Patti Witten ~ First and Last Light in Freeville: The landscape seen from one place

April 1, 2015 - April 26, 2015

DSCN8455The G[email protected] is pleased to present Patti Witten, fauxtographer. First and Last Light in Freeville: the landscape seen from one place opens Wednesday, April 1st and will hang in the Gallery through Sunday, April 26th. Please join us for an opening reception on Thursday, April 16th from 4-6 pm.

Patti Witten has been photographing sunrises, sunsets and scenes from a single spot in Freeville, NY for more than four years. All of the photos in her [email protected] show were taken from this single lucky spot, facing east or west or simply “up.” The distant hills of Yellow Barn State Forest to the east can be seen in many shots. Patti values being rooted in a place and is fascinated by the changeability of one view. She loves the solitude and the indifference of this landscape as it puts on a grand show for no one.


Although she was a classically trained violinist and flutist in her youth, Patti has practiced a DIY ethic throughout her creative life. Following this theme, she calls herself a “fauxtographer” — not because her photos are overly edited or digitally altered, but because she is self-taught, self-directed and independent in her approach to learning and execution.

Her first cameras were a Kodak Instamatic and a Speedex micro camera made in Japan in the 1950s. Her current show was shot with a Nikon Coolpix P510 digital camera and edited in iPhoto and Photoshop. They are printed on HP and Kodak papers on a large format color HP inkjet printer, a lucky find that had been donated to the Fingerlakes Re-Use Center.


After graduating from Ithaca College in 1979, Patti supported herself as a landlord and graphic artist. She created illustration and layouts for books, catalogs, print ads, magazines, flyers, and newsletters and taught desktop publishing to adult learners at T-S-T BOCES in Ithaca.

In 1997 she turned her creative energy to music full-time after being invited to attend songwriting workshops with Rosanne Cash. Through 2006 Patti recorded CDs, toured and earned many songwriting awards. Currently she works for the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, takes on freelance graphic work, and operates a guest suite in her home. She continues to write songs and has hosted a local songwriters group for more than 15 years. For more information on Patti, her music and her art, head on over to her website at

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