Octane hosts book premiere

Besides a delightful dining experience, Octane InterLounge offers a book premiere and art opening with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, Nov. 24. Octane is at 124 N. Main St., downtown Rockford.

The book is All the World’s a Stage: Scenes From a Small Planet with photography by Ted Frericks.

Frericks explained what the medium means to him: “Art is what you make of it and what it makes of you. To me, photography is not just art, expression, emotion, form or composition; it’s a way of seeing the world. There are many wonderful photographers who have a spectacular imagination for subject and scene. There are thousands of excellent portrait photographers, nature photographers, architectural photographers, travel photographers and photojournalists. Documentary photography is a combination of all these.

“This is a form of photography that does not manipulate subjects in way of form or function—what you see is what you get. The challenge is to communicate this vision in a tangible and attainable way. Although the viewer may not ever know the whole story behind the picture, the importance of a photograph, any work of art, really, is for the viewer to get the moment—that’s all. They say every picture is worth 1,000 words. I agree with this statement and believe that talking about it takes something away from the moment.”

From the Nov. 22-28, 2006, issue

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