Gallery 2012

Gallery 2012

The Editors:
Northwest Dentistry congratulates all the participants in the Thirteenth Annual “Art of Dentistry” Photo Exhibition at this year’s Star of the North Meeting, April 26-28. This year’s meeting  offered three categories for judging: Nature, People, and Still Life. The attendees at the Star of the North Meeting then voted one of the three fi rst-place winners as “Best of Show”. Our  “Gallery” again applauds the continuing growth of the exhibition and the depth of talent among our members. We would present them all if we could. 
 
Editor’s Note: Dr. Tim Anderson was voted “Best of Show” for his photo “Lone Lookout”.



"Lone Lookout"

"Lone Lookout"
First place, “Nature” category
Timothy Anderson, D.D.S.
Shakopee, Minnesota
“Lone Lookout” was captured at Fort Lincoln, North Dakota. My father and I spent the morning exploring the park and enjoying its tranquility and wildlife. Photography allows me to escape  the real world. As a result, most of my photography is centered around nature and landscapes. Dr. David Klein, a mentor of mine and a fantastic photographer, told me that there are  always two people in nature photography: the one viewing the image, and the one looking through the lens. For me, the memories behind the images are what inspire my photography. This  specific image is important to me as it will always remind me of my father and the time we spent enjoying the simple things in life. 


"Under Review"

"Under Review"
Third place, “Nature” category
Thomas Goulding, D.D.S.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
I took a trip to southeast Africa with eight other friends this past March. Highlights included whitewater rafting over class five rapids in the Nile river, tracking critically endangered mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and a safari in the Serengeti National Park, where this picture was taken. Sometimes it feels like exposure to Africa for most people only  goes as far as watching Disney’s “The Lion King”. I am among the lucky ones. This trip was the real thing, and quite an unforgettable experience. I was glad to see that zebra were very  plentiful in the Serengeti, but when they huddled together, I had to smile: It reminded me of NFL referees reviewing the instant replay to make the correct call. 


"Old Man and the Sea"

"Old Man and the Sea"
First place, “People” category
Gregg A. Larson, D.D.S.
Eagan, Minnesota
On a trip I made that included a stop in Playa del Coco, Costa Rica, I saw a fishing boat approach the beach only to find that, for whatever reason, it had to remain a bit offshore. This resulted in the fish having to be transported one by one across a considerable distance to a waiting truck. The task seemed to weigh heavily on this older gentleman as he carried his last  load. A long day at work can have many definitions. 


"Madeline Sunset"

“Madeline Sunset”
Second place, “People” category
David Linde, D.D.S.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
I was taking a photography class last August from Layne Kennedy at the Madeline Island School of the Arts. We were down at the ferry docks at sunset one night when we saw some teenagers from Mexico talking and having a great time. They were on the dock, so I stood on shore and took this photo, shooting with the sun directly behind them. I like shooting straight  into the sun at sunset and sunrise. The yellows and oranges are intense. What I did not expect was the glow around them. I happened to get this shot when one of the guys did the “Go  West, Young Man” with his raised and pointed arm. That in itself is an image that never gets old. 


“Tibetan Lunch Break”

“Tibetan Lunch Break”
Third place, “People” category
Gail Gates
North Branch, Minnesota
In July of 2011, I was part of a small group visiting the Tagong area of Tibet. As a “mature” graduate student working on her Capstone Project concerning post-menopausal women, I was  on the trip to talk to Tibetan women about their own experiences with aging. Unfortunately, borders were shut down upon our arrival, so we had to make our way in as best we could.  While the project didn’t go as planned, I was nonetheless able to meet many Tibetan people and to take photographs. To my delight, the Tibetans LIKE to have their pictures taken - as  long as they can look at themselves on the viewfi nder afterwards and giggle! They are a truly gracious and inspirational culture, and it was a trip I will carry in my heart forever.


"Last Call Line Up"

“Last Call Line Up”
Second place, “Still Life” category
Christine Vanderleest Gulan
Saint Paul Park, Minnesota
I have carried cameras ever since the seventh grade when I received a gift of a Kodak Instamatic complete with flash cubes. A class on black and white photography in college in 1979  hooked me on photography as art – with a capital “A”. This shot was taken at Bill’s Auto Parts, a Newport, Minnesota landmark of 50 years, on the last day of the “business closing” auction. (Bill Knauf Sr. was the proprietor until his death; Bill Jr. is my neighbor.) Buyers were lining up to collect their purchases. I took pictures of hundreds of vehicles, engine blocks, snowmobiles, and parts from past decades. The more I observed, the more emotional an experience it became. I chose this image for its angle that draws the eye up through the perfect  row of similar sedans as they waited for their new adventure. 


"Radical Radios"

“Radical Radios”
Third place, “Still Life” category
Gregg A. Larson, D.D.S.
Eagan, Minnesota
Radios are rarely a source of visual inspiration, but these wooden radios, three of which are vintage, seemed to have, to my eye, a pleasing geometrical, Art-Deco-like pattern. To say they  “spoke to me” borders on misdemeanor pun-ishable by a rap on the knuckles, but the fact is that when these old radios channel the old programs that created great visions in the minds of  the listeners, it opens our imaginations, and then our eyes, all over again. And that is a very good thing. It should happen more often. 



Northwest Dentistry congratulates Dr. David Klein for his photos “Mesa Arch Sunrise”, which won second place in the “Nature” category, and “Iron Ore Freighter and Lighthouse”, which won  first place in the “Still Life” category. Photos and backstories were not available in time to be published in this issue of Northwest Dentistry.