Photos by John Watson, including “Heceta Rocks” shot at Strawberry Hill Beach, will be featured at Dot Dotson’s Photo Finishing as part of his “Figuratively Speaking” exhibit, running Oct. 10 — Nov. 7.
Photos by John Watson, including “Heceta Rocks” shot at Strawberry Hill Beach, will be featured at Dot Dotson’s Photo Finishing as part of his “Figuratively Speaking” exhibit, running Oct. 10 — Nov. 7.
Photos by John Watson, including “Heceta Rocks” shot at Strawberry Hill Beach, will be featured at Dot Dotson’s Photo Finishing as part of his “Figuratively Speaking” exhibit, running Oct. 10 — Nov. 7.

A Lane marketing specialist will open his photography exhibit, “Figuratively Speaking,” Oct. 10 at Dot Dotson’s Photography.

John Watson, who works in Lane’s Music, Dance, and Theatre Department, received his Masters of Fine Art in photography from Texas A&M University and has worked with nude subjects since he graduated in 1977.

“Figuratively Speaking” is an exhibit of 12 black-and-white photos captured at the Oregon coast’s Strawberry Hill beach.

Watson said the ruggedness attracted him to the Oregon coast.

“I love shooting on the Oregon coast,” Watson said. “I’m from Texas where we have flat, wide, sandy beaches.”

Watson was accompanied by his twin-lense Mamiya c330 film camera and the model who was the subject of the photoshoot.

“The representation of the human form is one of the most challenging tasks an artist can undertake,” Watson said.

The subject of Watson’s exhibit chose to remain anonymous due to the nature of the photographs, Watson said.

“This project was a true collaboration,” Watson wrote in the event press release. “The model’s poses are her interpretation of my desire to record the human form echoing, complementing and contrasting the forms of the coast.”

Watson has been processing his film at Dot Dotson’s since he moved here in 2008.

“He’s got great work,” Annette Pfautz, Dot Dotson’s customer service representative, said. “He is a master of black-and-white media.”

William Rose Wines and the Oregon Wine Lab are sponsoring the event with a free wine tasting at the reception.

The Oct. 10 reception will begin at 4 p.m. at Dot Dotson’s at 1668 Willamette St. and will end at 6 p.m. The show will run through Nov. 7.

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