'Peder Oxe,' and other photographs by Allen Ross Hicks, will be displayed through May 1 in the Hannon Library

'Into Copenhagen'

Ashland photographer Allen Ross Hicks seeks to portray the resonance of Copenhagen, Denmark, as well as its colors, textures and light in an eclectic selection of photos to be displayed through April in Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library.

"Into Copenhagen," a collection of 23 photos, was created to present a perspective of the city's character and culture rather than to document any of Hicks' travels to the Danish city over the last 40 years.

"I'm trying to give people a feeling of the capital city rather than a travelogue," Hicks says.

His work will be displayed on the third floor of the Hannon Library on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Copenhagen has become an annual destination for Hicks, who frequently visits friends as well as his son and daughter, who are attending Roskide University, which is about 30 minutes north of the city.

From a photographer's standpoint, Hick says he found the city to be aesthetically engaging and the air to be very clear and transparent lending itself to very sharp images with true colors. He also is fond of the city's bold colors — ocher yellows, eggshell blues and rose reds that can be found on many of the city's buildings, as well as its furniture and textiles.

"It tends to be very gray eight to 10 months out of the year so those colors and hues bring a warmth that would otherwise be missing," says Hicks.

Color was introduced to the country's gray culture in the early 1600s by Christian IV, the king of Denmark and Norway. He made a journey to the Netherlands and was captivated by the colors there. On his return to Denmark, he began incorporating them into the country's architecture, Hicks says.

Hicks' photography has been displayed throughout California, Southern Oregon and in Santa Fe, N.M. He recently compiled a book of his images, "Into Copenhagen," which is awaiting publication. The photo book contains extended captions in Danish and English with stories or bits about the location presented.

For more information, call 541-552-6837 or visit www.allenrosshicks.com.

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