Parker Loew’s photo exhibition now open
Northern Lakes Arts Association announced its latest art exhibition in collaboration with Ely’s Historic State Theater. “ISLANDLAND” by Parker Loew will grace the theater’s lobby from Sept. 18 to Oct. 1.
Northern Lakes Arts Association announced its latest art exhibition in collaboration with Ely’s Historic State Theater. “ISLANDLAND” by Parker Loew will grace the theater’s lobby from Sept. 18 to Oct. 1, offering a unique opportunity to immerse in the captivating world of this talented young artist.
Loew, a 24-year-old storyteller and explorer, brings a fresh perspective to the art scene. By day, he serves as a dedicated reporter for the Ely Echo. However, as the sun dips below the horizon, Parker transforms into an artist behind the lens, crafting visual narratives that capture the hidden beauty of the world.
Loew’s photographic journey commenced in an unexpected setting – as a bartender/server at Gunﬂint Lodge in 2021. In the serene morning hours before his shifts, he embarked on a visual odyssey through the pristine wilderness of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) and the rugged terrain of the Gunﬂint Trail. Armed with his trusty RB67 and RZ67 medium format film cameras, along with an impressive array of lenses, Loew set out to capture the very soul of the islands that dot this wilderness.
These islands, shrouded in early morning fog and bathed in the gentle embrace of dappled light, became Parker’s muse. They symbolized a harmonious blend of earth, trees, water, and sky. Each island emerged as a unique masterpiece, yet collectively, they embodied both isolation and unity in their islandhood.
What sets Loew apart in the world of photography is his unwavering commitment to the analog craft. He wholeheartedly embraces film photography, forsaking the convenience of digital technology in favor of forging a deeper connection with the landscape. With ﬁlm, Parker can’t continuously preview his shots, leaving ample room for spontaneity and genuine artistic expression. With every click, he takes a leap of faith, allowing the magic of film to unveil itself in due time.