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Edwards photographer Raymond A. Bleesz participating in photo exhibit at Littleton Fine Art Museum

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“Unauthorized Fashion Photo Shoot At The Parthenon,” by Raymond Bleesz.
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EDWARDS — Edwards-based fine art photographer Raymond A. Bleesz has been chosen to participate in the biannual Month of Photography Denver (MOPDenver) Exhibition at the Littleton Fine Art Museum. MOPDenver, under the direction of Mark Sink, a well-known Denver photographer and curator, is a month-long photographic event joining multiple museums, galleries and schools to promote fine art photography throughout the city of Denver and the region. The exhibit will be on display Feb. 20 through March 29. Other cities and States in the Union are also offering photo exhibits, such as the Houston Foto Fest and the PhotoTAPAs of Arizona to promote Month of Photography.

The image Bleesz submitted to the Littleton Art Museum and selected from his entries by juror John Sunderland is entitled, “Unauthorized Fashion Photo Shoot At The Parthenon.”

Right place, Right Time

“In June 2013, my wife and I took a late afternoon tour of the Parthenon in Athens,” Bleesz said. “I had basically completed my photo work at the site, and was walking towards the exit folding up my tripod/camera gear when out of the corner of my eye, I caught this scene more or less on the fly. I did not have time for careful, attentive composition, nor careful calibration of the camera settings. I instinctively thought this to be an epic image. The absence of tourists at that exact moment was a blessing, totally unusual in their absence, a decisive moment, as the image quickly changed.”

Before Bleesz could take more photos of the scene, the moment had passed.

“Greek Parthenon employees with security badges and phones surrounded the couple, demanded they cease their activity and escorted them off premise, pronto. Commercial photography at this historic sight is not allowed, and certain photo restrictions do apply,” he continued.

As Bleesz was descending the steps from the Acropolis, he saw the female model leaving as well, “a long jacket covering her wardrobe. I did not see the photographer. I suspect the authorities were still dealing with him.”

About John Sunderland

The Littleton Art Museum is located at 6028 South Galllup Street. The juror for the Littleton exhibition is John Sunderland, the director of photography for The Denver Post. In addition to Sunderland’s newspaper career, he served 10 years on the National Press Photographers board of directors. Sunderland currently serves as a student advisor for the Rocky Mountain Collegian newspaper at Colorado State University and continues on the advisory board for Aurora Public Schools. Sunderland was a guest professor for Metro State University and Colorado University-Denver where he taught advanced photojournalism.

This framed image and others can be seen at Bleesz’s business, Brush Creek Dry Goods in The Riverwalk at Edwards.

Visit http://www.brushcreekdrygoods.com or call 970-926-9182 to learn more.