Timeless Moments; The Art of Photography
Monday, July 1st-Sunday, September 29th
Photography by John A. Benigno is the next exhibit , opening July 1, to be displayed at the Art Gallery at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Radnor. Through his images, both black and white and color, John turns the ordinary into the extraordinary.
John’s interest in photography began in the mid-1950’s when his father brought home one of the first Polaroid Land cameras. John was ill and his father thought the camera would cheer him up. He was right. John still has that camera and has added many others to make photographs ever since. Much of John’s work focuses on the landscapes of Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County, New Jersey lighthouses, New Mexico, (especially the adobe churches), and Arizona . John also uses his studio where he has created a series called “White Flowers”.
Over the years, John’s work has been widely exhibited in universities and galleries in the Philadelphia area, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Texas. John’s Adobe Church Project was awarded a grant from the Luminous Endowment for Photographers, and it was recently the subject of a solo exhibit in the Lawrence Hall Gallery at Rosemont College. Additionally, his piece entitled “Chappy Cabanas and Edgartown Light” was on loan to the American Embassy in Kuwait, as part of the State Department’s Art in Embassies program.
John describes the role of photographic realism in his art. “My real interest is to capture timeless moments in the landscape, and, if the land has been influenced by man, to stimulate curiosity about how, when and why. To quote Eudora Welty, ‘Place is my source of knowledge. It tells me important things. . . ‘ “
John Benigno’s exhibit will remain at the St. David’s Church Art Gallery from July 1 through September 29. A reception with the artist will take place on Friday, September 6 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm.