Double take: Beaufort artists team up for 'Twin Lens Reflection'

charley@beaufortgazette.comNovember 18, 2011 

  • The opening reception for the exhibit "Twin Lens Reflections: The Art of Sandy Dimke and Karen Peluso" is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Beaufort Art Association Gallery, 913 Bay St., Beaufort. The exhibit runs through Jan. 8.

    Details: 843-521-4444

While their exhibit might have "twin" in the title, there's nothing identical about the work in "Twin Lens Reflections: The Art of Sandy Dimke and Karen Peluso."

Dimke and Peluso share the same age and love of photography of Lowcountry scenes. But their techniques and views from behind the lens of a camera are very different. The women will offer demonstrations of their work during the exhibit at the Beaufort Art Association Gallery.

Both women got their first cameras around age 10. Both have experimented with infrared photography and both have photos that have been selected for use in the county's Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program calendars. Each has received awards for their work. The variety of techniques the women use illustrates the differences in their views of the Lowcountry.

Dimke, one of the four founders of the Photography Club of Beaufort, said her "Tulip" photo taken in the yard of her Bull Point home was missing its beauty on her computer. Dimke used photo editing software to add three layers of texture to the background creating a European botanical print. Two more of her pieces are printed on metal. One of Dimke's favorites is her infrared portrait of palms at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. The photo was taken with a special camera that records heat and offers a variety of textures.

"Most alive things come out white and the vibrant blue sky comes out black," Dimke said.

In contrast, Peluso's love of black and white photography is evident in much of her work. Her specialty is peppering the black and white images with delicately hand-colored painting.

"I can do color prints, but I think the black and white prints are pure and classic ... and the black and white pictures pop," Peluso said.

Both women have published books which will be on sale at the exhibit.

Dimke's book, "Hands Across Beaufort," features an essay on the labor of 109 people's hands in Beaufort in 2010 for the Beaufort Three-Century Project.

Peluso's collection of poems about her family, "The Mother-Face in the Mirror," written over the past 15 years, won the University of South Carolina 2006 South Carolina Poetry Initiative Chapbook Contest. A photo that she took, "Perpetual Meditation," graces the cover.

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