. At the Southeastern Center and at the International Center of Photography, I was taught by talented photographers. It was at ICP that I learned street photography and when I went out with my camera, I felt like a hunter-gatherer. The experience with street photography, believe it or not, prepared me for the work that is in this exhibit.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 1:00am

Willson Center for Humanities and Arts @ 1260 S Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30602, USA

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