A Festival of the Arts visual delight

SHUTTERBUGS: Todd and Brad Reed will show off some of their best outdoor photography as part of the Festival of the Arts Celebration on Thursday. (Courtesy photo)

SHUTTERBUGS: Todd and Brad Reed will show off some of their best outdoor photography as part of the Festival of the Arts Celebration on Thursday. (Courtesy photo)

By Marilyn Keigley

Outdoor photographers Todd and Brad Reed (father-son team) of Ludington have been making spectacular images in Michigan for more than 35 years.

A walk through their gallery in downtown Ludington is a like seeing the “best of Michigan” in about 30 minutes, or much longer should you want to soak in the scenery.

Up and downCanvas, framed, and single photos can be purchased along with many of their books, including their “Tuesdays with Todd and Brad Reed, A Michigan Tribute” book containing 1,014 images displayed more than 400 pages. Every single Tuesday in 2012, they visited a location in Michigan’s Lower or Upper Peninsula, capturing landscapes, sunsets, animals, birds, lighthouses, flowers, barns, people, Mackinac Island, northern lights, city lights, and historic locations.

The Big Rapids Camera Club and the Festival of the Arts will host Todd and Brad Reed for a program featuring many Michigan photos from their 1,014 Michigan images in their latest book. The Reed’s photographic Festival of the Arts program on Thursday, Feb. 13 will be shown in the College of Business-FSU, Room 111.

In 2011, the Reeds were in the top 25 overall in Grand Rapids Art Prize with an image called “A Year Through Our Eyes.” The Art Prize entry included 730 photos, taken every single day of 2011, merged into a large 15-foot by 10-foot canvas. When you step back from the large canvas, you can see the shape of an eye in a mosaic affect.

The Reeds have won many national awards for their photography. You can view their work at www.toddandbradreed.com. Additionally, Todd Reed was in the Coast Guard Reserve for 33 years, winning the U.S. Coast Guard top “Outstanding Enlisted Reservist” in the nation in 1988.

Whether you “look” at photographic art, or take photos yourself, you will want to see the beauty of Michigan through their amazing photography.

The Big Rapids’ Camera Club hosted the Reeds a few years ago at our club and wanted to share them this time with the community. Remember, the best camera is the one with you, and now phone cameras are actually quite good!

Up and Down the River is sponsored by Artworks, a project partially funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities through Michigan Humanities Council.

The Artworks office is located at 106 N. Michigan Ave., in Big Rapids. President is Alice Bandstra; Jennifer Locke, executive director; Pat Heeter, gallery team leader; and Cathy Johnson, editor.

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