St. Johns Cultural Council to present ‘Snapshot St. Augustine’ exhibit

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The St. Johns Cultural Council will present “Snapshot St. Augustine,” photographs by Kenneth M. Barrett Jr., on display in the Rotunda Gallery in the St. Johns County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View. The exhibit will open Tuesday and run through Oct. 22.

Prowling about the dune lines, tidal flats and Florida scrub, Barrett has been seen fiddling with his cameras and tripods in Anastasia Island State Park. Raised in St. Augustine, he continues to write the odd story now and then about marine-related activities.

The exhibit covers a wide range of events and activities in and around St. Augustine. The removal of historic and everyday structures, long lost signage, historic re-enactments, views of the shorelines and landscapes are captured using black and white film, color slide and print film and digital imaging. The snapshot idea is a reference to Ansel Adams who remarked that the snapshot allows us to record the everyday events which surround us, and later these take on a newer meaning.

“The snapshot is not as simple a statement as some may believe.  It represents something that each one of us has seen — more as human beings than photographers — and wants to keep as a memento, a special thing encountered,” Adams was quoted as saying.

Barrett also agrees with what Alfred Stieglitz said about vision and its execution.  “I believe that the artist and his art are only a part of the total human experience; the viewer in the world is the essential other part,” Barrett said.  “As a celebration of St. Augustine’s 450 years of rich history, these photographs are my view of our changing community.” 

The St. Johns Cultural Council will host an opening reception for the exhibit at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday. The administration building is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.