Local photographer, Cliff Cleland will present a photographic exhibition called “Journeys: Near and Far” at The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway in downtown DeKalb from Tuesday to April 30. The opening reception is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. April 7.
Originally from the south side of Chicago, Cleland got his start in photography when his father gave him a used pocket Kodak folding camera after his twelfth birthday, and began taking black and white snapshots of his friends and family.
After high school graduation, Cleland enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Morocco for 14 months. While overseas he bought his first 35mm camera, an Argus, and was inspired to not only photograph his fellow airmen and the local villagers, but also the exotic landscapes and cities. The city of Tangier was his favorite.
Through time, travel and many camera upgrades, Cleland’s practiced eye has produced thousands of photographs. His journeys have taken him to scenic venues in the United States, Europe, Asia and after 53 years, Morocco. This exhibition will focus on memorable images of Colorado, Wisconsin, Illinois, Tennessee, Florida, Morocco, Venice and China; not only of landscapes but also of people, botanical and ornithological studies,and other interesting images that have crossed his path.
Cleland is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and served as counselor at Kishwaukee and Waubonsee Community Colleges. Cleland is retired and is a member of the Sycamore Library Photo Club.
The Art Box is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For further information, contact Daniel Grych at 815-758-0313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.