Local photographer Lawrence Lang is currently hosting his first solo gallery in the King’s Widmann Gallery.  The exhibit entitled “A Closer Look,” will display a variety of landscape and macro photographs until Friday, April 5. Lang, a graduate of Northwest High School, earned an associate’s degree in broadcast communications from Luzerne County Community College and is currently completing the school’s photography certificate program.

Lang became interested in photography about five years ago, when he got his first digital camera. “It was a Canon Powershot,” he said. “Nothing really fancy, no DSLR. But with that it opened my eyes to the world of photography.” Lang said he would often wait until it got dark, and go outside near his garage where the light would come on. He would take pictures of moths and spiders, zooming in to see all the details that people would not normally see at a glance.

He said the escape photography gives him is the most enjoyable aspect of his work. When he is behind the lens, Lang said, he is in a new world where he can capture life how he sees it. He gets his inspiration from his late father and his girlfriend, Alexandra. His girlfriend has done a lot for Lang, who said he wouldn’t have done the gallery without her help and persistence. Once the gallery was complete, she took a photo of him, and Lang said he felt accomplished in that moment.

Lang feels privileged to have his work displayed alone for the first time. “I didn’t realize how amazed I would be when all of the pictures were hung. I stood back and just soaked it all in. I feel like a real artist.” Lang’s exhibition will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday as arranged. It is free and open to the public.

"Tulip," a photograph by Lang. Photo Credit: Lawrence Lang via King's College Public Relations
“Tulip,” a photograph by Lang. Photo Credit: Lawrence Lang via King’s College Public Relations