“My quest for another year of photography expeditions brought me to many interesting places in 2018,” Duluth-based photographer Mary Buck said.

“The highlight of the year was the trip to Venice, Italy in October. I spent an entire ten days in this fascinating city where I immersed myself in the culture, found an abundance of photo ops and a surprise around every corner,” Buck said.

Images from this trip can be enjoyed at a special exhibition from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 10 and from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 11 at Lightscapes Photographic Artwork. Lightscape’s address is 3883 Rogers Bridge Road, Suite 201B, in Duluth.


Buck has also traveled this year to such photogenic locales as San Diego, Washington, D.C., Texas, Florida’s panhandle, Montana and New York City.

“But the highlight of the year was the trip to Venice,” she said.

Buck does not use a shot list on her photography expeditions.

“When I travel, I like surprises,” she said. “I like to get off the beaten track and find local people to photograph. Making a connection with a person is as important as photographing them and enhances the story behind the picture.”

The Venice trip was a workshop led by photographer Peter Turnley, who has mentored Buck on the power of documentary photography as a tool for storytelling on two previous adventures. The “story behind the picture” is of special importance to Buck and has led her to many unique encounters.

“My favorite day in Venice was the day I got lost,” Buck said. “I crossed the Accademia Bridge into the Dorsoduro neighborhood and meandered through the many walkable streets, out of the tourist area, approaching a dead end with a choice to turn right or left. I chose left and stumbled into a specialty shop, ‘Le forcole,’ which hand-crafts oars. The oar-maker made a gesture for me to enter. It was apparent that he did not speak English, so I pointed to the camera as a gesture to ask if it was okay to photograph him. He nodded his head yes, so I spent several minutes photographing a tall, blond, handsome, Venetian man as he proudly stained the oars. I soon learned that there are only three remeri (oar-makers) in Venice, and that I witnessed a craft that is unique to the world.”

Buck hopes that visitors to her latest exhibition will walk away realizing how powerful photography is as a visual art form. “I want to evoke a mood so that viewers can feel how unique and beautiful Venice is,” she said.

The January exhibition will include 35 images in the forms of giclee prints, canvas wraps and large framed prints. All artwork is for sale and special orders can be made for custom art.

For more information, visit www.lightscapesphoto.com. Be sure to select the “Fine Art” pulldown as well as the many others.

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. Email her at hcalmes@mindspring.com.

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