The city of Enumclaw and 4Culture of King County will present the digital images of Enumclaw photographer Wendy Bitney.
Her work will be on display Jan. 5-31 in Gallery 2017 at Enumclaw City Hall. Her showing is entitled, “Take a Second Look.”
“I love to explore our natural world with my camera,” Bitney said in a formal artist’s statement. “With digital photography we no longer have the hindrances of wet chemistry; a photographer can frame and re-frame a subject in real time encouraging creativity.
“I always carry my camera with me abroad and at home. While the sights of distant lands can be amazing I have found that here in my own community I am never disappointed by the natural beauty that the Pacific Northwest has to offer, especially right here on the Plateau.
“I primarily shoot and capture the grand mountains, forests, wildlife and the skies of the Enumclaw Plateau. All too often, because the community is so exposed to icons like Mount Rainier on an almost daily basis, there is a risk of becoming numb to the grandeur, jaded to their beauty. My work attempts to shock them back into really ‘seeing’ these truly amazing natural sights.
“I want to create images that the viewer will want to take a second look at, to recognize and say, ‘Yes, I have seen that and felt that wonder too.’ I wish to instill a sense of need to preserve our Plateau. Sometimes snaring a fleeting image is like capturing a bit of magic.”
Gallery 2017 is in the council chambers at Enumclaw City Hall, 1339 Griffin Ave. Hours for the exhibition space are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.