October 28, 2005
An exhibit of photographs, featuring a selection of landscapes of northern sea and coastline by local artist Steven Young, will be on display from November 7 through December 2, in the Blake Library Gallery at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
The exhibit entitled "Ever Been to Sea, Billy?," features a collection of Young's photographs which highlights ocean and shoreline landscape photographs taken while he was doing wildlife field work from 1978-1983.
Included are photographs taken while conducting seabird and whale surveys in the north Atlantic off Newfoundland (to the Flemish Cap). Other photos shown are of eider duck breeding surveys in coastal Labrador, and fisheries surveys on Japanese long line fishing vessels in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.
The photographs in the show are archival digital enlargements from scans of original slides using pigment-based inks and cotton papers made at One World Artisans.
Young has been making "conventional" enlargements from black & white photographs since 1977, enlargements from color slides since 1981, and enlargements from color negatives in his darkroom since 1987.
He has previously has been involved in ten solo exhibits throughout Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. This is his first exhibit of digital enlargements.
"Digital reproduction of slides produces quality and tonality unmatched by conventional direct to positive printing, and well as much improved longevity (more archival) vs. conventional color prints," according to Young.
He is currently pursuing a bachelor of science degree in the Electronic Commerce at UMFK and recently helped his wife Jan to start One World Artisans (OWA), a new business located on Skyway Avenue in Frenchville. OWA offers stained-glass art and supplies, photography services (including archival digital enlargements), photography art, and unique international fair trade arts and crafts.
Young has operated a part-time photography business since 1987 and currently resides in Frenchville, Maine.
An exhibit opening will be on Saturday, November 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Blake Library Gallery. The library will not be open at this time, however, visitors to the exhibit will have access to the gallery.
For more information on the exhibit or library hours, contact Sofia Birden, gallery curator at 834-7527.