CARBONDALE – The Chamber Gallery is delighted to announce the opening Spring exhibit entitled, “The Windows of the Soul – Through the Eyes of Photographers Nanci Hendrickson, Jr Regelesky and John Budash.”

These three photographers represent a remarkable photographic collection on display starting April 7th.

An opening reception will be held Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 7 to 9 p.m. The reception will feature song stylist Sandra Anderson who will bless the evening with her extraordinary voice and original songs of spirit and prayer.

The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

The great French photographer Henri Cartier Bresson revealed in his book, “The Mind’s Eye:” “To photograph is to hold one's breath when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”

In the exhibition “The Windows of the Soul,” the three photographers capture truth and reflect their own soul.

Nanci Hendrickson is an accountant by trade and yet has seemed to absorb twenty five years of photographic knowledge into merely four years. Nanci’s work displays a high degree of professionalism and artistic expertise with her own individual style.

“Hendrickson, Regelesky and Budash all possess an innate artistic gift which is exceptional and The Chamber Gallery is pleased to be offering this unique and atmospheric exhibition,” stated Ruthanne Jones, director of The Chamber Gallery.

Visitors to the exhibition will experience a beautiful show of color and monochromatic works that express the artisitc souls of these photographers.

Nanci Hendrickson described how she picks her subjects to photograph.

“There is so much that goes unnoticed in everyday life that is easy to overlook,” Hendrickson said. “I like the ability to be able to capture that beauty the way I see it and reveal it to others.”

For a photographer, there's always the consideration of the audience the images are captured for. Often, that audience is the photographer themselves.

“First and foremost, the images I capture are for me,” Hendrickson said. “When I am composing a shot, there has to be an inspiration, something that sparks the creative part of my brain to capture the moment. It is my hope that in sharing these images with the viewer, they take away the mood, feeling and beauty that I see before my eyes and my lens.”

Jr Regelesky focuses on his work's affect on the viewer.

“Touching another human's heart is more rewarding than anything else in this world,” said Regelesky. “It's even better if other people see what I see. It makes me happy, especially when it makes them feel better, less alone, or brings a little piece of beauty they would not have seen. This world is a beautiful gift.”

Regelesky continued by explaining what his work means to him.

“I do what I do because it is the only way I can express myself clearly,” Regelesky explained, “to satisfy a deep need to maintain inner peace. I photograph the image with a feeling that touches my soul.”

John Budash has lived in Carbondale for the last 30 years and studied the painstaking process of “darkroom photography” under the direction of Harold Murphy at Scranton Photo and Cliff Procoff at Keystone College.

All of Budash’s images in the exhibition were his original negatives printed digitally.

Street photography appeals to John because of his innate sense of curiosity and inquisitiveness in the everyday world around him. He likes to imagine what is going on in the minds of the people he photographs and how they live their lives.

Budash is captivated by the way in which he will happen upon the scene before him. He will often return to a place he has photographed and observe the changes that have taken place in the years since he took the original photograph.

“I recently went back to the place where I photographed the bricked–in window which is in the show,” Budash said. “It is now covered in aluminum siding. Something rustic and uniquely interesting has now been made common and very uninteresting—just ordinary. Change is always happening.”

You can visit The Chamber Gallery Facebook page for more information and to see examples of these photographers'/ work.

From Nanci Hendrickson’s haunting realism of timeless places of peace to Jr Regelesky’s country walks and John Budash’s deep black and white photography that comment on the times, there's something fascinating to observe in every work of art in the exhibition.

The Chamber Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special viewings on the weekends can be made in advance by calling The Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce 570-282-1690 to set a reservation.

The Chamber Gallery, located in the lobby of the historic Dime Bank Building, now known as The Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Building on 27 North Main Street in Carbondale.