Rich Bergeman, More Than Meets the Eye
January 8 to February 21, 2021
Lincoln City Cultural Center
540 NE Hwy 101
Lincoln City, Oregon
Open Thursday through Sunday 10am to 4pm
Corvallis photographer Rich Bergeman will be exhibiting 30 black-and-white infrared seascapes at the LCCC Chessman Gallery through Feb. 21 in Lincoln City.
The images were made over the past four years at more than a dozen locations along the Northwest Coast, from Long Beach, Wash., to Pistol River, Ore. Many were made during the extreme low tides of the spring and early summer, when the exposed beaches, headlands and rocky shelves reveal plants and sea life that normally lie hidden beneath the waves. Although these landscapes are teeming with life, from mussels and barnacles to seaweeds and sea grasses, they are relatively colorless, dominated by dull browns and dark greens. Using infrared digital cameras, Bergeman reverses the tones, transforming the landscapes into hauntingly beautiful, often other-worldly, scenes.
A retired instructor from Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Bergeman has been exhibiting his photography throughout the Northwest since the late 1980s. Originally a large-format black-and-white photographer and platinum printer, he has been working exclusively with infrared for the past five years. One of his recent IR photographs of Mt. McLoughlin, part of his Rogue River Wars project, was accepted into the permanent collection at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem earlier this month.