The Big is Better Exhibit of Fine Art Photography held its opening reception at Abbott’s Grill on Friday, June 1. The exhibit featured photography by artists including Kevin Fleming, April Abel, Bob Connelly and Pamela Bieler and can be seen adorning the walls of Abbott’s Grill’s dining rooms through July 9.
Photography has dramatically changed over the last several decades evolving from dark rooms to digital cameras but the art of fine photography still remains a talent that few possess. Starting as a stringer for the State News, Kevin Fleming has become somewhat of a photography icon in the state of Delaware. His freelance work with several Delaware newspapers enhanced his love for photography and built the foundation that would lead him to become a photographer for National Geographic and publish books on Delaware and the nation.
“I love projects,” stated Mr. Fleming when asked what inspires his photography in his bestselling books Wild Delaware and Wild Delmarva. “Everyday at sunrise for a year and eight months of my life I was out there shooting something. It is difficult to get not just a picture of a duck but a moment, an action, in the right light and the exact right time.”
Mr. Fleming was joined by fellow Milfordian and photographer Bob Connelly at the event on Friday evening. Bob coordinated the event with Abbott’s Grill and helped coordinate more than 10 fine art photographers for the exhibit. Bob found his love for photographer while serving the United Stated in Vietnam.
“I was a kid from New York flying in a helicopter over Vietnam and I decided to take photographs with my point and shoot camera. When I got the photos back it was a wow moment, I was hooked.”
Mr. Connelly went on to get his Studio Arts degree at Arizona State University. He is now a large advocate for the arts in Milford and a very active member in the Mispillion Art League in downtown Milford.
“It is becoming more and more important to appreciate fine photography when you see the art work of a true photographer,” commented Bob when asked about the increased use of digital cameras by the public.
The exhibit at Abbott’s Grill can be seen through July 9 with a portion of the sales benefiting the Home of the Brave Foundation that serves homeless veterans in the local area.