The Betts House
Traveling Through Time & Color: Regenerated Images of History & Landscapes
The oldest brick house in Ohio, the Betts House is pleased to host this new exhibition offering playful, altered images that transport the audience to imaginative views of real places. The exhibit showcases the fantasized images creatively produced by photographers David Parks, a retired engineer, and Erce Gokhan, a trained architect from Turkey. Each piece is truthful in most aspects; but in enhancement and presentation, the photos give the audience a new vision of the subject.
Both artists have approached their craft as a means of drawing new attention to their subjects, bringing the audience with them in their journey of fantasy. Whether imagining people from the past in modern-day scenes, or viewing a more vibrant colorful and dramatic world than the eye discerns, the enhanced photographs lift the audience into a delightful, playful world. Parks has a keen eye for complex details, as evidenced in his breathtaking photographs of landscapes and buildings, altered in color and contrast to add vibrancy, much like a painting. His pieces are executed on canvas, adding to the appearance and sense that these are painted images. Gokhan photographs Cincinnati street scenes and architecture, then overlays historic images of people over the original photograph. The result is a fantasy view that takes the viewer into the past while looking at the present.
As a small museum with a rich history of photography exhibits on architecture, the Betts House offers an intimate venue in a picturesque neighborhood.