More Than Meets The Eye: Infrared Seascapes

Photography by Rich Bergeman where landscapes come alive when viewed in infrared illumination.

Friday, January 8 2021 @ 10AM

Join us for a LIVE video tour of the gallery on Friday, January 8th at 4pm on LCCC’s Facebook page where Gallery Director Krista Eddy will walk you through this exciting new show.


Rich Bergeman prefers working in black and white, in part because it takes the viewer one step away from the everyday world of color. Infrared, takes the viewer yet another step further, transforming the landscape into a beautifully surreal, dream-like world. He loves photographing the Oregon Coast, especially during low tides, where a landscape teeming with life in dull browns and dark greens comes alive when viewed in infrared illumination: haunting, other-worldly, eerie and beautiful.

Bergeman has spent the past 30 years exploring different ways to express himself through photography, mostly in black-and-white, and mostly about times past. For years he exclusively used large-format cameras and printed in the traditional silver and platinum processes; these days he primarily use digital cameras and pinhole film cameras, and print on fine art papers with archival quality inkjet printers. He has found it fun and even self-revelatory to explore the varied and unique ways different types of cameras see the world, and then learn the most appropriate subjects to apply each of them to. He has always preferred photographing in black and white, in part because it takes the viewer one step away from the everyday world of color. Infrared, which he has been doing for about three years, takes the viewer one step further away from the ordinary, transforming the landscape into a beautifully surreal, dream-like world. One of his favorite places to play with infrared is along the Oregon Coast, especially during low tides, where a landscape teeming with life in dull browns and dark greens comes alive when viewed in infrared illumination. He has come to love the haunting, other-worldly, even eerie quality this way of seeing brings to the coastal landscape.

The Chessman Gallery is inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City. Lincoln City Cultural Center has new business hours: 10 to 4 Thursday through Sunday). Masks and social distancing required in the building.

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