Delmar photographer Joseph Schuyler was staying in Virginia with a friend when he had a vision one night in a dream of a great wall that faced the sky with an endless list of names inscribed on it. The next day, Schuyler visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and there was his dream right in front of his eyes.
We went just about sunrise, and I found it overwhelming, said Schuyler, who proceeded to take a picture of the monument with a super wide lens from an architectural camera.
"The night before I had this dream, and that was the picture," said Schuyler.
The picture Schuyler took has received national attention as a part of The Center for Fine Art Photography's sixth photographic exhibit of 2007.
The Center, based in Fort Collins, Colo., selected 50 black-and-white images from photographers throughout the United States, Canada and Great Britain for display during the show, which runs through Aug. 18.
"This work was one of the more interestingly crafted images," said Larry Padgett of the Center for Fine Art.
Schuyler has worked in photography for more than 30 years, and his clients include the Capital Repertory Theatre, Lake George Opera, and the Albany Institute of Art.
Along with the prestige of being viewed in a major art gallery out West, Schuyler's image of the Vietnam Memorial may also make it into a magazine.
"Ten images from the show could go into publication in the feature section for Camera Arts Magazine produced in Albuquerque, N.M.," said Padgett.
After working as an English teacher in the late '60s in Glouscester, Mass., Schuyler decided to become a freelance photographer after receiving his tenure. Through the years Schuyler's work has made it into several different exhibitions. He has also received two Kodak Gold Light Awards, and his work has been viewed in area galleries and regional galleries, including an exhibit in Cambridge, Mass.