Shelton resident takes first place in Wilton photo show

Shelton photographer David Pressler has won first place in the adult division of the Wilton Arts Council’s Focus ’15 photography exhibition.

Pressler received his award during the show’s opening reception at the Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, where the show may viewed through March 28.

Pressler was one of 110 professional, amateur, student and youth photographers from across Fairfield County who entered 186 photos in the annual event.

His winning entry, “Charred Landscape,” is not a landscape anyone would see outdoors. Pressler painted an image with ground graphite and India ink on transparent 35mm colorless film and then photographed it with a macro-lens on a light table, backlighting the image.

“It is a photo of a symbolic landscape, so it is innovative and unexpected,” he said.

“This image is one of a series of paintings that are metaphors for birth, growth, decline and regeneration, based on my fascination with the forms and structures of the natural world and its organic forms — from the microcosm of bio-forms to the macrocosm of growth, geological formations and erosion,” Pressler said.

Daryl Hawk, an international photographer from Wilton and one of the show’s judges, described Pressler as “one of the most talented, innovative and creative photographers I know.”

Grandfather's gift got him started

Pressler said in his late teens, he was given two Zeiss cameras by his grandfather.

“Ever since then I have been documenting what I see around me, as I move through life, experiences that I have enjoyed sharing,” he said.
“If you open your eyes and look at the small things, you’ll be amazed at what you can see,”  he said.

Pressler is an artist member and past president of ART/PLACE Gallery in Fairfield, and has been active with many other local arts organizations in Fairfield County.

Jeannette Ross is editor of The Wilton Bulletin, another Hersam Acorn newspaper and website.