MORRISTOWN, NJ - 70 South Gallery unveiled its 14 exhibition entitled Heartstrings on Feb. 3 with a cocktail party and reception.
This photography exhibit featured work by three local photographers who incorporated the ideas of love, nature, beauty and romance into their work.
Kayla Legatt, 17, is a high school senior at Randolph High School who was selected to showcase her photos at the exhibit. Her collection of black and white photos were taken while on a trip to the Canadian Rockies while she was cross country skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding around Banff, Lake Louise and Canmore in Alberta.
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“I love to take traveling pictures. I love seeing the diversity our world has to offer and immersing myself in nature,” she said. “To me, very simple things are so beautiful which is why I kept the pictures in black and white.”
Although she said that photography is more of a hobby for her, she plans to continue taking photos while in college.
The other two collections featured were created by two professional photographers.
Meg Lyding traveled to different boroughs of New York City to look for signs of love within the cement sidewalks. She was able to take photos of numerous engravings and often wondered about the individuals who had left it.
“I began to notice the numerous hearts drawn into the cement sidewalks and became interested in the repetition of the gesture,” she wrote in her bio which was hanging next to her artwork.
Some of her photos also featured saying such as “Love yourself” and “Love & Spiritual Development.”
The third photographer who had his photos showcased at 70 South Gallery was Edward Surette. His collection features single flowers on a metallic mat to highlight the details in the photos.
In his biography, the retired electrician and grandfather explained how his love of the outdoors translated into his love of photography.
“As a photographer , I try to capture ‘Life’”, he wrote. “One of my favorite subjects is flowers. With my camera I try to freeze a moment in time for you to see and feel the moment; you are a child running barefoot in the wet grass. It is Nature calling us back.”
Gallery Director Ira Black explained that all of the photos featured were printed, matted and framed in the studio. In addition to hosting a variety of events, 70 South Gallery also offers a many other photography services.