Mark Stetler, Nature Without Glass

Woodstock Times -January 4 , 2007
Smart Art by Paul Smart

Stetler: auspicious opening

Mark Stetler of Olive, New York and Manhattan, started his career as a photographer about as close to the top as one can get. After moving to New York in 1994 to pursue his dream he landed a job working as an assistant to Richard Avedon, then the field's top talent in both its commercial and art markets.

Stetler had already been named a Mamiya Emerging Photographer when his images of September 11th's World Trade Center fireball, shot from the rooftop of his apartment, were bought by Corbis stock and published around the world.

He has since buoyed his successful New York-based commercial career, which has focused on fashion and portraiture, with color pinhole work that captures the mysteries of unpeopled landscapes.

Stetler's first exhibition of fine art photography, entitled "Nature Without Glass", opens at Galerie BMG on Tannery Brook, just off Tinker Street in the center of Woodstock, with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, January 6.

The work captures much that is familiar for those of us who live in these parts, albeit captured in extraordinary ways…the reservoir at dawn, enshrouded in mist; winter woods seemingly akin to MacBeth's fated Burnham Forest; a moody shoreline of rocks and unmoving water. In all, a stillness that's part hopeful, Zen-like, and part sad, broken retreat…in both senses of the word.

Sweet and timely stuff that may do more to capture the new sense of Diaspora that's changing the region, and our changed sense of natural beauty, in the years since our national disaster.

It's a hell of a great inaugural show by an important new artistic talent.