Friends of the Library
August 24, 2018 2:00 pm.
Friends of the Library Presents
“Where have all the Flowers Gone?”
Photographs by Stephan R. Leimberg, August 15 – December 30, 2018
Friends of the Library is pleased to announce a new exhibit of painting-like photographs by Amelia Island resident Steve Leimberg entitled “Where have all the Flowers Gone?” in the Community Room of the Fernandina Beach Library at 25 N. 4th Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. These photographs are an attempt at seeing the unseen and lie at the intersection of photography and painting.
His work is an affair of the soul, an expression of his passion for the beauty, mystery, vibrancy, and interconnectivity of the world and its life.
The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception on Saturday, September 15th, 2018 at the Library from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The photographs are on display until the end of December in the Community Room of the Fernandina Beach Library. Viewing hours are limited to Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or upon request.
Stephan R. Leimberg
About the Art:
Steve’s painting-like photographs are an attempt at seeing the unseen and lie at the intersection of photography and painting. All the “paintings” you will see (“photo” means light and “graphy” means to paint) are, in fact, “painting with light.” Yes. They are all photographs. But not just photographs. They are portraits. He is a portraitist – of people – and birds – flora and fauna – and objects – both natural and made by others. What you will be looking at – and hopefully more than seeing – is his obsession to capture, make, and share beauty and wonderment – what he feels – rather than merely sees! His work is an affair of the soul, an expression of his passion for the beauty, mystery, vibrancy, and interconnectivity of the world and its life.
Steve starts with a camera (Canons, Sonys, Fujis, Leicas and Hasselblads) but then – what he does varies from image to image. In most cases the process involves not only Photoshop but a half dozen other programs – and proprietary techniques. Steve uses a very expensive and unique paper and printing process coupled with a proprietary post-capture process that directs a printer to shoot and spray colors in brush-stroke like patterns. He ends with a very special paper, printing process and a 12 ink printing press – and oh yes – the wonderful Jill Wilkerson (JW Gallery – 1874 S. 14th St) who frames all of his work/
Please go slowly – and look at form, texture, color, line – and with each image ask yourself:
How does this make me FEEL?
Am I somehow enriched by this?
What can I discover if I linger longer within this image?
Would I like to wake up each day and see it on my wall?
Steve prints no more than 10 copies of any image per size. Now that you’ve experienced the way his work (and yes, it is work – there are images that took days and even weeks to perfect or that are re-envisioned and made anew after many years!), feel free to make an appointment to visit his gallery/studio.
Feel the wonder and beauty! And please ask questions!
About the Artist:
Stephan R. Leimberg is a professional fine art wildlife, still life, and portrait photographer. He was awarded the 2008 International Nikon – Popular Photography Mentor Series Grand Prize and was First Place winner in the Photography Section of the 2014 Amelia Island Shrimp Festival. He has exhibited at numerous galleries including the historic Ritz Theatre and Museum in Jacksonville, the Amelia Island Art Association, and Omni Plantation Guild and Gallery. Steve is a photography staff member of The Amelia Islander, The First Coast Magazine, and South Island Living magazines.
Steve’s portrait of author Pat Conroy (Price of Tides, The Great Santini) is the inner back fly-cover for Conroy’s book, My Life In Reading and he has done portraits of authors Rick Bragg, David Morrell, Paula McLain, Tatjana Soli, and Jamie Ford.
Known as The “BirdMan of Amelia” Steve is acclaimed for his stunning painting-like prints of birds and other Amelia Island wildlife and landscapes and was featured in an extensive article in the Amelia Island News-Leader and also in the Amelia Islander Magazine. His photographs, which can be found in Meet Me In Amelia, a book sponsored by the Amelia Island Museum of History, provide a photographic artist’s view of that stunning island. His latest book with Dawna and Scott Moore is called A Day on Amelia and is a beautiful capsulized view of the creatures, people, flora and fauna of Amelia Island dawn to dusk.
Steve’s breathtaking fine art work illustrates scenes of people, creatures, flowers, and architecture from around the world.
His work can be viewed at unseenimages.com or by appointment at his studio (Call 904 491 0474 or 610 888 2650).
For further information regarding this event, on joining Friends of the Library, or to donate, please visit the FOL website at www.fernandinaFOL.org.
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