Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Hibiscus. (Credit: Herb Kaplan)

Orange petals. (Credit: Herb Kaplan)

White rose. (Credit: Herb Kaplan)

US Navy Veteran and photographer Herb Kaplan’s show “Up Close and Personal: Nature At Its Essence” will be on display at Gallery 18 at the Riverdale Y through May 30. The community is invited to attend the opening reception scheduled for Sunday, May 5, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m..

With an engineering degree from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard, Kaplan has had a career in business in both the corporate world and as an independent consultant. For more than 10 years, Kaplan has been taking “up close and personal” photographs of flowers and plants. His works reveal the influence of famed artist Georgia O’Keeffe who explored the inherent beauty and shape of flowers. In many of Kaplan’s photographs, he imagined the way O’Keeffe would have viewed the flowers. A member of the Riverdale Art Association, Kaplan’s photographs have been shown at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism in New York City. 

Kaplan explained, “I want the viewer to be drawn into the essence of nature and be mesmerized by nature’s extraordinary beauty...the closer I get to a flower or plant the more it seems to reveal.” Many of Kaplans’ images were shot at Wave Hill in Riverdale and at the New York Botanical Garden.

Kaplan’s photographs capture nature’s essence from a different vantage point. The viewer is able to contemplate the extraordinary colors, patterns and geometry in the flowers he photographs. The extreme close up lens of Kaplan transports his audience to a “timeless place where a rose is not a rose, but a world of luscious shapes and colors.” Some of the photographs are cropped in such a way that viewers may not immediately recognize the subject, while the startling visual effects draw them into the mystery of nature’s inspiring beauty.

Gallery 18 at the Riverdale Y, located at 5625 Arlington Avenue, Bronx, NY, showcases the work of local artists representing a variety of media: oils, acrylics, pastels, photography, sculpture and pottery. A different artist is featured each month; all art is for sale with 20% of all proceeds going towards helping enhance cultural arts programming at the Y. For additional information, please contact Maria Neuda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  718-687-8025, or Hal Katz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  347-275-5459.


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