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Photographs of Southcentral Kentucky Featured in Photography Exhibit

Posted on Wednesday, November 04, 2009 [10:18 AM]

David Goguen001 October 19, 2009
LWC Associate Professor of Journalism David Goguen shot scenes in Southcentral Kentucky, the Atlantic region, Midwest and California for his exhibit "Sacred Time: Journeys from Dusk to Dawn."

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Southcentral Kentucky's landscape impressed David Goguen moved to Southcentral Kentucky, he noticed the region's beautiful landscape. It was a characteristic that many longtime residents and natives often taken for granted.
But area residents will have an opportunity to see the region in a different light through a collection of photographs in "Sacred Time: Journeys from Dusk to Dawn," an exhibit now on display through Nov. 19 in the Lindsey Wilson College Lucretia C. Begley Art Gallery.
The exhibit features more than 20 black-and-white prints of images taken in Adair, Green, Nelson and Russell counties, and also in the Atlantic region, Midwest and California.
Goguen, who is LWC associate professor of journalism, shot the pictures over several years while traveling and living in various locations. Most of the images were shot in low-light levels, giving the appearance they were captured at the beginning or end of a day.
"While meditating at night, I've heard heating ducts expand and click in the walls," Goguen said. "I've heard the wind make antenna wire flap in the eaves. I've heard the footfalls of a cat moving across the carpet, and I've heard the miracle of my own breath entering and leaving my body. 
"While mindful of these things, the confusion and stress of the day dissolves into a mental warmth I am at a loss to explain. It becomes a sacred time where I feel connected to all that surrounds me. It's a moment where I feel a connection to the divine."
Goguen  said that photography "provides me with a heightened sense of awareness and connection to my environment."
"In the moments leading to the capture of an image, I am aware that I am stepping out of ordinary time and into sacred time," he said. "I have no sense of audience, but an overwhelming gratefulness for the scene that has presented itself."
Goguen said he is fascinated with the possibilities opened up by low-lit photography.
"My interest in low-light photography lies with my personal fascination with night, both in real and metaphorical terms," he said. "We normally reserve night for sleeping, and as a result, miss its visual wisdom and beauty. … These photographs attempt to chronicle the visual wisdom that dusk, night, and morning present."
"Sacred Time: Journeys from Dusk to Dawn" by David Goguen is on display through Nov. 19 in the Lindsey Wilson College Lurcretia C. Begley Gallery, located in the W.W. Slider Humanities Center. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Goguen at goguend@lindsey.edu or (270) 384-8241
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Southcentral Kentucky's landscape impressed David Goguen moved to Southcentral Kentucky, he noticed the region's beautiful landscape. It was a characteristic that many longtime residents and natives often taken for granted.
 
But area residents will have an opportunity to see the region in a different light through a collection of photographs in "Sacred Time: Journeys from Dusk to Dawn," an exhibit now on display through Nov. 19 in the Lindsey Wilson College Lucretia C. Begley Art Gallery.
 
The exhibit features more than 20 black-and-white prints of images taken in Adair, Green, Nelson and Russell counties, and also in the Atlantic region, Midwest and California.
 
Goguen, who is LWC associate professor of journalism, shot the pictures over several years while traveling and living in various locations. Most of the images were shot in low-light levels, giving the appearance they were captured at the beginning or end of a day.
 
"While meditating at night, I've heard heating ducts expand and click in the walls," Goguen said. "I've heard the wind make antenna wire flap in the eaves. I've heard the footfalls of a cat moving across the carpet, and I've heard the miracle of my own breath entering and leaving my body. 
 
"While mindful of these things, the confusion and stress of the day dissolves into a mental warmth I am at a loss to explain. It becomes a sacred time where I feel connected to all that surrounds me. It's a moment where I feel a connection to the divine."
 
Goguen  said that photography "provides me with a heightened sense of awareness and connection to my environment."
 
"In the moments leading to the capture of an image, I am aware that I am stepping out of ordinary time and into sacred time," he said. "I have no sense of audience, but an overwhelming gratefulness for the scene that has presented itself."
 
Goguen said he is fascinated with the possibilities opened up by low-lit photography.
 
"My interest in low-light photography lies with my personal fascination with night, both in real and metaphorical terms," he said. "We normally reserve night for sleeping, and as a result, miss its visual wisdom and beauty. … These photographs attempt to chronicle the visual wisdom that dusk, night, and morning present."
 
"Sacred Time: Journeys from Dusk to Dawn" by David Goguen is on display through Nov. 19 in the Lindsey Wilson College Lurcretia C. Begley Gallery, located in the W.W. Slider Humanities Center. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Goguen at goguend@lindsey.edu or (270) 384-8241.
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