Spring brought its images of renewal in the form of photography to the Delaplaine Art Center’s satellite gallery at the Urbana Library through digital photographer Erin Tacheny’s calming and contemplative lens.
With about half black and white and half color, the show is both active and contemplative in its images of everyday rural life.
Thurmont resident Tacheny, a full-time research biologist with a photographic hobby, lets it shine in the stories her photographs spin evoking thoughts of the past and calming glimpses of nature. She has called photography her hobby since high school.
“I don’t consider myself a professional photographer—it is definitely a hobby—a fun outlet. I shoot what I like.”
She joined the Frederick Camera Clique about 10 years ago and was president for three years. She has participated in a number of juried shows at the Delaplaine and Frederick Community College, and she is just getting back into photography after a lapse to study for her master’s in biotechnology, which she completed a year ago. The Delaplaine invited her to show in their library series.
Her professed fondness for landscapes and abandoned buildings shows itself in “Tangled,” with vines wound around an old barn door. Its black and white shadows give a sense of loneliness and abandonment. “Old Idea” ponders the light bulb in sepia-like tones. Several others in this vein include reminisces of pastoral life—tractors, old machinery, a work bench. “I prefer black and white, of course depending on my mood, but I can get on a color kick.”
My favorite is “Foggy Mountain Path”—ethereal and smoky, deep in the woods as if looking through a dream. “In Silhouette” is also appealing—a great blue heron on the shore at sunset. “Georgia Mill” is a spring landscape while “Autumn in Motion” shows just that. “I love to travel and have other photography friends who I shoot with,” Tacheny revealed. “If it is a foggy day or it looks like a good sunset around Frederick County, I will go out and shoot.”
Two years ago, she went to Iceland and Scotland. “The trips are usually photography-driven. We make our schedule around photo shoots,” she said. A favorite site is Death Valley. “I love all the varying landscapes—dunes, rocks, wide open spaces, textures.” She is also taken by Alabama Hills in California. “The area is used in a lot of Western movies,” she said. “’Django Unchained’ was filmed there. I love the rock structures.”
Upcoming for Tacheny are several juried shows and a photography trip to Tuscany in May. “Through My Lens” is on view at the lower level of the Urbana Library through May