Spencer Young of Clinton shares photos of his second trip to Iceland in the River City Art Association Artist of the Month Gallery at the Vigo County Public Library, Seventh and Poplar streets. His first trip to the home of the first Viking explorers of North America was in 2007.
Young’s exhibit throughout August shares a glimpse of the dramatic landscapes that define the Nordic island nation. He was able to capture a rainbow of color in his photo of the Skógafoss, one of Iceland’s biggest and most popular waterfalls, as well as the striking contrast of man’s presence against nature in “Farm Below Glacier.”
Young also was able to experience the light phenomenon, the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, on this trip.
Young holds a bachelor’s degree in astronomy from Northwestern University and a master of science from Iowa State University. For several years he was an assistant photographer and darkroom operator for a portrait and wedding studio. He is a landscape photographer however, capturing solar eclipses is high on his list of priorities.
Young’s return trip to Iceland was the second leg of a group tour he took in March to witness a total solar eclipse from the vantage point of the Faroe Islands. Those photos will be featured in RCAA’s membership show as the fall exhibition in Moench Hall at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
CAD drawing is Young’s third interest. He creates 3D objects and pictures in a 2D format through wiremesh and shaded solid designs. This artistic concept came from his career as a geologist for coal mines, where he used computer-assisted drawing software to create maps. His “Computer Assisted Whimsy” CAD exhibit was featured in the spring art exhibition at Rose-Hulman.
Young’s most recent honor is the Paris Bridge Club Choice Award, received at the Annual Midwest Photography Juried Exhibition in Bicentennial Art Center at Paris, Ill. His “Ash Cave Waterfall” is on display through Aug. 28.
RCAA meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the VCPL. For membership information visit RiverCityArt.org or call president Mike Bender at 812-251-7724.