Bright lights, flashing colors


Artist Joseph Dannels (2010 The Inquirer/DVC)

“Fleeting Light and Stolen Moments, the latest exhibit in the library gallery, features a collection of photographs by former Inquirer photo editor Joseph Dannels.

While installing the show Monday Dannels said he prefers documentary-style photography in which he catches an overall scene or a candid series of pictures.

“I’ve been trying to study strong compositions, mostly interesting landscapes and street photos,” Dannels said of his work, which includes a series he took in Bali while there for a photo workshop.

When taking shots of people, he said he tries to capture a character trait and make that his focus.

Dannels started taking photos in 2003, after earning an industrial engineering degree from Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo. Given a point-and-shoot camera by his parents, he went to Mexico for a few months, taking photos along the way. He then took music and photography courses at DVC, where his mother, Lupe Dannels, works as a counselor, and joined the Inquirer in 2006-2007.

In his artist statement, Dannels writes: “This collection of photographs focuses on my passion for finding interesting light and dynamic compositions that allow a scene to flow freely and develop its own visual rhythm.”

This is Dannels’ first photography show and runs through May 21.

A reception is scheduled for 1 p.m., April 24, in the DVC library.


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