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"Water" at the White Lotus Gallery: Interview with Photographer Gary Tepfer

Photographer Gary Tepfer adds his vision to the current White Lotus exhibit titled "Water"
Sandy Brown Jensen

Viz City was privileged to interview photographer Gary Tepfer on Saturday, April 27, 2019 for a broadcast date of Wed. May 1, 2019.

White Lotus Gallery http://www.wlotus.com/current-exhibition/

Exhibition Dates: April 25 – June 1

Leonardo da Vinci called water “the driving force of all nature.” Local photographer Gary Tepfer is among the artists included in the current “Water” exhibition at the White Lotus Gallery.

"I was fortunate to be raised in the Pacific Northwest, where we have an abundance of water. It was something I was always attracted to. I like to go boating, kayaking, swimming; I like to be in the water, and I was always just attracted to the beauty of water, and then plus the motion."

Fall Creek, here in Lane County, has been a constant subject for Gary’s camera. One of his photographs in the show is titled, “Fall Creek, Downstream,” and Gary explains how he saw it in a dream before he made it.

"It’s looking down Fall Creek in the wintertime with a nice rapid flow of water--it’s quite full, and it’s going through a beautiful green, forested landscape. I was inspired to take that picture from a dream I had of kayaking down the stream. And so that photograph really is --after the dream I said, “I’m going to go up there and take that photograph.”  And I stood on a bridge looking down the stream, and I think it kind of pulls you, the river pulls you into the landscape, and you can just see around the corner where it disappears. There’s fog hanging in the trees, and everything is just very very wet and drippy."

Gary has also a dramatic photograph of a blue lake in the Altai Mountains of Siberia. Keep in mind he still shoots film, and that shows in the rich, crisp, almost cinematic quality of his images. You can visit the “Water” exhibition at the White Lotus Gallery at 767 Willamette through June 1. See more about Gary and the show at the Viz City blog on KLCC.org/vizcity

Viz City is co-produced by Terry Way and Sandy Brown Jensen.


Terry Way has been hosting Viz City, KLCC's visual arts review program, since 2000. Terry hosts the show with Sandy Brown Jensen.