Old Forge Library hosts photography exhibit, discussion

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OLD FORGE — Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., will host a discussion and PowerPoint presentation by photographer Charles Kreitler that relates to his exhibit, “Unplugged: Adirondack Style,” which is on display at the library through Sept. 25, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8. 

Kreitler will talk about the techniques he used and his inspiration for the 25 photographs in the exhibit. The photos include old camps, hotels, fire towers and churches that all had a first construction in the early 1900s or older, some of the handmade furnishings, hardware and art work found in these camps, and a few lake scenes taken from the old hotels.

These photos were taken from 2017-19 with a DSLR camera and a variety of lenses. Most interior images were shot with a fish-eye lens. The fish-eye lens gives an Alice-in-Wonderland, dream-like look as well as capturing as much of a room on an interior shot and expands the room both horizontally and vertically. Normal ceilings can grow to appear much more vault-like. No flash was used. The image is then manipulated in Photoshop for cropping, enhancing sharpness, colors, etc. to create a final photograph. They have been printed on aluminum. Aluminum often provides a crisper, more color-saturated picture than if printed on traditional paper stock.   

Kreitler was honored that owners let him photograph the interiors of their camps.  “They are beautiful, but I respect that they are very special places,” Kreitler said. “Therefore, no locations nor owner’s names are given for any of the private camps to protect their privacy.”

Linda Weal, library director said, “I think one of the most fun parts of the exhibit is imagining living in these incredible houses, and guessing who does!”

The lecture is free and open to the public. Masks will be required inside the library for the safety of all. 

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