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Landscapes Worth Sharing, Photography Exhibit by Thom Travis and Owen Floody.

January 3 - January 31

View vistas of the United States and beyond in a photography exhibit,
Landscapes Worth Sharing, by Thom Travis and Owen Floody. The exhibit is on
display in Gallery 255 at the Public Library for Union County throughout
the month of January.
Travis’ collection concentrates on mountains many of which he has hiked or
skied on through his travels around the world. “I have a special love of
mountains and their diverse shapes and monumental glaciers and snowfields,”
said Travis.
The exhibit also features Travis’ other favorite landscapes. “I enjoy
working on beautiful beaches, observing thundering waterfalls, kayaking in
lovely rivers and lakes, and savoring the magic and beauty of nature,”
Travis said. He has explored the landscapes and cultures of 110 countries
and all seven continents.
Floody’s images are drawn from an autumn highlands photo-tour of southern
Iceland in September 2021. Both now and over its geological history,
Iceland has combined unusually high levels of glacial, thermal, and
volcanic activities. The result is an extremely varied landscape littered
with waterfalls, glaciers, thermal fields, volcanoes, lava fields and other
features. “Of all of these features, the black sand beaches, and especially
the inland black sand deserts strike me as most unusual,” said Floody.
“While I might expect to see landscapes like these on some other planet,
their presence in Iceland seems otherworldly and wonderous.”
Thom is a retired professor of international relations and political
science at Bucknell University where he taught for 32 years. He currently
teaches a course each term for the Bucknell institute of Lifelong Learning.
He is an avid explorer and adventurer and has traveled widely, including
living, studying or teaching in India, Pakistan, Russia and Uganda. He has
photographed his numerous and unique experiences to help remind him of his
observations, and to educate others about the beautiful landscapes and
interesting cultures and peoples across the globe. He has shared his photos
with others through Flickr where his pictures have received more than four
million views, through exhibits in galleries, through regular postings on
Facebook and Instagram, and by sending them to a large blog list.
Floody, a retired Bucknell University psychology professor, spends much of
his time using travel to pursue his interests in scenery, wildlife and
photography. “I am fortunate to be able to engage in these interests, which
have taken me to parts of the world, and exposed me to scenes, that I can
only describe as magical,” said Floody. “Though I would not want to
overestimate the power of a photograph, I think that well-selected images
can convey some of this emotion and magic. It is my hope that my images
will do just that for those who view them.”
Artists and organizations are encouraged to apply to exhibit items of
artistic, cultural and intellectual interest in the library’s gallery
and/or display cases. For more information, visit
http://UnionCountyLibraries.org/home-page/info/displays/.