Achen captures local landscapesAbode Gallery in Stockholm has the photographs of Chap Achen, a Red Wing local, on display this month.
Abode Gallery in Stockholm has the photographs of Chap Achen, a Red Wing local, on display this month.
Achen specializes in black-and-white landscapes, which show beautifully in the high-ceiling gallery, a gallery spokesman said. The seven pieces include “Point No Point,” “Wheels of Fortune,” “Rattlesnake Bluff, Wacouta” and “The Dog Days of Winter.”
“The new digital tools have allowed me to expand my approach in creating successful photographs,” Achen said. “Combining texture, patterns, light and dark tones, and using good compositional elements, I try to present photographs that you will enjoy and remember.
He has been shooting photographs for more than 45 years.
“My father was a professional photographer. He introduced me to the darkroom and the enjoyment that comes with making traditional images with film and silver papers. However, composition and the interpretations of the many shades of grey are key to a successful image, no matter how it is made,” Achen said.
Alan Nugent, owner of Abode Gallery, was intrigued when he saw Achen‘s work. “He is a true local artist, and his work reflects a keen sense of local. He offers startling perspectives that are not at all canned,” Nugent said.
Abode Gallery is located at N2030 Spring St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; Wednesday by chance; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.