ELLSWORTH — Portland photographer Heath Paley, whose large–scale and high-definition photographs of 18 Maine downtowns were highlighted in a traveling exhibition at the Maine State House in Augusta and other venues in 2016-2017, turned his lens on Ellsworth as part of the series.
Those images are the focus of a show opening Wednesday, April 24, at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth. The show runs through May 15.
Paley, who with his wife recently purchased a second home in Ellsworth, will speak about his photographic process starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9. Refreshments will be served starting at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Paley uses cutting-edge technology called dye-sublimation, which permanently infuses the image into aluminum. His prints, which measure up to 96 inches in length, have great detail and resolution. He accomplishes this by using focus stacking to enhance his photographs’ depth of field. The images are then stitched together by overlapping each individual shot into a grid.
Paley’s final prints can contain as many as 100 images. He prefers this intricate process because the exceptional detail mimics how the eye/brain interprets an image, completely immersing the viewer into the photographs.
Paley holds a master’s degree in history from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in fine arts from Emerson College. He studied with Sam Abell at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport.
In 2016–2017, Paley’s photographs of Maine downtowns were highlighted in a traveling exhibition at the Maine State House in Augusta, the University of Maine’s Lord Hall Gallery (Orono) and Reed Gallery (Presque Isle). His work is in the collections of several museums, including the Portland Museum of Art.
Paley and his wife love Ellsworth, and they split their time between homes in the Hancock County seat and Portland. Paley has created over 40 large-scale photographs of Ellsworth.
Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court St. in Ellsworth. Spring Hours are from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, or by appointment. For more info, call 667-6611, or visit courthousegallery.com.
Attached images (High-res images available on request): Mike’s, dye-sublimation on aluminum, 39.5 x 80 inches Downtown Sunrise, dye-sublimation on aluminum, 95.5 x 34.9 inches 54.6 x 47 inches Heath Paley Portrait
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 8, 2019 Courthouse Gallery Fine Art Contact: Karin Wilkes [email protected] (207) 667-6611, cell (207) 266-5199 Heath Paley: Photographs of