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Art Domestique hosts works of 9 local photographers

GTNS photo by Isaac Hamlet

Phographer Michael York shows off his picture of the swinging bridge in Columbus Junction which is on display in Art Domestique as part of their photography show “As We See It.” 

This is one of four pieces he has in the show, all of which will be on display until Feb. 15.
GTNS photo by Isaac Hamlet Phographer Michael York shows off his picture of the swinging bridge in Columbus Junction which is on display in Art Domestique as part of their photography show “As We See It.” This is one of four pieces he has in the show, all of which will be on display until Feb. 15.
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“As We See It” shows dozens of images from across Washington County which captured the interest of the nine area photographers featured in the event.

Art Domestique organized the display and will be showing the photos from now through Feb. 15.

To select the artists, Art Domestiques’ eight board members compiled a joint list of local photographers whom they reached out to and included based on response.

“You kind of take a risk because you don’t know how many artists (will respond),” said board member Cheryl Barnes. “But the photography we got in — it worked out beautifully.”

One of these photographers is Michael York, one of the business’s board members. Not only are his photographs hanging inside Art Domestic, but a fraction of his vintage camera collection can be seen on display from outside. This arrangement of cameras was organized by York and will be visible until mid-February.

York began his photography career at The Washington Evening Journal in the ‘60s, taking pictures of the high school sports teams. After this he spent time as an army photographer; when he got out of the army he started to move away from photography until a relative had a request.

“One of my nieces asked me if I would do her wedding photos,” York said. “Her friends saw what I’d done, they liked it. From there it expanded to family, wedding and senior pictures. That’s basically what I did (until) 10 or 15 years ago when I started taking time to observe the world around me.” At that point, York turned his eye to the nature.

Four of his pieces are featured in the show including a picture of Sitler Drive “before they made the divided road out by the high school going to the cemetery” and one of the swinging bridge in Columbus Junction during winter.

“You’re seeing frustration, joy, piece of a heart, piece of a soul and a small piece of someone else’s life,” York said. “When you’re viewing these things you’re getting a small glimpse into us. You’re getting a glimpse into our lives.”

On Friday, Jan. 11, from 5:30 — 7:30 p.m., York and other featured photographers will be at Art Domestique to for “Meet the Photographer” where they will speak and answer questions on their work.