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New gallery offers portals to nature

The Scanlan "Windows to the world" Gallery at 545 B Main Street has given way to the Rodney Lough Jr. Wilderness Collections Gallery.

This is Lough’s sixth gallery (with others in prestigious locations including Pier 39 in San Francisco, MGM in Las Vegas and Wall of America in Minnesota). Having turned professional only seven years ago, Lough said he attributes his meteoric rise in popularity to his realism.

Lough’s goal is to show people what he saw so they feel like they’re there.

Mankind wasn’t made to walk on concrete and sit in buildings all day. He hopes his photography can be a portal to return people to nature.

An expert in statistics, Lough said he spent his fair share of time behind a desk. He used to hang his own prints to remind him of vacations to stay sane while crunching numbers.

Having loved photography since age 12, it wasn’t until adulthood that compliments began mounting. One day someone asked if they could buy one of his pictures on the office wall. That began a second phase of his life.

"After spending so many years in a cubicle, it’s hard to show up every day with a smile. I had these things in my office so I could pause and say, ‘Life is great,’" he explained.

Lough uses an 8 x 10 large format film camera like the one Ansel Adams had.

In fact, a photography magazine recently claimed the Adams torch had been passed to Lough because of the latter’s originality. He’s also received recognitions from the United Nations, the U.S. Senate and the Smithsonian Institute for his nature photography.

Lough has kept the gallery’s display layout established by the Scanlans and each wall features two or three of the gigantic, backlit images from Yellowstone, the Nevada desert, Utah mountains, Southwest red rock and more.

Because of his style of photography minute details show up in every image, but nothing is touched up, he said.

"I believe there is an up-and-down escalator at the end of life. I want to be on the up escalator so I don’t fake anything. What you see is what I saw there; it’s that simple," he said.

Many of the images are expansive depicting landscapes thousands of yards or even miles wide. Yet the large format captures even tiny pine needles on tree tops.

"You know how birds have knobby knees?" asks chief corporate officer Sean Otto. "Check this out."

He lifts a business card to the upper left corner of one image to the tiny spindle legs of a beach bird sitting on a boulder.

"You can see the knobs on the legs!" he said. "It’s amazing."

Kai Bolger is the gallery director and Suzanne Lieppe is at the gallery as an art consultant.

Rodney Lough Jr. Wilderness Collections Gallery

545 B Main St., Park City

615-1777


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