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January 21, 2011

Oregon Law hosts ‘Portland Panoramas’ exhibit

Exhibit features cityscapes and stunning flower blossom photographs

The University of Oregon School of Law currently is hosting a photography exhibit produced by Portland photographer Stuart Allen Levy through July 2011 in the school’s second floor gallery.

Titled “Portland Panoramas,” the installation features two types of photographs: dynamic Portland cityscapes and large, stunning flower blossom photographs set against black backgrounds that offer an almost three-dimensional effect. The exhibition consists of 25 Portland photographs and 14 flower photographs.

Levy, 54, studied photography at Antioch College, Marylhurst University, and Pacific Northwest College of Art. He has been shooting photos for more than three decades. When he’s not taking pictures, Levy works as a psychotherapist in Beaverton. He also has been running for 20 years. He has competed in five marathons, including three in Portland.

The project, which started in 2007, was born out of Levy’s long runs around the city during which he said, “I’m moving very slowly, covering a lot of territory, and noticing things that would be easy to miss from a car or bike. I love to discover visual experiences that are striking, and from perspectives not seen before.”

Levy says his goal is to depict familiar locations seen from unfamiliar perspectives and in unusual light. All the images in the exhibit are shot in panoramic format.

“I think it’s the ideal way to show urban landscapes. You can get the wide perspective of a landscape and the detail of a close-up, all in the same image. The long lines of streets, bridges, and buildings that create the urban environment seem enhanced. It’s closer to the feeling you get when you’re standing there looking at an urban landscape,” Levy said.

A public reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in the Knight Law Center’s second floor gallery, 1515 Agate St., Eugene.

The public is welcome to view the exhibit daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Viewing is free.

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