This past Sunday, Roger and I attended Owen Riley's gallery talk at the Greenville County Museum of Art.  His talk was personal, engaging and informative. Owen's photographs are outstanding, sometimes quiet and most certainly, they are captivating.  I have to add that the work is beautifully displayed!  

What I learned from Owen's gallery walk through is how he has chosen a path in photography that is challenging yet has many unknowns and is full of surprises! Owen's way of working allows the him to work with the photographic process in a way that is not unlike having a conversation with the medium. To reap the benefits of working this way, Owen has embraced the gifts that can be discovered in imperfection.  It reminds me of how one's view of imperfection can be transformed when viewed through the heart and soul. What is so exciting to me about Owen's photographic process is that what might first appear as a flaw to someone else could in fact reveal the next exciting pathway for his work! 

Recently Roger and I watched and listened to a favorite DVD of Leonard Cohen in concert...His songs are imperfectly rough yet they are at the same time, both elegant and poetic.  I loved it when he sang about how "there is a crack in everything and that is how the light gets in...." 

Way to go Owen! I love your exhibition and plan to return for another dose of inspiration.


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Feb 14, 2015

New Exhibition Opens: Local Talent: Owen Riley

Greenville photographer Owen Riley focuses his lens on the familiar in a series of black-and-white portraits, landscapes, and still life images.

Mar 14, 2015

Photography Workshop 
The Natural Portrait: Light, Lens, and Vision

10 am - 5 pm

Register for this event

$90, including lunch
Space is limited. This workshop is appropriate for young adults and older.

Join award-winning photographer Owen Riley for a hands-on workshop exploring digital portraiture. Learn techniques to create striking and meaningful portraits by using digital camera controls, manual settings, intentional exposure, different lens focal lengths, natural light, and reflectors. Consider how options in staging a portrait, such as selective focus, backlighting, and the surrounding environment can be combined to create powerful photographs in black and white as well as in color.  

Students will need to bring their own digital cameras and memory cards. 

Optional equipment:

  • tripod
  • laptop computer equipped with photo editing software 
  • portable hard drive, flash drive or SD card to transport images.  

420 College Street, Greenville SC 29601


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