UC Clermont hosts 'Abandoned' photographs

Art gallery exhibit features work by UC faculty member

The exhibition “Abandoned,” featuring images by photographer Eric Anderson, is on display in the Park National Bank Art Gallery at UC Clermont College Jan. 7-Feb. 5.

Anderson, who is an associate professor of electronic media communications at University of Cincinnati Blue Ash, said that empty buildings and other abandoned places have long been themes of his photography.

“It started by just stopping and noticing the empty buildings that everyone else walked past, ignored and forgot about,” Anderson said. “These forgotten places spoke to me, and I wondered what they were like on the inside. Eventually I got brave enough to find a way in, and I was inspired by what I found.”

In particular, Anderson said he found beauty in the decay of these forgotten spaces, and he has tried to expand that takeaway to other aspects of his life as well. “These experiences have made me realize that life is more appealing once you stop judging things by how they were supposed to be and accept them how they actually are,” he said. “It’s something I hope to do in other aspects of my life — and maybe I’m hoping other people will think that way about me, too.”

Before joining the faculty of UC Blue Ash, Anderson worked as an electronic video editor and videographer for WOUB TV and Radio in Athens, Ohio, and as a photojournalist, videographer, editor and production engineer for TV news stations in Toledo, Ohio, and Erie, Penn. He earned his master’s degree in interactive media from Ohio University.

The Park National Bank Art Gallery is located in the Snyder Building on the UC Clermont College campus in Batavia at 4200 Clermont College Drive. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. For more than 20 years, the spacious 1,000-square-foot gallery has offered visual art exhibits open to UC Clermont students, faculty, staff and the general public.