“Infrared Adirondacks,” a collection of photographs by Phil Gallos, will be the featured show at the Adirondack Artists Guild for the month of February. It will open on Friday, Feb. 2 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., right across the street from the Harrietstown Town Hall, where the coronation of the king and queen of this year’s Saranac Lake Winter Carnival will take place at 7:30 pm. The exhibit will run through Sunday, March 3.
On Sunday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m., Gallos will speak at the gallery about his developing interest in infrared photography, explain some of the technicalities and challenges of the medium, and describe how infrared fits his personal aesthetic. He will then give background information on some of the images and answer audience questions.
Born in Manhattan in 1948, Phil Gallos received his first camera when he was six years old – a gift from his father – and has been photographing ever since. He learned basic darkroom technique from Bill McLaughlin, Sr., at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in Saranac Lake, NY, and worked for the Enterprise as a reporter/photographer/darkroom technician from 1971 to 1976. He studied photography under Helmmo Kinderman at the Lake Placid School of Art for four semesters, 1975-77. Gallos made the transition from film to digital media in 2003.
In addition to the Enterprise, his photographs have appeared in a variety of publications over the last forty-five years, including Adirondack Life magazine and the Adirondack Life Calendar. His work has been displayed in many juried and invitational shows as well as several solo exhibitions. His oeuvre includes architectural studies, landscapes, nature photography, night photography, nudes, portraits, and street photography. Gallos became interested in infrared photography while experimenting with infrared film in 1974. He began making infrared photographs digitally in 2008.
Gallos lives and works in Saranac Lake.
The Adirondack Artists Guild is a cooperative retail art gallery representing a diverse group of artists residing and working in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondack Park. The Adirondack Artists Guild is located at 52 Main Street in Saranac Lake, and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. The Adirondack Artists Guild is on Facebook, Instagram, and on the web at https://www.adirondackartistsguild.com/.
Photo at top: West Branch Ausable River by Phil Gallos. Photo provided by Eleanor Sweeney of the Adirondack Artists Guild.