A huge thank you to the many local photographers featured on our website!
Kent is a landscape and nature photographer and conservationist who is currently creating a photographic environmental study of extraordinary wild places in the highlands of West Virginia. This is a collaborative effort with The Nature Conservancy which will result in a book titled the Wild Alleghenies.
Kent has been involved in photography for over 30 years and has been teaching visual design classes for the past 15 years. He sells fine art landscape photography in galleries, has displayed his work in such places as The Nature Conservancy headquarters, has had images published in books, calendars, Wonderful WV and Nature’s Best magazines, and often has images displayed on The Nature Conservancy and WV Land Trust websites and in their literature. He has produced 4 internet books for The Nature Conservancy which have proved very helpful to their conservation efforts. He also provides individual and small group instruction and leads photo tours in the West Virginia highlands where he lives six months of the year.
Gabe DeWitt – Artist, Engineer, Mountaineer
Gabe’s art extends through many styles and mediums: concrete, bronze, steel, wood, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and oil to name a few. A graduate of West Virginia University, with BS in Civil Engineering and a minor in Studio Art, he has acquired a wealth of knowledge as part of his creative process. While drawing and painting have always been a strong passion in Gabe’s artistic carrier, in the last 10 years photography has become a larger focus for his creative expression, along with the tools of the trade.
“In general, my work focuses on the dynamic universe, big and small, it’s all so wonderful to perceive and think about. I try and capture perspectives that can extend beyond the boarders of the frames containing them.”
David’s work in photography is the result of his continuing explorations of the Cheat River as it flows through Preston County, West Virginia. He takes many of his photographs within walking distance of his house in Albright, along the edges of the Cheat River Festival site. He also routinely visits various spots on a stretch of the river known at “the Narrows”, which runs along Route 72 between Kingwood and Rowlesburg, as well as various points along Muddy Creek.
David makes many of his photographs using pinhole and zone plate cameras, which are simple wooden boxes that do not use any kind of optical lenses. He also likes using a variety of plastic cameras, including Holga and Diana cameras, as well as various thrift shop finds. As we move further into the digital age of photography, David’s interests have reached further back to the very beginnings of photography in the 19th Century, as he has struggled to master the wet plate collodion process, as well as cyanotype and other early printing processes. Despite this backward-looking bent to his photographic work, he enjoys using digital cameras as well: he has taken many pictures of and around the Cheat using digital cameras that have been converted to record infrared light. David is also a big fan of the Hipstamatic app on his iPhone.
Check out David’s unique work at the Art Market!