When I asked readers to guess who took that beautiful shot of Bridgeport — unlike anything that’s ever been taken before — was there any doubt who it was?
Morgan Kaolian/AEROPIX … that’s how we credit him in the Post whenever he contributes his awe-inspiring aerials, taken with one hand while he pilots his small plane overhead. If you’re of a certain age, you remember Morgan giving the traffic reports from his helicopter when WICC was at its best.
City Lights Gallery’s first-ever solo show on Jan. 19 will feature Kaolian’s work. It will be fittingly called “City Under Lights.”
“I am pleased that we are so lucky to be able to have gotten another opportunity to celebrate the art, culture and heritage of Bridgeport through this exhibit,” says gallery director Suzanne Kachmar.
Kachmar tells me that according to Morgan and Jim Wilson at Milford Camera, there is a new Nikon lens that enables the artist to take night pictures with clarity from the airplane.
Morgan will display 30 images, mostly night shots, focusing on the Park City from a bird’s eye perspective.
“Morgan is someone local that young people making a career in the arts should know about,” says Kachmar. “Morgan has found a way to take two passions, flying and photography, and revel in them. He is full of enthusiasm and energy and a pleasure to work with.
“”I recently was on a long trip which required several plane rides,” says Kachmar. “As I ascended and descended, I saw the world from different heights. There is something toy-like or model-like about the view of from the air. All the irregularities and details are not truly visible to the human eye. The lines from this height are clean, the brightest lights and largest forms dominate the composition. Seeing views from this perspective gives the viewer a sense of freedom and objectivity. It manifests how areas, buildings, roads, waterways are laid out and well look from the top down.
“Viewers will have an opportunity to study iconic Bridgeport locations, or architecture from this point of view rather than a fleeting moment as in plane ride where the image swiftly passes out of our range of vision.”
A second solo show, in June, will feature Hamden artist Bob Gregson.