“Exploring the World in Black and White” an exhibit by Joel Blum and Alina Marin-Bliach, opens May 14 and runs through June 12, at Gallery 14 in Hopewell, N.J.
The two New Jersey artists each take their own approach to exploring the world of monochrome images, the oldest form of photography.
While color images have their own realm of interest and beauty, black and white images allow the photographer to emphasize texture and details that may not be readily seen in color. Using the natural textures and contrast the photographer is able to create special feelings about the scene and the world captured in the image.
Gallery member Blum, of East Windsor, looks back to the work of the early photographers who, sometimes using the most basic of equipment, influenced the future artists with monochrome images that reached a level of perfection not matched today.
Guest artist Marin-Bliach, of Princeton Junction, will display her photographs “Along the Path” in the Goodkind Gallery at Gallery 14. In a span of over 15 years, she has traveled the majority of the 44-mile-long Delaware Raritan Canal and 22-mile feeder.
The gallery is open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment. It will be closed for Memorial Day weekend.
For information visit gallery14.org.