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Summer Light for the Winter

Simmer Dim:  The Endless Twilight of Scottish Summer
Photographs by Lance Keimig
November 29th, 2010 – January 7, 2011
Opening Reception: December 1st,  6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Lecture and Book Signing: December 8th,  6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Despite the upcoming dark winter days,  Lance Keimig’s photography exhibit, Simmer Dim: The Endless Twilight of Scottish Summer, prolongs feelings of the midsummer nights.  The photographs in this exhibit are taken during the long twilight hours from about 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Scotland’s northern archipelagos of Orkney and Shetland. It never quite gets fully dark here at midsummer, and the sky glows with a magical light that the locals call “Simmer Dim”. The faint glow in the sky balances perfectly with the street lights of the towns like Stromness, Kirwall and Lerwick, and Keimig’s quiet studies of their architecture and narrow streets create a sense of anticipation. Away from the towns and streetlights, Keimig often supplements the natural light of the landscape with a technique called light painting.  

Lance Keimig is a Pembroke, Massachusetts based photographer who is best known for night photography of the built environment. His book, Night Photography- Finding Your Way In The Dark was published by Focal Press in August of 2010. Keimig is the curator of Darkness, Darkness, a traveling exhibit of Night Photography and of the Three Columns Gallery at Harvard University.  For more information about Lance Keimig’s photography, visit his website at www.thenightskye.com

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