Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main St., will host an artist talk with Portland documentary/street photographer Nick Gervin Saturday, July 1. The talk will start upstairs at 1 p.m. and will last about an hour, with a Q&A to follow. Gervin will show slides and discuss his current solo show on the gallery’s second level.

Gervin uses a bright flash on a Fujifilm camera, which creates a high contrast black and white image and often solicits an expression of surprise from the subject. He organizes manmade light, inanimate objects, colorful people and buildings into work that dances between photojournalism and narrative fine art.

Because of his own personal struggle with alcoholism and drug abuse (he has been clean for eight years), his work is sensitive and honest. He views people with compassion, and wants us to pay attention to the overlooked and ignored members of our communities. He is out in the city making images at all hours of the day and night; they range from tender moments between a couple to more challenging scenes of fireman tending to house fires, street fights and arrests.

Gervin’s images have been featured in many newspapers and magazines including a written review in The Huffington Post. His solo show runs through Monday, July 3, and Carver Hill will offer a promotion on prints to those attending the talk. For more information, call 594-7745 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or