Photographs of Jonathan Sharlin on display at Bannister Feb. 3-23

Jonathan Sharlin. "Wadi Rum."
Bannister Gallery at RIC will present "Jonathan Sharlin: Here and There, Photographs" from Feb. 3-23. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 3.

Sharlin sees himself as a visual note-taker whose activity ranges from documenting earthworks to an on-going eighteen-year documentation of a one-square-mile island in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

In the project "From a Small Island," a place with layers of family memory, the camera records what the brain and eye does not see, giving form to the invisible, intangible echoes of the past. The work functions more as metaphor than document.

Sharlin’s Rhode Island landscape diptychs have grown out of his love of walking outdoors. These works illustrate how the process of seeing, with its variables of time and changing vantage point, can become part of the content.

Merging two or three views echoes the experiential quality of walking. Digital printing, a new format for Sharlin, allows him to present these views in a seamless form.

An avid traveler, Sharlin is interested in evidence that past civilizations have left on the landscape. Trips to Israel and Jordan have allowed him to shoot Nabatean (an ancient Semitic people) sites, as well as the desert landscape.

In addition to showing his work, Sharlin, a photography educator for 35 years, has invited four former students to exhibit in the Hall Space Gallery.

Jonathan Sharlin. "Double Bridge."

Gallery hours during exhibits are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Exhibits and events are free and open to the public. Accessible to persons with disabilities. For information on event dates and exhibit opening receptions, check the website at or call (401) 456-9765.