A native Portlander and photographer, Rodney J. Cartasegna was first introduced to the medium as a Forestry and Architecture student at Oregon State University. After taking a black and white photography class, he became so enamored, he decided to change his major and make photography his career. His decision paid off and shortly after graduation, Rod was honored to be one of Life Magazines award winners in its contest for young photographers thirty years old and younger. Rod has been nurturing and broadening his own visual and technical abilities over the last three decades. He is still passionate about his work and finds that ”it is still the light with its many moods and qualities, its purity, radiance and aura that inspires me to work with enthusiasm and passion. I believe that our spirit and soul is drawn to the light, whether it is consciously or unconsciously. It is the desire of the essence of our being, our soul and spirit to go back home and dwell in the presence and Eternal Light of our Creator.” The subjects of Rod’s exhibit will landscapes and still life. His work has a serene quality to it, yet he captures many subtle details.Photography is a bit of a departure for us, so we are looking forward to showing Rod’s beautiful images through July. Also, don’t forget, First Friday is upon us! July 6, 5-9 p.m.