The Importance of Geography
Welcome to our GerDora Photography blog we call "The Importance of Geography" (more about this title on a later post). Every image has a story and on this blog we intend to share with you some of the anecdotes behind the fine art images we create, the circumstances behind them, where they were taken, and their personal significance. Through our chronicles, we hope that you will get to know us and appreciate our work. We invite you to let us know your thoughts and feelings about our photography.
Pleased to announce that Dora's Olden Times Exhibit of fine art photography on canvas is now open at the Old Ox Brewery located at 44652 Guilford Dr, Unit 114, Ashburn, Virginia 20147. The exhibit will continue through May and is part of the artWorks exhibit program sponsored by the Loudoun Arts Council.
An expanded version of this exhibit was first shown at Leesburg's Thomas Balch Library back in January, 2016. Don't miss this new chance to view it and, at the same time, sample some tasty local artisanal beer.
Join us for the artists reception at Old Ox Brewery on Friday, April 7 at 7 pm.
Would love to see you there!
Back by popular demand is our new GerDora Photography “Beyond DC” calendar. Enjoy a new beautiful Northern Virginia site every month throughout 2017.
This limited edition 8 ½ X 11-inch wall calendar is a good reminder of the beautiful and interesting places that surround the region beyond the nation’s capital. Whether you live in the area or away, this may prompt you to go out and explore or simply sit back and appreciate the locations from the comfort of your home or office.
Order today before they are sold out!
Middleburg is a small village listed with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is one of the last unspoiled places in America. Quaint and unique shops, charming inns and fine dining establishments, enhance the visitor’s experience. The Pink Box Park is a beautiful intimate public garden behind Middleburg’s Visitors Center located at 12 North Madison, Middleburg, VA.
Art in the Pink Box Park is a fun and festive event that will feature works of art from a number of local artists and live music by Crooked Angels. Gerry and Dora will be among the featured artists. This affair is hosted by the Middleburg Arts Council.
Come and join us at the Pink Box Park from 10 to 3pm. We hope to see you there!
Gerry and Dora
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Gerry is having a solo exhibit at Leesburg’s Thomas Balch Library from July 6 through September 30. The images of this fine art photography on canvas collection “South Korea Through the Lens of a Miguk” were taken in the 1990s when he was exposed to this fascinating country and its people.
Gerry says: “Those years made a permanent impression on me not only because I was exposed to a culture I knew little about and was so different from mine, but because the people were so willing to help me, the Miguk (the American), appreciate it.
“As a photographer I was eager to capture what I knew was a fast changing Korea. Known as the “Hermit Kingdom,” the Korean Peninsula was isolated from the world for centuries as a way of protection from outside threats. Today, South Korea—or the Republic of Korea—is a dynamic and prosperous country full of contrasts between the old and the new.
“Although the hustle and bustle of the modern city of Seoul was my day-to-day setting, I sought out opportunities to visit the countryside, folk villages, temples, palaces, and cultural events, many of them depicted in this show. Oftentimes, I had the feeling that Korea was changing even more rapidly than many places in the West, and I was anxious to freeze this precious time through my lens.
“This exhibit is a labor of love. Searching through thousands of film negatives and slides, scanning and processing them in the digital darkroom, and presenting them on canvas format, was an intensive endeavor that made me relive many of the experiences in Korea and my special connection to this land and its people that I will cherish forever.”
The Thomas Balch Library is located at 208 W. Market St. in the heart of the historic district in Leesburg, Virginia.
We would love if you could join us at a free reception on Saturday, July 16 from 1 to 3 pm.
PS Just want to recap that Gerry will have two active exhibits in the month of July; he has two pieces at the Oatlands "Four Seasons of Oatlands" Art Show (July 1-31) and his solo exhibit of 19 pieces depicting images from South Korea (from July 6 through September 30).
We invite you to make Saturday, July 16 a day to enjoy art, history, and culture by visiting the Oatlands Historic House and Gardens and then attending the “South Korea Through the Lens of a Miguk” reception at Leesburg's Thomas Balch Library. Gerry and Dora will be at the Library on July 16th to share our experiences in Korea, offer light refreshments, and answer any questions.
Gerry and Dora from GerDora Photography invite you to the Oatlands Art Show & Sale at the Oatlands Historic House and Gardens Carriage House. The 18th Annual Four Seasons of Oatlands Art Show will run from July 1st through the 31st. Two of Gerry's fine art photographs will be on display.
The Carriage House is open M-S 10-5pm and Sundays 1pm-5pm.
Hope you can make this event part of your summer activities.
Gerry and Dora
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We are very much looking forward to participating in the aMuse Art and Craft Festival in Old Town Winchester, VA next Saturday, May 21. We will be displaying our fine art images along with a number of other amazing artists and crafters.
Check out their blog where we appear as "featured artists."
I am very happy to have been able to exhibit my "Olden Times" fine art photography on canvas collection at the Thomas Balch Library, a history and genealogy library in the heart of the historic district of Leesburg, Virginia because it was a natural fit for this venue.
I believe that every era has its challenges and one could argue that certain times have been better than others. I am not proposing that the olden times were better than the present. We have come a long way…. But we need to pause from time to time and remind ourselves about where we came from so that we can better understand where we are and where we are headed.
I love contemporary life but I’m intrigued by the bygone world and the legacy it left us. As you peruse these images, I hope that you will be able to take a minute, take your time, and get lost in each and every one of the depicted scenes. Transport yourself and think about how it must have been to live during those bygone times. And then, take a deep breath and appreciate the past, the present, and look forward to the future.
Would love to hear your impressions of this collection of images.
GerDora Photography is based in the Washington DC region, which we associate with the impressive iconic national monuments. But, there are so many interesting spots beyond the lesser known parts of the DC area, that we decided to showcase the beauty of Northern Virginia in our 2016 calendar. This would be a good end-of-year gift for yourself, for your friends, and family!
Take a look. http://www.gerdora.com/p707809761
Would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your encouragement throughout the year and to wish you Happy Holidays, good health, prosperity, and love; and the time to enjoy it!
Gerry and Dora
Join us for the final Art in the Pink Box Park of the season! Gerry and Dora from GerDora Photography will be in Middleburg, VA again next Saturday, October 24, 2015 exhibiting their fine art images. We will join 10 artists at this intimate park located at 12 N. Madison Street, Middleburg, VA from 10 am until 3 pm.
Make it a day meandering through the Loudoun County countryside; discovering or rediscovering this beautiful historic town; attending the renowned Middleburg Film Festival, and appreciating the work of local artists, while enjoying live music. See you there!
Gerry and Dora
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