Photo exhibit opens Nov. 20 in Richland

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerNovember 16, 2012 

Charles Sundgren spent 30 years as a software analyst at Hanford.

When he got laid off last year, he decided to pursue his first love -- history. That led him to London and a series of photographs based on its vintage history.

London, an exhibit that transcends photography, makes its debut Nov. 20 at Washington State University Tri-Cities. A reception is from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in Room 102 in the CIC building on the Richland campus. Admission is free.

About 30 of Sundgren's photographs are featured in the show, plus he'll exhibit historic maps, archival prints and digitally manipulated panoramas, which are about 10 to 20 individual photos that overlap each other, then are stitched together using Adobe Photoshop, Sundgren said.

Those digitally-altered panoramas capture London from Roman times in 43 AD to the 2012 Summer Olympics.

"Five (of the 30) photos are 360-degree panoramic photos, taken in the early-morning hours during the 2012 Olympics," Sundgren said. "The 360-degree panoramics have taken over my photography. They distort the straight lines, but then, life has many distorted views."

The Richland man made his first trip to London in 1993 because of his love of history. He returned every few years to soak up a little more of the culture.

"England is so very different with its castles and cathedrals," he said. "It is such an international city with more than 250 museums, and I met so many diverse and unique individuals. The rich history lured me there the first time, and I just keep going back to see more.

"I dream of spending a whole year there someday."

Sundgren said he would rather pursue his dreams than lounge around doing nothing.

"Now that I'm free of Hanford, I want to do something a little different to make my mark, so to speak," he said. "I dream of a photo gallery exhibit in Seattle this spring and then on to London. I'm a 50-plus-year-old person who is following his dreams because it is never too late."

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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