September 12, 2013 to October 30, 2013
“As I sifted through Leonard Aschenbrand’s encyclopedic trove of images shot in Central Park, I began to see the Park through his eyes,” said Fountain Gallery manager Ariel Willmott, who organized the exhibition. “Len’s collection offers a getaway from hectic city life into moments of wonderment at the plants, wildlife, and grandeur of this place.”
Aschenbrand, a self-taught photographer, has logged countless hours capturing images of the inhabitants and vistas of Central Park. In all seasons, he has traversed the terrain of this legendary urban oasis, documenting birds and butterflies, flowers and trees, monuments and structures. The works presented in this exhibition range from the brilliantly hued “Peak Fall Colors” and “Monarch Butterfly Feeding” to the strikingly composed “Central Park South Through Tree Branches” and “Pagoda Reflection Two.” Also included among the show’s 39 works is the darkly haunting “Armageddon,” Aschenbrand’s distinctly original take on Bethesda Fountain and its crowning angel, photographed under a threatening winter sky.