Santa Monica environmental landscape photographer Robert McGinley will display his latest work at Blue Seven Gallery in Santa Monica beginning Saturday, June 27th through Friday, July 31st in an exhibit to benefit Heal the Bay and Santa Monica Baykeeper.

Titled “Topography, Light and Magic,” the McGinley exhibit explores natural landscapes that are threatened by development, and captures these environments at their most beautiful and vulnerable, a gallery spokesman says. The exhibit’s proceeds will benefit two environmental organizations that are devoted to protecting California’s water resources.

An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 27th at Blue Seven Gallery, 3129 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

Photographed on farmland 35 miles outside of Chicago, McGinley’s images present an “explosive and ethereal” array of landscapes, the gallery spokesman said.

The collection, shot between 2001 and 2008, played a key role in the preservation of 425 acres of farmland in Barrington, Illinois. The photos were used as exhibits in the application process to federal, state and local lawmakers to create what is believed to be the largest permanent land preservation easement in the state of Illinois. The easement also protects a crucial watershed and threatened bird species that are located on the farmland.

“My photos are raw presentations of wetlands, prairie and woodlands during “Magic Hour” at dawn or dusk,” said McGinley. “The images display the organic beauty of these settings, which are manipulated by natural elements such as clouds, fog and sunlight.”

The exhibit will also include “Swoon,” a landscape video installation that was shot on the farm from the back of a horse, and is a companion piece to McGinley’s photographs.

McGinley is active in the preservation of land and water in his own home in Santa Monica, and is a member of the Trust for Public Land, Heal the Bay, Waterkeeper, and the Environmental Defense Fund.

“I am glad that my work achieves the dual goals of raising awareness of threatened environments and raising funds for two very worthy organizations,” said McGinley.

For more information, (323) 936.1447 or www.robertmcginleyphotography.com/.

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