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August 15, 2013

Eugene photographer explores ‘Rhythms and Geometry’ at home and throughout the world

"Rhythm and Geometry in the Landscape" is an exhibit of 30 color photographs by Eugene photographer Michael S. Thompson. The photographs are on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the University of Oregon Law School of Law's second floor Mezzanine Gallery through December 27. DSC_0896-Edit-Edit

A public reception with light refreshments will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3.

The photographs are beautiful penetrating views of natural and built landscapes in Oregon, the Northwest, and points around the globe, including Denmark, France and Chile. In addition, Thompson focuses on objects in our environment that through his eyes and lens become enchanting, abstract geometric designs. Vibrant, bold colors, human and nature inspired dominate the photos in the exhibit.

In describing "Rhythm and Geometry," Thompson said, "this collection represents part of what captures my interest: the intersection between natural and built landscapes. The meeting of the natural and built landscape can result in a simple, pleasing picture, or in one that surprises and encourages further thought. Yellowstone boardwalks protect geyser basins from human feet, while bison freely crunch through the thermal crust. Picturesque dust clouds above eastern Washington wheat fields suggest that wind erosion may be a problem for the fertile rolling hills of the Palouse. A sleek new automobile is no match over time for nature's dents and decay."

White Oaks, Mt. Pisgah, Oregon, 2003Thompson has been a full-time professional photographer specializing in travel and garden photographs for magazines and books for 35 years. He began his career as an assignment photographer for Sunset Magazine, shooting travel, garden and outdoor living stories up and down the West Coast. Later he provided photos to a wide range of magazine and book publishers as well as taking on commercial and government assignments. In recent years he has been exploring the transition to digital photography, both near to his Oregon home base and on travels in the Americas and overseas.

Thompson's Oregon roots go back to student days at Portland's Reed College and graduate studies at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism. He and his wife Barbara continue to live in Eugene, where they raised two daughters.

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