Photographers focus on upcoming Fine Art in the Park event

Courtesy of Susanne Karlak
Photographer Susanne Karlak plans to exhibit photos like her “Painterly Cherry Blossoms” at the Fine Art in the Park show May 14 and 15.

More than 170 juried artists are scheduled to participate in the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ annual Fine Art in the Park event 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 14 and 15 in Lincoln Park.

The 41st year of the open-air art show will feature the works of 18 photographers. Following are brief introductions to a few.

• Steve Toll ( of Los Altos is a landscape and nature photographer.

“Photography allows me to share what I’ve experienced with others, to revisit and re-experience the wonder of these places and moments time and again,” he said.

• Photographer Chris Keating ( of Calgary, Alberta, is slated to participate in the show for the first time. The founder of Towne Fine Portraits, he is an artist who aims to create a vision for families. He has a passion for what he creates and, like a painter, he completes the vision from concept to finished piece.

• Fine-arts photographer Georg- anna Dean ( of Grover Beach offers landscapes that give viewers the feeling of virtually standing inside the image, and her botanical series captures the essence of her subjects. She photographs the heart of the plants, bringing out the variations in tone, color and striation.

• According to wildlife and landscape photographer Larry Calof ( of Atherton, he tries to capture some emotion from his subjects, including a snow leopard.

“To do this, I focus on the eyes,” he said. “It means my subject is facing me, and if the eyes are in focus, then the face of the animal is also sharp. I also will catch the animal’s expression as I am shooting.”

• Roger Spinti ( of Sunnyvale, new to the show this year, said he tries to capture the world in a way that others might miss. He hopes people viewing his photos will take them in fully, being mindful of the significance of that moment and more present in future moments. His photograph “Boy in Orange” – showing a young boy in the Philippines having his arm sutured – was accepted for display at the Triton Museum of Art’s 2016 Salon at the Triton in Santa Clara, which runs through May 29.

• Susanne Karlak ( of Saratoga is sought after by camera and art clubs to share her philosophy and unique style of creating painterly images through photography. She often uses reflections in her art to accomplish the painterly look. Karlak’s “Painterly Cherry Blossoms” shows a subject photographed with an open lens, creating a soft wash of color behind the open blossoms in focus.

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