by Lexi Nemeth
One of the greatest opportunities at the Houston Photographic Society and a measure of our own assignments is the yearly Portfolio Review.
I try to complete my portfolio every year. However, when I start to work on something challenging and new for myself, I just need more time so that my in-progress portfolio will shift to the following year.
As a long-time HPS member, I received many useful suggestions from my fellow HPS members, respected peers and our Portfolio Review critique/discussion judges. They all helped me fine tune my vision, think more about my images, and have inspired me to improve my photography and interpret my images better. This resulted in my successful participation on group and solo exhibitions, art shows and print sales.
My best images are part of my “Drops”, “Reflections” and “Doors and Windows” portfolios.
I tried to do something different in 2010, and presented my “Infra Vision” in-progress portfolio.
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The “Infra Vision” series represents parts of my dreams and childhood remembrance of fairy tails and ghost stories, revealing messages from the unknown as well as the future.
The photographs were taken during this summer’s trip (2010) to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. I have been there several times. But this time, I visited the Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces and the Lower Geyser Basin to record the unpredictable geothermal activity with my infrared camera.
It was amazing to see all that the infrared camera could detect in the surrounding landscape that is normally invisible to the human eye and how it translated that vision to unusual black and white images. Slowly, the mysteries and secrets of the geysers were revealed to me and I was happy to have discovered this new infrared “Infra Vision.”
I always seek to explore the situations in our natural environment in which the light causes some unique effects. This portfolio of work shows a magical and secret world revealed through the infrared spectrum and challenges the viewer with a different perspective on our fragile natural surroundings.
Alexandra Nemeth is a Mohs histology technician at the Dermatology Surgery Associates during the week, and a nature photographer on the weekends. She was born and raised in Hungary, traveled throughout Europe, and the USA, finally settling with her family in Houston, Texas in 1990.
She always loved nature and she was happy when she was able to visit her Grandma in a small village near the Danube River. She met her husband, Dr. Laszlo Perlaky in a research lab. Fortunately both of them were interested in nature and liked to participate in nature protection projects. They worked in nature conservancy camps where their mission was to plant conservation ideals of our natural world into the kids.
She started to take nature and travel photographs seriously in the past ten years. She became a member of the Houston Photographic Society, where she enjoys the challenging print competitions and critiques.
She does not like to carry a big lens, especially not with a heavy tripod, so she started to photograph close-ups, landscapes, and not-too-difficult wildlife. She loves to find, observe and photograph bugs, patterns, and small things.
At the present time, she uses her Nikon DSLR system, including her infra-red DSLR camera. She has successfully participated in international photography contests, and exhibited her work at major art festivals.