Photo Exhibit History

The Register Guard (Eugene, OR), March 16, 2008 | Go to article overview
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Photo Exhibit History


Byline: Lewis Taylor The Register-Guard

Dennis Griffin didn't plan to exhibit his work at the University of Oregon's Museum of Natural and Cultural History, but a museum administrator spotted his photos of orangutans, trained cats, Machu Picchu, Angkor Watt and other images from around the world and asked him to apply.

"I never really thought that my photos were something that the public would like," he recalled. "I get a lot of attention at the fair, but a gallery setting is something different."

Griffin, 54, who happens to be the state archaeologist, is displaying 26 of his photos in an exhibit called "Cultural Horizons" that runs through June 22. The show is part of the museum's Northwest Artists series, which has in the past highlighted everything from Mount Pisgah to the Pacific Crest Trail.

"We liked the cultural (aspects) of these images from around the world," said Cindi Budlong, the museum's exhibitions coordinator.

Griffin used to be an owner of the Eugene consulting firm Archaeological Frontiers before going to work for the state five years ago. He now lives in Corvallis, and says his love of photography grew out of a love of travel.

"I began traveling at an early age," he explained. "I took off a year and traveled the world, without a camera. I thought my mind's eye was good enough. I was wrong."

After returning from his first trip around the world, Griffin bought himself a manual Canon camera. Although he's since upgraded to digital, he continues to shoot some of his pictures on the same model film camera he used in the beginning.

"When you start going automatic, the camera does everything for you, and it doesn't do it the way you want to do it," he explained.

The majority of the images in Griffin's current show were shot on slide film from 1985 to 2006.

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