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Edwards artist exhibits at the The Depot Art Center in Littleton

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Special to the Daily Local photographer Raymond Bleesz considers himself a "histographer" and photographs as a humanist, he said.
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EDWARDS – Photographer Raymond Bleesz was accepted to the 23rd annual Historic Depot Art Center and Gallery’s “All Colorado Art Show.” The exhibition coincides with Littleton’s 78th annual Western Welcome Week.

“As the juror, I would like to see pieces of art that knock me of my feet,” Doug Dawson said. “Good craftsmanship is a given. What I want to see are pieces that go beyond craftsmanship and provide a unique vision.” Bleesz has been a working fine art photographer since 1976, doing limited commercial work as well. As a former history teacher, Bleesz is schooled in “straight photography,” primarily in black and white. He identifies with documentary-style photography, espoused by the likes of Atget, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Paul Strand, amongst many others. Bleesz considers himself a “histographer” and photographs as a humanist, he said. Bleesz’s photographic philosophy – in essence – is that of the deceased New York photographer Ruth Orkin: “Being a photographer is making people look at what I want them to look at.”

“The All Colorado show” at the Depot Art Gallery is at 2069 W. Powers Ave in Littleton. The exhibition opened Wednesday, and there is a reception and awards presentation Aug. 12 from 5-8 p.m. The show closes Sept. 12. Call 303-794-0781 for more information. A viewing of Bleesz’s portfolio can be arranged or a sampling of his imagery can be seen at Brush Creek Dry Goods in the Riverwalk complex in Edwards. Visit http://www.brushcreekdrygoods.com or call 926-9182.



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