review

Bill DeLanney
Seen But Unseen

Woodstock Times - April 19, 2007
Smart Art by Paul Smart


Loving the Overlooked

Bill DeLanney, whose pinhole photographic work will be seen in a solo exhibit at Galerie BMG on Tannery Brook Road in the hamlet starting this weekend, is now on his second life as a photographer. His first saw him working as a Look Magazine staffer in the late 1960s, followed by several strong years as a freelancer bouncing between gigs in the entertainment, fashion and advertising worlds. Now, following a 30 year impasse, DeLanney is exploring a more idiosyncratic muse discovered after he moved Upstate in recent years.

"I take photographs of things seen but unseen. I am more interested in a simple spontaneous moment than one thought out," he says of the work that will fill the walls for the new "Seen But Unseen" exhibit that opens Friday, April 20, with an artist's reception Saturday afternoon, April 21. "I approach photography with an expressive, not analytical, mind... A fascination with the mundane and its mystery which conveys a timeless feeling and emotion."

Combining traditional film techniques with digital imaging, DeLanney's work has an almost physical softness that enhances its intuitive emotionality. He focuses on the gray beauty of our Upstate terrain, from crumbling Hudson Valley mansions to the workaday agelessness of Saratoga horse barns. From a row of trees shading a motel's view to a found doll, forgotten and forlorn.

Seen But Unseen will be on display from April 20 through May 14, with an artist's reception scheduled from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday, April 21.

Galerie BMG hours are Friday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or other times by appointment. The place is located on Tannery Brook Road, just down from Tinker Street. For more information visit www.galeriebmg.com or call 679-0027.