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"The Digital Age" exhibit to be held at the UMFK Blake Library Gallery

July 23, 2010




The University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Library Galley will host a photo exhibit entitled,” The Digital Age,” by local photographer John E. Metz. The exhibit will be on display through Tuesday, July 27 through Friday, August 20.  

The exhibit can be viewed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. A meet and greet opening reception will be held on Friday, July 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. The exhibition is open and free to the public.
Metz has enjoyed learning over the years how to capture images using many types of film, and with open arms, he has accepted the digital age of photography.
“The digital age has enabled anyone to become a photographer. A photographer, to me, is a person who captures images with a camera while using some sort of media. My show is simply a collection of my pictures that I would like to share with you. I hope you will enjoy the moments I have captured using only digital media. I do not retouch my images. They are, as taken. Since we are all aspiring photographers, let’s talk pictures,” notes Metz.
Metz considers himself an avid photographer who enjoys capturing the moments that unfold before his eyes.  
“Everywhere I look, I see thousands of images that I would like to freeze on a frame. I have had the pleasure of teaching several semesters of digital photography as well as digital imaging to aspiring photographers. One thought that always comes from each class session is that one always learns from each picture taken,” notes Metz.
Metz has been taking pictures since he was in third grade in Livermore, California. His first camera was a garage sale purchase: a Kodak “Instamatic” using 126 film. Metz’s first subject was a squirrel playing on a tree at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
“From the first roll of film I had developed, I have been hooked on “capturing the moments.” My high school experience enlightened me in graphic arts and photography. I studied under a professional graphic artist and photographer. After taking each class from him, I became his teaching assistant and actually taught the classes under his guidance. I enjoyed every moment in the darkroom and graphic arts studio to create pictures and graphic artwork that would be included in our yearbooks. I became the lead yearbook photographer in 10th grade. I also took class and senior portraits for many people. My next step was to be taken under the wing of a professional studio photographer. The intimate knowledge of portrait work, weddings, receptions, and hand retouching were invaluable to me,” adds Metz.
Since Metz work in the studio during the late 1970s, he has continued to develop his photography skills in a variety of settings. Over the years, he has captured images for journals, newspapers, contests, professional studios, school districts, universities, and the U.S. Air Force.
“My ultimate photography moment occurred while I was laying flat on my belly in the tail a KC-135 tanker flying at 30,000 feet, carrying 200,000 gallons of jet fuel, and taking pictures of a B-52 bomber being aerial refueled. I was so close that I could see the pilots’ in the B-52 cockpit smiling at me as I took their picture,” said Metz.
Metz currently works as an instructor for the M.S.A.D. #27 Adult and Community Education and as a UMFK adjunct faculty member. He resides in Fort Kent with his wife, Doris.
Please stop by show your support for arts in the Valley. For more information, contact Sofia Birden, gallery curator, at 207-834-5727.