Cultural Center exhibit highlights some of Dartmouth’s best views
Sailboats resting peacefully on their moorings, vanishing into a haze of fog. Wildflowers swaying in the breeze as the last amber light of an August day cuts shallowly across a grassy field. Seafoam washing gently onto a sandy beach, rippling over salt-softened stones.
Local photographer Michael T. Morris was at the Dartmouth Cultural Center on Friday, July 1 to unveil his exposition highlighting some of Dartmouth’s most breathtaking views.
“People want local,” he said, explaining that many of his images are designed to appeal to local’s sense of pride and nostalgia for the town of Dartmouth. “I just want to bring a memory to someone.”
Morris, a native of Dartmouth who has been taking photos professionally for about eight years now, said that he started as a portrait photographer, but realized that the market was already saturated.
“There are so many photographers [around here] that do that so well,” he said.
In the end, Morris found that the best way for him to earn a living as a photographer was to capture the scenes in his own backyard.
“I’m a local and I want to make passive income and sell my work; and the best way I can do that is to capture where I live,” he said.
Morris’ portfolio features a variety of scenery, from panoramic, birds-eye views of Padanaram Harbor and Roundhill Beach, to closeups of wildflowers and ropewalks.
Lately, Morris said, he has been working with interior designers to tailor his images in a way that makes them easier to incorporate into people’s homes.
“It gives you a different perspective,” he said. “I’ve tried to get as neutral as possible.”
Morris said that images that feature mostly neutral colors are easier to find a place for because they “match with anything.”
“Not everyone wants a sunset,” he said. “If I’m neutral, I know I can be accessible to people and have a broader audience.”
Morris’ work will be on exhibit at the Cultural Center throughout July.
The Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, visit dartmouthculturalcenterinc.org.