One could do worse than visit the locales documented by three of the featured photographers on view at Bethesda’s Waverly Street Gallery. Duncan Whitaker captures smooth, gently shadowed rivulets of beach sand in black-and-white. Barbara French Pace documents overlooked details from worn, wooden architectural facades, some in cinnabar red and others weathered gray. Meanwhile, Richard Lasner’s “watercolor” photographic prints frequently blaze with color – rich blue sky and water at Angkor Wat; a gloriously colorful array of lanterns for sale in Vietnam; strings of twinkling lights hung above a street. A few of Lasner’s works are striking, such as the curious yin-yang pattern veiled behind a wall of sprig-like plants, but some of his otherwise well-chosen images are undercut by being enlarged beyond the limits of their ideal resolution. The fourth artist, Ruth Viktoria Ward, breaks from the pack with an assemblage in which she sews old photograms of ferns, pine needles and other plants on a cloth hanging.
Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Highway, Bethesda, Md. (301) 951-9441. Open Tues-Sat 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.