To photographer Ray Listanski, birds are always talking.
And he lets them.
Then he shoots them. Their photos, that is.
He and photographer John Goldman, both members of the Northeast Photography Club, will show 16 bird photos each at the Camerawork Gallery in Scranton, beginning on Friday with a reception from 6 to 8:15 p.m. The show, called “This Show Is For The Birds,” will run through Oct. 29 and give a stage to photos ranging from serious to humorous.
“He (Goldman) takes formal portraits; I take candid shots,” Listanski, of Clarks Summit, said. “I did the captions. I put down what I think they were saying.
“Both of us like nature,” Listanski said. “I like all types of photography. To me birds are always conversing. I thought I’d let them talk about the situation.”
Most of Listanski’s shots were taken in Florida. Goldman, of Lake Ariel, said he shot all of his in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
“What I’m trying to do with my bird photography — other than keep getting better and better — is show people the beauty and diversity of nature,” Goldman said. “Birds are just one part of it, the outdoors that God created for us.”
He said what he’s showing at Camerawork is just a small part of a larger collection taken over about two years.
He does a lot of eagle photography, but for this show, with a small space and small photo size — all are 8-by-10 prints — he felt he could not adequately show them.
He said Listanski asked him to be a part of an exhibit at the gallery.
“Ray approached me and said, ‘Want to do a bird show?’ I said sure, and that was it.”
Photographer Rolfe Ross, a partner in Camerawork, said Listanski and Goldman met through the photography club.
“When they approached us to do a show, they said they wanted to do it together because they both had bird photos,” Ross said.
Camerawork Gallery is downstairs in the Marquis Gallery at the Laundry Building, 515 Center St., Scranton. The public can view the exhibit during gallery hours, which are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.