Kalamazoo, Mich. — Visit the Kalamazoo Nature Center (KNC) on Saturday, March 30, at 2 p.m. for a special presentation by photographer/writer, Jeff Rennicke, as he shares his experiences and photography depicting travels more than six continents.
Crawling into the dens of hibernating black bears in Colorado, river rafting in China, exploring Antarctica on a Russian research vessel, climbing Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro, Jeff Rennicke has traveled the world for more than 20 years as a writer for such prestigious publications as National Geographic Traveler, Reader’s Digest, Backpacker and others.
In his new photographic exhibit “With New Eyes,” Rennicke takes the viewer on a journey of creativity and passion to look closely at his chosen landscape of the northwoods. The exhibit, now showing in KNC’s Glen Vista Gallery, is a collection of pieces Rennicke calls “experiments in seeing” using such things as a real crystal ball, Goodwill glass, lighted wire and more, experiments meant to sharpen his “seeing” as an artist, and more traditional nature photography.
The exhibit’s title comes from Marcel Proust who said, “The real journey of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” This exhibit, Rennicke says, is the chronicle of his attempt to see the landscape with “new eyes.”
His writing has twice been awarded gold medals for excellence by the Society of American Travel Writers and includes over 250 magazine articles and 10 books such as Treasures of Alaska: Last Great American Wilderness published by National Geographic Books.
“As a writer,” Rennicke says, “I often travel with some of the best photographers in the world. I hope I bring at least some of these lessons to my own photography.”
Rennicke’s photographic work has been featured in Reader’s Digest, National Geographic Traveler, the juried galleries of the Wisconsin Cultural Coalition, and is highlighted in several house shows at the popular Bigtop Chautauqua. His work has also been purchased by private collections such as the Robert W. Baird Corporation and others. He teaches at Conserve School, an environmentally-oriented semester school set in Wisconsin’s northwoods.
Admission is free to KNC members, non-member adult/$7, seniors/$6, children & students 4-17/$4, children 3 and younger free.
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