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Two photographers Rosalie Winard and Troy Hunter will be showing their work in a joint exhibit opening Friday, Oct. 21 at the Utah Arts Festival Gallery.
Winard spent two decades photographing David, an autistic boy. Along the way, when she exhibited photographs at the Autism Society of America in Washington, D.C., she met and became friends with Temple Grandin.
Grandin is an animal science professor at Colorado State University, author and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. As a person with high-functioning autism, Grandin has become a well-known advocate, named in the "Heroes" category in Time magazine's 2010 list of "100 most influential people in the world." Her life was the focus of a HBO 2010 film, starring Claire Danes.
Winard will be exhibiting intimate photographs of Grandin working with cattle and participating in studies on the autistic brain. The photojournalist has published nationally, and is the author of 2008's Wild Birds of the American Wetlands. She recently moved to Utah, after she "fell in love with the Great Salt Lake," and is currently working on a photographic archive of the birds of the Great Salt Lake for the Special Collections at the Marriott Library at the University of Utah.
The other photographer featured in the show, Troy Hunter, is by profession is a landscape designer. His artistic photography grew out of his neurological disorder, called "essential tremors," which causes his hands to shake.
For work-related photographs, Hunter steadies the camera with both hands. For his artistic endeavors, he uses the same camera, but with the automatic setting on. "I can usually only get tremor photos after the sun goes down," he says.
Until December 2006, he would erase the tremor photos from his Sony digital camera. A friend saw him delete a photo he had taken of a client's Christmas lights. "I said it was just garbage and he made me retrieve it. He said 'You may call that garbage but it is art.'"
His photographs are a striking blend of colors and shapes, most taken at night. All he needs for the pictures is a light source, while his subjects may include neon signs, Christmas lights, fireworks and the moon and stars.
Local architect Ray Kingston suggested Hunter should exhibit his artistic photographs after seeing what appeared to be mathematical equations in them. His first exhibition was at Art Access in 2009, and he went on to show at the first Sugar House gallery stroll, at Coffee Garden and Broadway Centre Cinemas.
P Artists' reception, 6 to 9 tonight. Show hangs through Nov. 11.
Where • Utah Arts Festival Gallery, 230 S. 500 West, Suite 120
Info • uaf.org.
Also • Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science and autistic, is the subject of Rosalie Winard's photographs. Grandin will visit Salt Lake City and Logan on Nov. 1-3 for book signings, an award presentation and a free screening of HBO's "Temple Grandin," which will be presented by the Utah Film Center on Nov. 1. For details, visit accessart.org or utahfilmcenter.org.