Local photographer recognized in magazine

November 18, 2007

Thomas Roach, of Joliet, is an acclaimed photographer who has just won a merit award for his montage piece, "Persistence of Images," and is being featured in a Black and White Magazine next month.

To celebrate, an artist's reception is planned from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at Calmer House Gallery, 352 Union St. in Joliet.

Henry Rasmussen, editor of Black and White, reports that 830 entries and 5,493 images were received for its Single Image Contest. The 8-year-old Bay Area-based magazine has a circulation of almost 40,000 and is printed in 48 countries.

Roach has been dabbling in photography's metaphor and abstract category for more than 30 years. He began shooting photographs and painting in high school and, in a written release, he said his early inspiration came from his two aunts who were members of the Joliet Artist League and his Joliet West High School art teacher, Marcie Long. All were modernist-style painters.

"I was producing work that would have been very cutting-edge about 25 years before I was born," he said.

In addition, Calmer House Gallery this month is showcasing "On the South Shore," a collection of photographs taken in and around the Indiana Dunes by Roach.

And speaking of photos ...

The Will County Ghost Hunters society returned to the P. Seth Magosky Museum of Victorian Life Nov. 10 as part of an upcoming TV show on Will County haunted places. They came away with a great photo of an apparition. The program will be broadcast from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. Jan. 25 on WJYS Channel 62. Visit www.aghostpage.com for additional photos.

Dawn Aulet is a Herald News features reporter who can be reached at daulet@scn1.com or (815) 729-6085.