HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. Many may not realize it at first, but Frederick Charles photographs on display in the Municipal Building were all taken in the same exact location at various times over the course of a single year. The positioning of each photo was painstakingly recreated as to help illustrate the changes over the course of the year, hence the gallery title--The Seasons and Other Landscapes.
Charles works primarily in architectural photography, but said that working with natural landscapes is something that cannot be matched.
Subtlety is part of the sublime of nature, he said.
A 20-year Hastings resident and a former president of the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct, Charles said he truly appreciates the beauty of his surroundings. Thats why he chose the Dr. Davies Farm apple orchards on the back of the Palisades for his photography project, which was originally featured on the pages of Life magazine.
Its every kids dream to work for Life magazine if youre into photography, he said.
The gallery is open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week until Jan. 29 in the Municipal Building. The project features a collection of photos taken from 1995-1996 of the same Palisades landscape located mere miles from the village.
I think thats a very unique thing, he said. If youre having a sleepless night then you can come here.
Local artists work is often put on display in the Municipal Buildings hallways, which is why Charles was so pleasantly surprised by the turnout for his gallerys opening.
The shows had a great response, we had about 70 to 80 people come to the opening, Charles said. Thats nearly one percent of Hastings.
Even though the images are nearly 15 years old, Charles believes the quality of the photos are unmatched because of the way they were captured.
Film is very unforgiving, he said. Its not easy to make things look great on film. Thats why there are movie stars. Theyre so incredibly beautiful that cameras wont wreck their features. Making landscapes, making things look great on film is a challenge.
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