The White Salmon Valley Community Library will host a September exhibit by local photographer D. C. Jesse Burkhardt.
Burkhardt, who lives in Snowden, served as editor of the White Salmon Enterprise from 1994-2011. In recent years, he has focused on creating canvas prints from an eclectic collection of photographs taken during his travels around the Columbia River Gorge and elsewhere across the nation.
“I’ve found that employing the canvas medium in my photography provides a softening and diffusion of the respective images that can sometimes make a photograph appear almost like a painting,” Burkhardt said.
Burkhardt grew up in Michigan, with a railroad track not far from his home. As a result, he was always intrigued by the sound of passing trains, which sparked a sense of mystery and adventure as he wondered where those trains were going. Many of his photos share the beauty he finds in the tracks and trains, with their lines and angles; the light as it shines on the metal surfaces; the rainbow of colors; and the sense of motion.
Other photos capture a variety of themes, including, for example, the wondrous face of a tortoise; the action of a volleyball tournament; the contrast of a kayaker against the backdrop of a massive chunk of glacial ice; a musician frozen in a concert spotlight; a bear rushing through a stream.
The photography exhibit will be on display from Sept. 3 through Sept. 25. There will be an opening reception at the library on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 5 to 6:30 p.m