I went to an art opening last week called “American Landscapes”, featuring the photography of Clinton Smith. The show is at the Highlight Gallery on Main Street in Mendocino, across the street from the Mendocino Music Festival tent. You owe it to yourself to stop in and check out some of Clinton’s latest work. Clinton, who spent some time under the tutelage of Ansel Adams, is quite simply one of the best photographers you will encounter. He’s been featured in national magazines and TV programs, and you’ll understand why when you see his work. His eye for composition is superb, and he is amazingly patient when he’s trying to get the best shot. What I really admire is that he is very deliberate about choosing his shots—he is not a proponent of the digital style of “take ten thousand variations and sort it out in Photoshop”. The time spent composing the images pays off in the stunning quality of his work.
Clinton is working at the gallery through July—I believe he said he’s there Monday-Friday between 11-12 and 4-5, so go check it out. Highlight is one of my favorite galleries in Mendocino; they have beautiful artwork for sale, and you can see the ocean from inside the gallery on Main Street.