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Bouler shows photos with texture, depth

Kim Bouler is the latest to present her artworks on exhibition at the Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital’s “The Exhibit,” showing her photographs from around Demopolis with a unique perspective of texture and light.

Rather than take direct photos of buildings and people, her photographs show different angles of features of buildings and walls in a perspective that jumps from the frame.

“I like a lot of texture and a lot of color,” she said. “It’s a lot of buildings and outdoors.

“I don’t do a lot of people, but it’s close-ups of things you might not recognize offhand and that people overlook that I think is really beautiful.”

Bouler’s interest in photography began when she took art classes at Demopolis High School. Then, at the University of Montevallo, she took an introductory photography class, and other classes after that.

Her first exhibition was at the Showcase at Lyon Hall earlier this year, which featured several area artists in different media, from painting to sculpture to photography.

“This is my first solo exhibit, which I’m really excited about!” she said.

Many of the frames around the photographs are old six-pane windows with the photos in each pane.

“I thought it would be something different,” she said. “I have the regular frames, and then do something different with others. I like the old wood, too.”

Bouler said she enjoys walking around and taking photos of things from a different perspective — the particular subjects on a brick wall, rather than the brick wall itself, for example.

“I’ll look at something and take a picture of it and, hopefully, bring another person’s attention to something they would overlook,” she said. “A lot of my stuff is cropped, zoomed in on particular things.”

Bouler said she enjoys shooting building because of the different textures.

Bouler is a 2001 graduate of Demopolis High School. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in marketing and business and art in December 2005 and her master’ degree in art education in December 2008 from Montevallo.

She is starting her second year as an art teacher and tennis coach at Pelham High School. She also works at a museum during the summer.

“A lot of times, the students get frustrated because they don’t realize how much work is put into art,” she said. “They need a lot of ego boosts to realize that it does take hard work to see their talent.”

Bouler’s exhibition will be on display through the month of September.