“Unplugged: Adirondack Style,” an exhibit featuring photography by Charlie Kreitler, will be on display at the Old Forge Library from Aug. 6 through Sept. 25 during library hours.
The opening reception will be held on Friday, Aug. 6 from 5-7 p.m. and the public is invited to stop by for light refreshments outside, meet the artist and view his artwork hung in the Judith Lowenstein Cohen Memorial Wing in the library.
Kreitler is a 70-year plus summer resident of the Adirondacks. He started photographing old historic structures in the Adirondacks, in an “artistic style,” about 10 years ago.
Asked about the title of his exhibit, Kreitler said, “It is an ‘unplugged’ lifestyle that brings many of us to the Adirondacks year after year. We come to the Adirondacks to get away from cell phones, game boys, a constant barrage of world news, etc. We come to stay in old camps or hotels, do puzzles, play cribbage or cards, tell stories, read real books, sing with friends, attend services at historic churches, make balsa pillows …The list goes on.“
The 25 photos in the exhibit are Kreitler’s representation of this “turn-of-the-century” view. The photos include old camps, hotels, fire towers and churches that all had a first construction in the early 1900s or older, some of the handmade furnishings, hardware and art work found in these camps, and a few lake scenes taken from the old hotels.
The photos were taken from 2017-19 with a DSLR camera and printed on aluminum. Aluminum often provides a crisper, more color-saturated picture than if printed on traditional paper stock.
wA variety of lenses were used with most interior images shot with a fish-eye lens.