These two superb photographers each tried something new and wonderful in their exhibitions at Etherton Gallery this season. Breakey is best known for her brightly painted photos of dead birds and lizards, magnified to monumental size. This time, in Slow Light, she exhibited small, quiet black-and-white landscapes, each pierced by shafts of light, with sun filtering down through trees or gleaming in the sky. Robinson last dazzled with her color photos of snowbound landscapes, where all sound seemed to be muffled by the blanket of white. In This Land, This Sea, Robinson also switched to black and white, and went from tranquil to tumultuous. She turned her lens on the raging North Atlantic, recording the mesmerizing crash and fall of the waves in never-ending repetition.
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