A New Show—A World of Light: Photographs 2007-2017

By Richard Trenner—Runs to End of the Year in Princeton

A World of Light: Photographs 2007-2017 is a one-man retrospective show running from Nov. 3 through the end of 2017 at The Present Day Club, 72 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ.

The show includes some 35 color and black-and-white photographs in various sizes and genres. While many of the photographs are of people and scenes from Princeton and the NJ shore, others range from the Maine coast to the Napa Valley and from Paris to Istanbul.

The Present Day Club, which is open to visitors weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is at the corner of Library Place and Stockton Street (Rt. 206)—about a five-minute walk from Princeton University and a one-minute walk from Princeton Theological Seminary.

A long-time Princeton resident, Trenner is a writer, editor, and writing teacher as well as a photographer. He began making photographs with a single-lens reflex camera when he was 12 years old. Several thousand photographs and many years later, he received formal recognition for his work when his photograph, “Figure in a French Garden,” was named best-in-show at the annual Focus on Sculpture juried competition at Grounds for Sculpture in NJ.

“As someone who loves to look at nature, people, and art,” Trenner said recently, “I’m drawn to objects and scenes that join natural with human-made elements. Two examples from the show: first, the surreal (but real) juxtaposition of symbol-laden structures in a cemetery, next to a brewery, near an airport, beneath a winter sky in Elizabeth and Newark, NJ (“Flights of Angels”); second, a magnificent house of worship, lit by sunshine yet overhung by storm clouds, in Istanbul (“The Blue Mosque”).

In the past decade, Trenner has had a dozen solo shows, been selected for some 30 juried competitions, won a number of awards, and had several of his photographs published in books. Today, his work is in some 60 private collections and a few institutional collections.