Photographer Aquelidio Manuel Rodrigues is February’s Artist of the Month in the Jean Picker Room of Camden Public Library, Atlantic Avenue. The public is invited to an opening reception Saturday, Feb. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Rodrigues, whose studio and gallery are in Bangor, is fascinated by light, shadows and the silvery colors in reflection, and he calls his exhibit of color photographs “Shadows and Reflections.” The artist, known as “Rod,” will open the reception with introductory remarks about how he came to be a photographer.

Rodrigues began as a journalist in the army, traveling all over Viet Nam and then Germany, “but of course back then if I needed a photographer I just got on the phone,” he said. He began to travel to Russia in 1991. A well-known painter named Olga Palchevskaya looked at one of his photographs and said she would like to show him something.

“Every artist begins with a point. I’ve found the point in this photograph. Every single line in this photograph is just right,” she said.

“That was my instant! That was the moment I began to believe in my photography. It was like a magic carpet,” said Rodrigues.
The photographer uses no filters, flash or tripod. He said this practice leads him to do things and try things “they wouldn’t want you to do in photography school.”

“Shadows & Reflections” is on display all month. For more information, call 947-8000 or send e-mail to bydesign2@gwi.net.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.