First Glance: Don Baldwin’s photos on display at Summer Thyme’s |

First Glance: Don Baldwin’s photos on display at Summer Thyme’s

One of Don Baldwin’s landscape photos taken during almost 60 years of travel.
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Photos by retired Methodist minister Rev. Don Baldwin will be on display beginning today (Thursday) and running through Oct. 31 at Summer Thyme’s Bakery and Deli, 231 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley.

The show, titled “First Glance,” includes 20 of Baldwin’s recent digital photographs. The giclées (photographs printed on canvas) can be viewed in the dining room daily between the hours of 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Baldwin said the formal art show — his first photography exhibit — comes after 58 years of photography. “It’s rather amazing,” Baldwin says, “that, after all these years and thousands of photos later, I’m having my first public showing. Guess it’s about time!” It was l958 when Baldwin bought his first camera — a Bell & Howell 8mm movie camera — to record the 40,000-mile trip around the world he and his minister father took that year.

Now, 58 years later, he is having his first photographic exhibit.

Actually, he has shown many of his slide images over the years, having created large panoramic, multi-image slide shows portraying the beauty and wonder of nature. In l966, while serving as the resident minister in Yosemite National Park, he fondly recalls his first audio-visual program in the valley chapel: a collection of slides borrowed from Yosemite photographers, with narration drawn from the writings of John Muir and live music by the Ahwahnee Hotel jazz trio. “I was hooked. It was amazing,” Baldwin said. “From that moment on, I knew what my calling was — to present the beauty and glory of creation by combining images, music and poetry. Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, and I was compelled to offer people this experience of beauty for the rest of my life.”

For well over 50 years, Baldwin has presented inspirational slide programs to audiences throughout the western United States. However, he has never displayed any of his photos in printed form. Two years ago, something shifted: Don became fascinated by ‘giclées.’

He notes that, “While photos printed on photographic paper seemed somewhat static, by contrast I found giclées to be vivid and alive — more like oil paintings than photographs. Also, with canvas-wrapped edges, there’s no need for a mat or frame, which tend to enclose or confine the photo’s boundaries.”

Baldwin’s subjects range from close-ups of dew-drops on grass to large-scale landscapes, many of Yosemite and the Sierras.

“One of my favorites is the sunset my wife Peggy and I experienced in Monument Valley during our recent journey through the Arizona Navajo Tribal Park. It was both spectacular and peaceful at the same time.”

Baldwin notes that all proceeds from sales will go to his media ministry through Earth Justice Ministries.

Contact Baldwin at (530) 274-1519, or email him at:

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