Thursday, April 6, 2006

Living Waters, Still Life: The Chesapeake Photography of Mike Price on Exhibit, April 20-May 7

Chestertown, MD, April 6, 2006 — Washington College's Center for the Environment and Society, the Joseph H. McLain Program in Environmental Studies, and Department of Art present "Chesapeake Bay: Livings Waters, Still Life," a photography exhibition of the works of Mike Price, April 20 through May 7, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Custom House, 101 S. Water Street, Chestertown. Opening reception to be held 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 20. The event is free and open to the public.

British-born Mike Price traveled the world as a wildlife documentary filmmaker before making Maryland's Eastern Shore his home. Throughout his travels to exotic locales and his close encounters with some of the world's wildest creatures, Price also indulged his passion for the captured moment. His pursuit of the perfect photo has yielded a stunning collection of more than 10,000 still images of the world's richest natural treasures and the flora and fauna of the earth's vanishing wilds. Since his retirement from filmmaking in 1995, he has focused his lens on the Chesapeake Bay in all its subtleties and splendor. "Living Water, Still Life" is his traveling exhibition of the moments and fleeting scenes captured by patience and his camera, evoking the dance of light, water, and wings that reveal the soul of the Chesapeake Bay.

Price's documentary films have appeared worldwide on networks including the BBC, PBS, and locally on Maryland Public Television. A committed environmentalist with a passion for the Chesapeake, Price believes we must bring a greater sense of urgency to all efforts to counter the threats to the Bay's ecosystem. "Our utilization of the Bay as a source of recreation, seafood pantry, transient receiver of sewage and industrial wastes, shipping channel, and settling pond for fertilizers and herbicides has taken its toll. If the legacy to our grandchildren is not to be a lifeless ditch, now is the time for renewed efforts, creative solutions, and realistic funding to clean it up—along with demonstrations of public support that can be parlayed into action by governing bodies." As "Living Waters, Still Life" reveals, Price's "naked agenda of affection for the planet" has become a personal passion to preserve the Bay's unique magnificence.

For more information or directions, contact the Center for the Environment and Society at 410-810-7161.

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