Exhibit: February 10 – March 19, 2016
Reception: February 12, 7-9 p.m.
The Simple Elegance exhibition includes many of William North’s black and white photographs of 19th century architecture. In it, he features images of cathedrals from Chicago, Washington DC, Hobart (Australia), as well as the architecture of Blanchard Hall on the campus of Wheaton College in Wheaton.
North explores the character and gracefulness of older structures through compositions that focus on various elements or unusual perspectives. Taking details out of their context, he emphasizes the aesthetic content and offers different interpretations of familiar buildings.
Although he began many years ago, North is a relative newcomer to the field of professional photography. It was not until the digital era that fine art photography came into focus for him. His passion led him to the photography program at the College of DuPage in 2010. Soon after, he began capturing images of architecture, with emphasis on cathedrals.
North’s photography is influenced by a previous degree in English Literature and prior work involving architectural drafting and design. Inspiration comes from such respected artist-photographers as Lucien Hervé, who photographed the work of French architect Le Corbusier, and Frederick H. Evans, known for his images of French and English cathedrals.
North shoots in black-and-white, as he believes it is consistent with the historic theme. As a result, his photographs celebrate a heritage that reaches beyond the moment.
To view some North’s photography portfolios, please visit his website.