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Neighborhood Arts

This month the Neighborhood Gazette spotlights photographer Woody Hirsh. His work will be featured through the month of April at the Gallery of Everything, co-located with Red Herring Art Supply at 6719 W. Colfax Ave., just west of Casa Bonita. You can meet him at the gallery, Saturday, April 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.

It happened a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. I shot my first roll of Tri-X and I was hooked on photography. Learning with black and white film, and working in professional lab gave me a solid foundation. I came to understand how the camera records light and how the printer records color.

Today, I re-combine elements such as color, highlights and shadows that come from different parts of an image. I use the principles of light refraction to lead the viewer’s eyes to a specific place in an image. If you remember playing with a prism on a sunny day, then you understand the process. I take a one- to two-inch source of color light and then by changing the position of a piece of rippled glass, or Fresnel (multi-faceted) lens, create new colors, shapes and patterns.

It has been said that I take the mundane and make it look exotic. Look hard at my mandalas and you can see remnants of the original image. The mandala’s “pielegs” start with an image borrowed from a photograph. Usually these snapshots are uninteresting in and of themselves. I look for details that are dismissed as unimportant and from them a new image blooms. I invite custom work.

The Gallery of Everything is home to 48 artists and is co-located with Red Herring Art Supply, 6719 W. Colfax Ave., open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 720-883-8132 for more information.