February 13, 2021
Ronald Beverly is a photographer/digital imagist residing in the DMV (District, Maryland and Virginia) for over 30 years. His academic studies produced a BFA from Howard University and an MFA from George Washington University. Inspired by the masters of large format film camera work, Ronald developed a sensibility towards texture and detail by emphasizing the tactile quality of the elements within the photographic composition. In addition, the need to capture and finesse the elusive quality of light are recurring characteristics in his work. Over time Mr. Beverly pursued a commitment to the craftsmanship, aesthetics and philosophies of photography while bridging the gap between conventional film and digital imaging. This level of commitment allowed Mr. Beverly to appear as a panelist/presenter during the 2011 and 2012 SECAC (Southeastern College Art Conference) annual conferences giving papers entitled Pixel Chiaroscuro: The Advancements and Enhancements of the Analog Image and B.R.E.W.: New Work in Collaborative Art respectively. Other recent accomplishments include pieces commissioned as part of a permanent installation in the MGM National Harbor and The Hotel University of Maryland, both in Prince George’s County, MD, a group exhibition at the Driskell Center titled Convergence: Jazz, Film and the Visual Arts at the University of Maryland/College Park, and a solo exhibition entitled A Point In Time at the Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD. These opportunities, along with being a guest panelist for the 2019 public art symposium: De-Mystifying Public Art and receipt of multiple Individual Artist Awards from the Prince Georges Arts and Humanities Council, provide encouragement and support to continue exploration refining bodies of work relevant to the artist’s vision and expression.
Photography has been in existence for over two centuries now. Technology has evolved from understanding the physics and science of light transmission with film capture and chemical reactions in the wet lab to the algorithms and pixel-based construction of a digital image. Cameras were once bulky and cumbersome objects that had to be transported by mule or backpack, but can now fit in your pocket. As a result, more people than ever are engaged in the act of picture taking but learning less if anything about photography. This lecture will bridge the gap between the snapshot and making a photograph. Deconstruct the current technology of digital capture to its foundation and apply the same fundamental concepts that have been in existence for decades. With the understanding of camera settings, color, light quality and composition, your next images will be vastly improved, with better quality and a higher degree of satisfaction.
Date/Time: February 13, 2021 9:30-11:30 AM (following Guild meeting)
This will be a two-hour presentation. Please note the change from our usual meeting time. Also note that this program will not be recorded, so be sure to attend on Zoom for the live presentation.
Location: Online (Zoom)