Art Exhibition: “By the Light of Midnight” and “Light on the Landscape”

photograph of canoes on shore at night by Mark Bowie
90-second exposure of the Milky Way and the streaking International Space Station over boats lit by flashlight along Rollins Pond, Rollins Pond State Campground, Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, Franklin Co., Adirondack Park Forest Preserve, NY

Exhibition Corridor | Kelly Adirondack Center 

Mark Bowie’s photos were displayed in the Kelly Adirondack Center’s exhibition corridor May 12, 2015 to January 2016.

As part of Union College’s third annual Adirondack Week, the Kelly Adirondack Center sponsored an exhibition and presentation featuring photographer Mark Bowie. His presentation, The Adirondacks: By the Light of Midnight, took place on Tuesday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Kelly Adirondack Center.

Some of the Adirondacks’ most spectacular beauty and solitude are reserved for the landscape at night.  Nighttime drops a cloak of anonymity over the land.  Above, the indigo sky is dotted with multi-colored stars, beaming planets, distant constellations.  Stars wander parabolic paths across the sky.  The moon launches itself into its trajectory.  And that night, the camera allows us to record phenomena we are physically incapable of seeing.  Long exposures capture objects in motion, creating metaphors for the passage of time and the seasons.  People and wildlife are creatures of the night, their behavior impacted by it and entwined with it.  Join night photography expert Mark Bowie for this multimedia tribute, and experience the unimaginable beauty, mystery, awe and wonder of the Adirondacks at night.


Mark Bowie is a professional nature photographer, writer and teacher.  His work has been published internationally in books and magazines, on calendars, posters, and greeting cards, and in advertising media. His first two coffee table books, Adirondack Waters and In Stoddard’s Footsteps, have become landmark regional publications. He followed those with The Adirondacks: In Celebration of the Seasons. Each won the Adirondack Center for Writing’s Photography Book of the Year Award. He has also authored two extensive e-books on night photography: The Light of Midnight and After Midnight: Night Photography by Example.  Mark is a staff instructor for the Adirondack Photography Institute and leads digital and landscape photography workshops and tours.  For more information, please visit his website,