Robinson and Warren Photography Exhibit Opens at the LCCA Sunday

Matt Warren's appreciation for his home town of West Point is evident in this photograph that will be part of the Warren, Robinson Photographic Exhibit from 2 - 3:30 p.m Sunday at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts.Ronnie Robison captures her model amidst hundreds of bubbles underwater. "Water Weight" is only one of the photographs on display Sunday at the Warren, Robinson Photographic Exhibit from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts.
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DONNA SUMMERALL
Staff Writer

The West Point/Clay County Arts Council is sponsoring a photographic exhibit from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, August 13, in the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts featuring the work of Ronnie Robinson and Matt Warren. The opening reception is from and the public is invited to come out and enjoy the exhibit and meet the artists. A gallery talk at 2:30 p.m. will enlighten the audience as to concepts, techniques, and processes used in photography to tell a story or convey an idea.

"Both Ronnie Robinson and Matt Warren are natives of West Point," Kathy Dyess of the WPCCAS said. "They grew up enjoying the encouragement of family and friends in pursuing their interest in photography and the arts. Both received degrees from Mississippi State University in Graphic Arts and have begun applying their knowledge in capturing images that prick the imagination."

Robinson has just completed her Fine Art Degree with dual concentrations in photography and graphic design in May of 2017. Her photography senior thesis entitled “Play Nice Dearie” is part of the exhibition. Working with her niece, Grace Smith, for a year, she captures the inner beauty of innocence as a young girl faces a world that may or may not be welcoming and forgiving to those who are shy or introverted. Robinson’s goal with the series is to encourage change in the way girls are treated during their growing-up years to help them become strong, independent women.

“Grace was an extremely easy model to work with, although I don’t think she knew what she was getting into,” Robinson said.. “Most sessions I would shoot more than a hundred digital images, directing her poses, expressions, and positions numerous times to achieve that perfect shot I was looking for,”
She said work on the images continued in the process, as images were tweaked with cropping, adjusting brightness and contrast, and background.

Currently Robinson works as a product designer for Curio Brands, but has plans to attend grad school, possibly pursuing a teaching career. But she emphatically says photography is always on her mind as she searches for the next inspiration for a series and book.

Dyess said Warren is a web designer and a photographer specializing in HDR landscape photography as he seeks to embraces a surreal slant on the traditional genre. After discovering the work of Trey Ratcliff at stuckincustoms.com eight years ago, he began working to capture that specific look in his own photographs.

“The surreal look of his photography really captured my attention and inspired me to learn how to create photographs like that," Warren said. "It also gave me the inspiration to capture Mississippi landscapes in that style,”

In 2015, Warren created mississippiinhdr.com where he has posted a photo every single day, now over 800 days in a row. In that span of two years Warren has also been able to do a bit of traveling to California, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, and Florida.

“I love capturing photos that make you feel as if you are part of the scene and that you could reach out and feel the textures through the photo,” Warren said. “My plans are to capture a photo from every county in Mississippi and to do more travel photography both abroad and internationally.”

Sponsored by the West Point/Clay County Arts Council, the exhibit will hang through September 30, 2017. The LCCA will be staffed on Wednesdays 1 - 4p.m. for visitors to see the show. For more information or to schedule a tour of the exhibit at another day or time, contact Kathy Dyess at 494-5678 or Julie Gray at 295-0461.

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