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November 18, 2013

Photographer James Neiss' works on display at conference center

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NIAGARA FALLS —

While Neiss said the exhibit showcases a bit of a return to his love of art photography, he admits he’s never strayed too far from an artistic touch, even in his news photographs.

“You can see in my enterprise photography there’s always an element of art,” he said. “The creative side of photography ... I’ve gotten into it moreso now. I became at one point frustrated with the limitations of news photography because you can’t lie, you can’t manipulate. There are rules to photojournalism.

“With Photoshop and other creative tools at your fingertips, I wanted to start enhancing some of the pictures I have. In doing so and in seeing other people’s work it kind of inspired me to go beyond the truth.”

So in these photographs, colors might shine brighter and others might be subdued, or clouds might pop out of a bright blue sky a little more than what one would see in nature.

But it’s not just Neiss’ artistic background that’s rubbed off on his journalism career. The reverse can be said to be true as well. In fact, some of the photos in the exhibit might be the result of being out on a completely different assignment for the Gazette.

“I prefer completely candid photos,” he said. “I like the spontaneity of photojournalism where you let things happen in front of you. Exploring the artistic side has opened my eyes even more. I see things I normally don’t see.

“I take pictures all day long and I’ll see something. I was driving down the street the other day and I saw a leaf blowing in the wind and it was attached to a spider web. I drove five or six houses past it, backed up and got the shot,” he added.

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