Franka Gabler: With Open Senses

Exhibit Dates: 
Thursday, Sep. 10 to Saturday, Nov. 7


Eastern Sierra, by Franka GablerFranka M. Gabler has been drawing her inspiration from subtle, moody, often intimate landscapes – compositions somewhere between detail/abstract and the wider view, beyond a mere record of a particular location. Such compositions allow for extracting unique scenes from otherwise well-known places, and often stimulate a viewer to think further. 

Franka strives to depict mood and to evoke emotions with her photographs – capturing the essence of the scene and how it made her feel. The light and atmosphere in her photographs create sentimental and ethereal feeling. Photographing in misty and foggy conditions allows for making interesting compositions and interpretations by concealing distracting elements and revealing the essence. 

Developing a connection with a place is a key for Franka to make meaningful photographs – getting familiar with its moods, searching for intimate scenes and hidden compositions, looking beyond the obvious... exploring. There is always more to discover, which keeps her inspiration going.

Upon arriving at a location, Franka slows down and pauses for a few moments before starting to photograph. She takes time to feel the place, to find out what speaks to her. She takes a deep breath and opens her senses, listening to the sounds of undisturbed forest and wildlife, smelling the scent of trees and earth, feeling the breeze, feeling raindrops or snowflakes on her face, becoming one with nature.  This helps her to capture the soul and the essence of the place.

Franka Gabler photographed by Michael CostaBeing a scientist and a landscape photographer, Franka M. Gabler developed a fascination, admiration, and respect for nature. Soon after moving to California in 1997, she experienced her first wilderness backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Ever since that time, Franka has been photographing the magnificence of the high country mountains and the California landscape.
She lives in the Sierra foothills, in the small mountain town of Coarsegold, not far from Yosemite National Park.

Franka’s photographs are published in several books and publications. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and is represented in private collections throughout the United States and abroad. She is affiliated with Stellar Gallery in Oakhurst, Spectrum Fine Art Gallery in Fresno, Ridgeline Gallery in Mariposa, and Circle Gallery in Madera, CA.

You can learn more about her work at:

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