Local photographer focuses on reflections
"Puddle" by Paul Finkel
"Puddle" by Paul Finkel
Cal Lutheran exhibit features works by Paul Finkel

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A Westlake Village photographer will exhibit a series of new works that focus on reflective surfaces in urban areas at California Lutheran University in February.

“Reflections,” featuring digital works by Paul Finkel, will be on display from Feb. 5 through 20 in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art. A reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8. Finkel will lead a tour of the exhibit, recalling the locations and stories behind the photos, from 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 13.

In the exhibit’s photographs, Finkel aims his lens at the reflective surfaces of high-rise buildings, storefronts, display windows, bus windows and puddles. Through unexpected juxtapositions and changes of color in the digitally modified works, he transforms mundane images that are generally ignored into the extraordinary.

The retired doctor has traveled the world for 30 years. He initially used traditional photographic techniques to capture the wonders of nature and glimpses of the human psyche in candid moments. He exhibited many of those photographs in two Thousand Oaks exhibits in 2006.

Finkel turned to the idea of reflections after an inspiring trip to Iceland in 2012. After taking a photograph of a Plexiglas spiral staircase in the Reykjavik Photography Museum, he marveled at the layers of unexpected reflections in the image. He began looking for reflections around him in urban areas.

Born and raised in Chicago, Finkel became a board-certified internist and kidney specialist after earning a degree from University of Illinois Medical School. He served two years in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, caring for troops with traumatic acute renal failure. Finkel and his family settled in Westlake Village in 1974. In addition to practicing medicine, he taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, for 15 years. He retired from his practice in 2014.

Finkel, who has served on the board of the New West Symphony for seven years and is currently the chairman, will donate the net proceeds from the sale of works during the exhibit to the symphony and Cal Lutheran.

Admission to the exhibit and events is free.

The gallery, located in William Rolland Stadium, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland.