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This magic 'Moment'

Photos, pottery and sculpture on display at In Your Eye Studio and Gallery

Courtney Silva March 16th, 2011

As a photographer, living in the moment is a sentiment near and dear to Carl Shortt Jr.’s heart.

Shortt, along with potter Michelle Phillip Junkin and sculptor Dan Garrett, currently is displaying his work in the exhibit “Living in the Moment,” at In Your Eye Studio & Gallery, 3005-A Paseo.

Each artist’s work is a reflection of moments in time, something that Shortt said he has enjoyed capturing since an early age.

“I’ve been a photographer for about 15 years, but I’ve had a camera in my hand for as long as I can remember, because my father was an enthusiastic photographer as well,” he said. “The very purpose of a camera is to capture little moments in time, whether it’s leaves on a tree or two people having a conversation.”

By using beautiful lighting and shadows to create compelling images, Shortt said that he likes to photograph everyday objects that one normally may not notice, like a rusty bolt or a nail, and turn them into something eye-catching and unique.

“Windows” is among the work of local photographer Carl Shortt Jr., an early adopter of the digital camera.

“I like when people can look at my images and create a story about them in their head,” he said. “I don’t want them to think about my story. I want the images to remind them of some experience that they’ve had in their own life.”

“Living in the Moment” remains on display through March 26. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, call 525-2161 or visit —Courtney Silva

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