Noted aerial photographer to present exhibit, 'Pennsylvania From Above'

Dyer Quarry
The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University is hosting the unique exhibit, “Pennsylvania From Above,” by noted aerial photographer Peter Stern, who has had his work displayed at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, from April 6 through June 2. The gallery will also hold an opening reception with light refreshments for the public on Saturday, April 6 from 5-8 p.m.

Stern’s photographs range from images of the familiar, like farms, towns, and bodies of water, to places that are often hidden from the view of most people, such as quarries and coal mining areas. He chooses to focus upon the areas where the earth has been altered because “the elements of the earth, the coal, the shale, granite and clay have been removed from their secrecy within the earth and laid forth in aesthetic patterns to be seen from the air. These artistic elements then become palettes of color and texture to explore and construct into subject matter compositions,” said Stern, who will display about 40 photographs in his exhibit at Misericordia.

The artist will also hold two public power point lectures on Thursday, April 11 at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. in Huntzinger Room 218 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall on the upper campus.

Stern began flying ultra-light air planes in 2003 and was captivated by what he saw from the air. “I simply had to begin photographing as a means of expressing my artistic creativity,’’ he recalls today. “Flying gives me a very unique view on the earth, and has allowed me to create my own niche within the field of photography.”

Stern flies alone, unlike many aerial photographers due to the altitudes and landscapes that he flies over. “I wouldn’t want to risk another life in order to get a photograph. Many of the photographs in this exhibit were taken flying low in high winds over very hostile terrain,” Stern says, describing the lengths he goes through to capture his images.

Stern’s home airport is in Stewartstown, Pa., near York, Pa. Stern began photographing the coal region because of its visual landscape. “It’s a harsh and rugged and disfigured landscape, but holds so much beauty and complexity as well,” said Stern.

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