Dick Sherman hosts a reception for his Aerial Seabottom Photography exhibition on Sunday, Oct. 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. Featherstone Center for the Arts on Barnes Road Oak Bluffs. The show opens on Wednesday, Oct. 10, and continues daily from noon to 4 p.m.
The exhibition is all photographs shot from an airplane — including aerial shots of shallow water areas where the viewer can see the bottom of the ocean.
Many people are disappointed with photographs they take from an airplane; the human eye sees more than the camera captures. By zooming in, Mr. Sherman discovered a lot more under the sea than first thought.
When he photographs a scene, he looks for shapes. “I look for areas that are interesting colors with shades of green, tan and blue, where the water gets shallow . . . You can tell the depth by its color: tan is shallow, then green and blue is the deepest.”
Menemsha Pond and Menemsha Channel are featured, so is a three-masted schooner off Gay Head, which created a gorgeous shadow. “I kept the shadow,” says Mr. Sherman. “I flipped it, so it’s upside down, with a wash at the hull, and I removed the actual boat from the photograph. I call that one, Schooner Shadow.”
In his memoir of the Islander, Mr. Sherman recalls, “I went out late one afternoon with Charlie Utz and caught the Islander going and coming, with the sun going down. We took a lot of shots that day. I actually had to fly around as we waited for the Islander to make its return trip. It had an orange halo over it, from the sun setting. I call that Beam Me Up, Scottie.”
Other shots focus on Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown harbors and another on the cut at Norton Beach in Katama Bay.
More than 30 pieces will be on display, all giclée prints on stretched canvas frames. Shadow box frames are available, and all pieces are wired and ready to hang.