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Shine On: Gregory D. Seman- Photographs of Northwest Michigan

October 13 - January 5, 2014

Traverse City photographer Gregory D. Seman presents a solo exhibition of his black and white images featuring new work and selected works from his portfolio of photographs in the collection of the Dennos Museum Center. The exhibition is being presented in association with the publication of a book of his photography with the same name.

Born and raised in Flint, Michigan in 1959, Traverse City became Greg Seman's adopted hometown in 1990. Greg's lifelong fascination of black and white photography began at age twelve, when he taught himself to develop film and contact print; a passion that has continued to this day. He now photographs with 4x5 and 8x10 inch film cameras, exposing and developing each sheet of film individually, and printing the black and white negative himself on silver gelatin paper in the darkroom. The effort applied to each negative and print reflects Greg's respect and passion for Michigan and his intention to portrait its uniqueness. Living in the northern Michigan region has been essential to his body of work; observing the shoreline transition from season to season and photographing on his daily commute or lunch hour, witnessing moments of dramatic change. Evenings allow for a time of exploration and becoming intimate with areas on the coast of Lake Michigan.

Greg has studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology and with photographers, Howard Bond and John Sexton. Michigan legendary photography dealer, Tom Halsted has been an unrelenting advocate, believer and critic in producing the Lake Michigan body of work - himself captivated by the region on his many visits over the past decade. Greg's work has been collected nationally and has been exhibited and held in the permanent collections of the Dennos Museum Center, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, University of Michigan Museum of Art, and the Toledo Institute of Arts.