Gaslight Art Colony is pleased to present an exhibit by artists
and photographers Jim McMullen and Bob Riseling. This exhibit
will open with an Artists’ Reception on Saturday, April 19th
from 6-9 p.m. The exhibit can be viewed during regular gallery
hours until Saturday, May 10th.
Jim McMullen is a fine art photographer who has been looking through
lenses much of his life. Trained as a microbiologist/biochemist, he
spent over 30 years as a research microbiologist looking through
microscope lenses. Early in his career, he developed an interest
in photography and was fascinated by the precision of lenses and
cameras. His eye for detail and his chemistry background were great
assets for darkroom developing and printing. He was very technical
and kept a log of film and shutter speeds, f-stops, and lighting
conditions that affected taking the photograph and another log in
the darkroom for developing and printing times and conditions as
well as the formulas for the various solutions. His photographs
were simply shared with family and friends. After a satisfying
scientific career and early retirement, he switched to digital
technology and started exhibiting and entering art and photography
shows. He now uses a digital single-lens reflex camera, imports
the images to his laptop computer, and prints his own photographs
with a large-format printer using long-lasting pigment inks.
The best photographs require no adjustment, but when desired,
he uses Photoshop and other computer software to alter and enhance
the final product. The camera and computer software now keep track
of the technical information allowing him to concentrate more on
composure and aesthetics. He still uses a lot of manual settings
on his camera, but with all of the automatic features on digital
cameras today, almost anyone can get good photos. Jim’s favorite
subjects are landscapes, flowers, animals, architecture, old cars
and trucks, barns and almost anything unusual. He believes that
photography is not only a way to capture beauty and to record events
but also a means to express one’s personality.
Bob Riseling is a photographer based in Effingham, IL. He developed
a strong interest in photography during his senior year in high school.
He was the school photographer for two years while attending John A.
Logan College in Carterville, IL. Upon graduation Bob transferred
to Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where he majored in
photography with a minor in Art History. He also worked as a
photojournalist for the Southern Illinoisan regional newspaper.
After marrying in 1974, he decided that secure employment would
take precedence over his photographic pursuits. His goal was to
retire early and return to photography. Bob was able to retire in
2007 and revive his passion for photography. He soon made the
transition from film photography to digital photography. Working
in the digital format has allowed Bob to approach photography on an
intuitive level that he could not have achieved with traditional film
and darkroom techniques. He finds that there are a seemingly endless
number of ways to work with his images in the digital world. This
technology has allowed him to challenge long held ideas and approach
his subject matter in a much less restrained manner. Bob photographs
common objects that we see every day. He then manipulates these images
into varying degrees of abstraction, presenting depictions of real
objects in thought provoking ways. He hopes to engage the viewers,
piqued their curiosity and involve them in his photographs.
Gaslight Art Colony is a Not-for-Profit organization dedicated to
broadening an appreciation of the Arts by providing opportunities
that promote awareness, participation and understanding through
fine arts exhibitions, classes and workshops. The gallery is located
at 516 Archer Avenue in Marshall, IL. You can contact the gallery
through the website www.gaslightartcolony.com, on Facebook:
Gaslight Art Colony, by email at
by calling 217-808-2115.