Shutter opens on photo exhibit in Belgium

OLD TOWN HALL Studio and Gallery held an opening reception of its Three Takes Show featuring three photographers on June 25. The works of (above, from left) Tom Ferguson, Dale Van Minsel and Pat Ryan (not pictured) will be on display through July 23, when Van Minsel will teach an iPhoneography class. Photos by Sam Arendt



Old Town Hall Studio and Gallery in Belgium is hosting the Three Takes Show, displaying the work of three photographers for the next month.

Tom Ferguson, Dale Van Minsel and Pat Ryan have their work displayed at 814 Main St.

Each provided a statement on their photography.

Ferguson said he subscribes to Ansel Adams’ philosophy that “there are at least two people in every photographic image: the photographer and the viewer. I aspire to keep you engaged and thinking about each facet of my photographs.”

His subject matter includes Western landscapes, Wisconsin farm scenes, character-revealing portraits, architectural extractions and seeing the “humor, texture and patterns in daily life.

“My hope is that one of my images, or a portion of an image, will cause you to pause, examine the light, wonder, notice a layer, see a bit of beauty or humor and then look again,” he said.

Ryan became intrigued by photography when he got a Minolta Rangefinder film camera years ago.

“I knew I had something special in my hands, and I wanted to learn more,” he said.

Ryan studied photography in college and today almost exclusively uses digital cameras.

“I see photography as an art form, a visualization, a collection of life experiences and nature. This photographic journey, as I age, has certainly taught me different ways to see the world,” he said. “I approach just about every photo by visualizing it first. I take the time to look for the shadows, textures, shapes and mood. When I capture the shot, I pretty much know whether it’s going to be black and white or color.”

Most of his works are landscape or street photos.

Van Minsel said his goal is “to take familiar things that we see every day and make them into something unique, causing the viewer to see them in a whole new way.”

His current work is created using multiple apps on an iPhone and iPad.

“I also enjoy working in conventional photography, but the emerging art form of ‘iPhoneograph’ allows me to fully capture my artistic vision,” he said.

The exhibit runs until Saturday, July 23.

Van Minsel will teach an iPhoneography class from noon to 2 p.m. that day.

The cost is $25, and people are asked to bring their phones.

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The gallery is usually open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. For updated hours, visit its Facebook page at



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