Roberta London’s SOLO Exhibit at Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

Roberta London has moved from an emerging artist to having a SOLO exhibit at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens Pavilion Building.  The show is up until May 1st, so The Rickie Report suggests you take the time to see it now!

Roberta London

SOLO Exhibit

Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

2410 S.E. Westmorland Boulevard

Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

Wednesdays through Sundays

10 am – 4 pm

 

Exhibit Continues Through May 1st

Roberta London’s SOLO exhibit includes 18 floral photographs printed on canvas.  Why would a Botanical Garden show photographs of flowers and plants?  Because when you see London’s art work, you feel as though you can reach out and touch a real, living piece of nature!

 

Lily By Moonlight

Lily By Moonlight

 

Getting started in photography…and the journey

Roberta tells The Rickie Report, “Practical matters led me to photography.  I was active in my community in a movement to improve the schools, and used still photography and 16mm film (hmmm, that really was quite a long time ago!) to document and advocate for exemplary programs, teachers, classroom approaches.”

 

She goes on to explain her surprise, “Responses to those early works were eye-openers for me. People were so moved by the images and the messages.  I was hooked!  Over the next 15 years I produced films, video and television  programs, all the while concentrating on ways to compose scenes, and mix sound and picture to tell stories that would pack an emotional punch.”

 

She moved moved from New York to Florida in 2006  and ” was dazzled by the landscape and the light, and the flowers that grew everywhere.  It was time to pick up the camera again, this time to focus not on issues but instead on the beauty in my new environment.”

Magnolia Pod

Magnolia Pod

 

Planning out the work…or not…when the creative juices flow…what I hope my work will give to others

London explains, “Most often I work out in the field.  Generally I set off with a particular destination in mind, although I can get pulled in another direction if, on the way, some irresistible scene or tree or flower presents itself.  Then the agenda is scrapped and I tackle the unknown & the unexpected: wind, ever-changing light, backgrounds that look good from the road but not so great up close, insects moving around in the middle of my close-up shot.   And then there are those magical times when it all comes together – light, color, background, luscious blooms, and I look through the lens and my reaction is visceral. Those are the moments when I think ‘something’s happening here,’ and I want that to happen for people when they see my work.”

 

Roberta London on a Photo Shoot

Roberta London on a Photo Shoot

Education/training

Roberta is not formally trained in photography and has learned primarily by “doing” and by studying the works (and words of wisdom) of photographers whose art she admires: Clyde Butcher, Joseph Holmes, Brooks Jensen, Michael Reichmann, Jonathan Silverman, to name just a few.  She says, “The learning process never ends.  And it never should.”

“The guiding principle as I work is my belief that a photograph — a fine art photograph — should set a mood, impart a sense of place, and above all stir one’s emotions.  My approach is not to document the perfect orchid or tulip or lily.  Instead it is to create an image that is rich with atmosphere and emotion.”

 

WaterLily

WaterLily

 

 

The Rickie Report hopes you will go to see Roberta London’s SOLO Exhibition at The Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens Pavillion Building, 2410 S.E. Westmorland Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952. The Gardens hours are Wednesday through Sunday 10AM-4PM.  For more information about the Botanical Gardens call: 772-337-1959 or info@pslbotanicalgardens.org

For more information about Roberta and her work please visit: www.robertalondonphotography.com    phone: 772-287-9690    or rlrphoto@yahoo.com

 

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