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Bank of the Islands to host Buck Ward photography exhibit

By Staff | May 29, 2018

Buck Ward

Bank of the Islands will showcase the photography of Buck Ward from June 4-18 on Sanibel.

“Mr. Ward’s photographs of Florida’s Gulf Coast, particularly those captured on Sanibel, are truly breathtaking,” Sanibel-Captiva Office Vice President and Manager Willy Ocasio, said. “We invite our customers and neighbors to stop by our Sanibel office to see some examples of his work.”

In his artist’s statement, Ward shared that:

“Along the south Gulf coast of Florida where I live, there are few grand vistas or scenic overlooks. This rapidly urbanizing area has been one of the fastest growing in the country. There are some beautiful natural places here but every year it gets harder and harder to find a scene that hasn’t been spoiled by the hand of man. I try to find the bits of beauty, the natural interstices in the urban coastal landscape. To find art among the myriad signs, poles, wires and parking lots, to find a beach not crowded with people, a horizon with no cell tower – that is my challenge. I try to use the light, the sky and clouds, the water, to enhance the built environment, to reveal the art of nature in the mundane works of humans. I make pictures of our local landmarks. How many ways can I photograph the Sanibel lighthouse?

Between the Everglades and the Gulf of Mexico, among the housing tracts, condos, shopping malls and tourist resorts, there are natural habitats that have been spared, where wildlife thrives. The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Estero Lagoon, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Venice Rookery and other such places attract bird photographers from all over. I am lucky enough to live here. I love to photograph the birds. I can’t resist the dance of the reddish egret.”

Visitors are invited to enjoy a cup of coffee and baked cookie while viewing the photography.

The Sanibel branch is at 1699 Periwinkle Way.

For more information, visit www.buckward.net or call 239-823-8401.