“Walking About Webster” photo exhibit
For the month of September, Booklovers’ Gourmet of Webster will host a photo exhibit by William “Bil” Gardiner entitled “Walking About Webster”. Bil walked about the town of Webster during the spring and summer of this year, photographing around town looking for the parts that create the whole of the town.
There will be a meet the artist reception on Saturday, September 9th, from 2-4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.
In addition to viewing the show, a contest will be held to try to guess the location of each of the photographs in the exhibit, which were all taken somewhere in Webster. The person that accurately guesses the most locations will win one of the featured 12×12 inch photographs of their choice.
Viewing hours of the show are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5.p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday.
Artist’s bio: William “Bil” Gardiner is a portrait photographer and photographic artist from Worcester. Bil has been a photographer for most of his life, getting his first camera from a bubblegum-type vending machine when he was around 8 years old.
From April 2012-13, he embarked on a year-long personal assignment “A Picture a Day,” carrying his camera with him wherever he went, producing one image every day for a year. Through this body of work, a fellow artist noted that his work in this area resembled the Tibetan concept of Miksang, or “Contemplative Eye.” In this way, his work captures only segments of objects, rather than the whole, inviting the viewer to deeper contemplation.
As a result, the photographer needs to slow down and take their time while “contemplating” how to create their image, and the viewer has to take their time while trying to identify what it is they are looking at.