Sandy photo artist exhibits another view of the natural environment

Mike Earussi of Sandy could be described as a naturalist or preservationist, but he’s also a photographer.

Through photography for the past 40 years, Earussi has expressed his view of the natural world, hoping to give his viewers a new perspective on the environment in which they live.

A display of some of Earussi’s photos has been hung in the Sandy Public Library, and will remain displayed there until March 13, said Reference Librarian Kathleen Draine.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: MIKE EARUSSI - CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: MIKE EARUSSI In this abstract photo image, Mike Earussi of Sandy reveals what he calls the hidden dimensions of nature that the average person no longer sees. His work is on display through mid-March at the Sandy Public Library.Earussi laments the way our natural environment has been exploited and not appreciated for its spiritual value.

“Long ago, small tribes living among nature viewed all life as sacred, as having its own spirit, even its own form of consciousness,” Earussi said. “But, with ‘civilization,’ that view receded: Nature merely served us and was for our exploitation.”

Earussi’s photos go beyond the literal view of the natural habitat. They show a view seldom seen by the naked eye — all to raise the consciousness of many to the beauty he says we’re losing.

“The end result of our new spiritless civilized world view,” he said, “is the destruction of the only world we have to live in.

“My desire is to help people see what we’re about to lose through our insensitivity — to remind us that nature is alive, both spiritually as well as physically, and has a right to life equal to our own.”

Earussi has been using a variety of film types along with cameras ranging from 35mm to 4x5 format. Recently he switched to digital images, which gives him a great deal more flexibility in stretching the imagination with images that aren’t exactly literal.

“Through extensive manipulation with (photo enhancing software),” he said, “I’ve been able to enhance my photos to reveal this hidden dimension, in an effort to bring out the vision I see.”

That vision will remain on display for two months in the library, said Draine, who also is the library’s exhibit coordinator.

The exhibit has been titled “Flora Abstracted,” said Draine, who described the photos as “abstractions from the world around us.”

“Look again — to explore fully the photos of Mike Earussi,” Draine said. “The images will draw you in and make you think about what you are seeing.

“His images cause the viewer to reconsider what nature presents and to see it anew, with heightened respect.”

The Sandy Public Library is at 38980 Proctor Blvd., and is open seven days a week (closed Jan. 21 and Feb. 18). The library’s hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m.

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