Exhibit shows photo diversity


After taking several photos of female figures recently, photographer Bruce Wilder found he wasn't satisfied with the result.

Wilder, of Boonsboro, said he wanted to temper the black and white photos' contrast by adding a subtle reddish-brown tint.

He found the solution in strong spot of tea.

By soaking the developed photos in a pan of tea mixed with water he was able to alter the hue to his liking.

"It warms it up and it's nontoxic," he said.

Being able to experiment with different photo techniques is what makes the art compelling, said Wilder.

He is one of two photographers whose diverse work is showcased in "Festival, Figures and Falderal," on display at the Washington County Arts Council Gallery in Hagerstown.

The exhibit focuses on a variety of photography subjects and techniques. A reception held Sunday was attended by about 30 people.


Mark Youngblood, of Hagerstown, is also featured in the exhibit.

In many of his works, Youngblood uses a computer scanner and prints pictures of ballerinas on watercolor paper. This produces an image that looks more like a watercolor than a photograph.

He said he has been experimenting with the process for about six months.

"It's something different," said Youngblood.

"It's really interesting and amazing how far computers have come in art," said Natoma Reed Vargason, gallery director.

The technique provides a break for Youngblood from the traditional wedding images he reproduces at his photo studio, he said.

Youngblood also takes photos at the annual Blues Fest and OctoberFest events for the City of Hagerstown.

"It's my way of relaxing and lets my creative juices flow," he said.

Wilder's varied interests are displayed in his choice of subjects for the gallery's exhibit. In addition to female nudes, he shoots landscapes and scenes from Hagerstown festivals. No one subject or technique has captured his eye.

"I like it all," he said.

Photography has been Wilder's avocation for 25 years. He owns and operates "Turn the Page Bookstore Cafe" in Boonsboro.

His work has won awards from Antietam Photographic Society, Frederick Camera Clique and the Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon.

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