Photographer brings "Visionetics" to gallery exhibit

Posted: October 31, 2012

Mysterious and sometimes exotic photographs created through re-exposing film with different images will be the focus of a one-man show by veteran photographer Lee Bergthold in the Antelope Valley College Art Gallery now through Nov. 21.

In “Visionetics: The Mystique of 35 mm Film,” Bergthold presents works created by a manual 35 mm Nikon camera and film. Bergthold, a photography professor, takes various scenes of his students during classroom photo demonstrations and then re-exposes the negatives with distant locations using the same camera and rolls of film.

He duplicates and triplicates the imagery into a hodgepodge mixture of photographs, echoing the luminescent colors and surreal environment of digitally manipulated images. And he does it all without use of computer retouching.

Unlike digital methods, Bergthold never sees the actual results until the film is processed. By relinquishing control, Bergthold’s process engenders experimental compositions and dreamlike narratives.

Bergthold will discuss his work during a gallery reception for the artist 7 p.m. Nov. 7.

The free exhibit is open to the public 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information call (661) 722-6300, ext. 6215.