A photograph has the ability to give its viewer a unique perspective of its subject.
Guests to the Main Gallery at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre will see 25 distinctly different views of the region with Kamloops Thru' the Lens, the first exhibit by the Kamloops Photo Arts Club.
"The parameters for the show were to take 'wow' pictures within the city boundary and then we stretched it to include the KIB lands," said club member Valerie Rampone.
In the gallery there is a canvas map that identifies where the pictures were taken with a pin. Each pin has a number that corresponds to a painting.
Eighteen of the club's 79 members submitted their work. By using digital cameras, Adobe Photoshop and old-fashioned camera trickery, each created a singular perspective, said Rampone.
The exhibit opened March 1 with a juried show. The top three photographs are Frank Dwyer's Roundabout Our Park, Kelly Pape's Hanging Fog and Indestructible by Bob Lewis.
For Roundabout, Dwyer combined 14 images to create a circular photograph of the new roundabout at Third Avenue and Lorne Street. Rampone said Dwyer had to lie on the ground and use a remote shutter release to keep his shadow out of the shots.
But he took 100 pictures before he figured out how to make the picture work, she said.
Pape's Hanging Fog shows the city with the surrounding mountains partly obscured by fog. Lewis' Indestructible is a high-resolution, heavily saturated image of an old bridge pillar in the Thompson River. The result is a sharp, colourful image.
The club holds regular night shoots, so several of the pictures reflect landmarks like the Kamloops Airport, St. Joseph's Church on the Tk'emlups Indian Band and Tranquille on the Lake under the cover of darkness.
Robert Nowland's Burning the Midnight Oil is a moody piece about a Venture Kamloops employee silhouetted in an upstairs window at the Old Cigar Factory at First Avenue and Seymour Street.
All of the pictures are for sale. The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more on the photo arts club visit kamloopsphotoarts.ca.