Los Altos Hills photography exhibition set to open March 20

Courtesy of Jim Colton
Photographer Jim Colton has traveled to distant lands such as Cuba, above, for his sources of inspiration. Colton’s “Distant Lands” exhibition is scheduled for display March 20 through Sept. 30 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall. An artist’s reception is set for March 29 at town hall.

Jim Colton’s photography exhibition “Distant Lands” is scheduled for display March 20 through Sept. 30 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

An artist’s reception is slated 2-5 p.m. March 29 at town hall. The reception – free and open to all – will feature live music, wine and refreshments.

Colton will conduct an art walk-and-talk tour of “Distant Lands” 10 a.m. to noon April 17 at town hall, also free and open to all.

Colton took up photography at the age of 13 in his home state of Minnesota when he inherited an old film camera with a leaky bellows. He taped up the bellows and set up a darkroom in the only bathroom in his family’s home of seven people. He’s been a photographer ever since.

After a 45-year scientific career at SRI International, Colton became a serious travel photographer. He developed his digital photography skills by joining the Palo Alto Camera Club, where he said he was exposed to high-quality photography and a strong support group. He is still active in the club.

Colton often finds himself asking the question of how people in other cultures live and adapt to their environment. His curiosity motivated him and his wife to visit places that are less visited by others. They have sampled the daily lives of people in distant lands such as Patagonia, Peru, China, Southeast Asia, South Africa and Morocco. In Alaska, they visited an Inuit village inside the Arctic Circle and took bush planes to wilderness areas.

Through collected pieces in the exhibition, Colton aims to capture and convey to the viewer the essence of these distant lands and cultures. Often this means he will focus on a person in their normal environment, or a scene that typifies the land he is visiting.

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