Photographer exhibits nature photos

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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