The Roberson Museum

Nature and art collide at Binghamton’s Roberson Museum and Science Center.

The Roberson Museum and Science Center is one of two museums that is displaying the new Nature’s Best Photography exhibit. The exhibit, which is also being shown at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, is a collection of some of nature’s finest moments. The photos have been selected out of more than 500,000 submissions to National Geographic from the past 20 years.

The exhibit highlights photographs of Earth’s most breathtaking landscapes, stunning creatures, and surprising behaviors, with each photographer capturing the ideal moment of encounter.

I enjoyed curation of the exhibit, which artfully positioned each photo into a sequence, with warm and cool colors being grouped together. It also went beyond color coordination, with stoic portraits of predators being contrasted against tender and affectionate moments. The photos were strong alone, but the precise balance throughout the series of photos also made them strong as a group.

Some of the photos, such as Great Frigatebird Feathers and Eye of a Neotropical Green Anole, are more detail oriented, creating abstract images that reveal details not usually noticed by the human eye. Others focus on the bigger picture, relying on the perfect situation to come together in one exciting moment.

Brown Bear, by Tin Man Lee, shows a grizzly bear directly leaping at the camera. Lee, after spending six days looking for bears, found huge grizzlies in an icy river. He crouched down in the freezing water and waited until he could capture a shot of the bear pouncing towards him with an explosive splash of water. Lee explains in the description that “It was, perhaps, the greatest moment of my life.”

The exhibit reminds viewers of the delicate balance that goes into finding the optimal moment of interaction between photographer, subject, and surrounding.

Nature’s Best Photography will be on display at the Roberson Museum and Science Center through June 30th, 2017.

To learn more about the Roberson Museum visit: https://www.roberson.org/

 

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