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MANCHESTER — Painting Nature with Photography is the theme of photographer Matthew Lerman's latest solo exhibit at the Southern Vermont Arts Center.

The show opens Aug. 22 and runs through Oct. 4 in Gallery 5, with an opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m.

The exhibit will consist of 20 images printed on aluminum.

"The aluminum substrate gives each picture a special vibrance and life-like impression that captures the uniqueness of life on our planet," according to a press release.

Lerman's photographs include scenic vistas to emotional portraits of plant and animal life. Matthew Lerman has been photographing nature since he was a little boy.

His journey with photography really began when he was about 6 years old when his dad taught him the basics of developing film and printing photographs. The first picture he developed was an x-ray of his broken toe.

Early on Matthew realized that beyond those family snap shots existed an awesome and breathtaking natural world. A world filled with wonders infinitely more powerful than family portraits. This realization began to focus and crystallize the young photographer's vision onto the natural world and before too long, voila; a photographer-naturalist-biology professor was created.

Lerman has dedicated his life to exploring nature and helping others see the beauty and splendor surrounding us.

He also spent 40 years teaching biology in New York City area. When he saw the need for a marine biology textbook, he sat down and wrote one featuring many of his own photographs. He has been a college professor of biology, marine ecology, oceanography, marine mammalogy, and anatomy-physiology.

His background in biology and love of photography have forged a deep appreciation for the land. The myriad of intricate connections within the biosphere have inspired a deep and abiding understanding of our world. Matthew feels that, importantly, photography allows him to capture and portray a sampling of the biological events occurring.

For years he has shared his photographs with his students, now he wishes to share them with you.


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