Bringing Cleveland to Light

Unless you never leave your house, you've probably seen Brent Durken's work around Cleveland. His photography greets travelers at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. It decorates the walls at local eateries. And even if you are a legit hermit, it appears on Cleveland.com, as well as other sites. Browns fan? Well — Durken's even one of the official gameday photographers.

Photo courtesy of Brent Durken Photography

Photo courtesy of Brent Durken Photography

It's clear he loves this city. And that local love is evident in the works on display in his first solo exhibit, "Cleveland in Lights" opening this Friday at Victoria Stanbridge Photography in Lakewood.

"The idea behind the show is to really just show how beautiful Cleveland is," says Durken. "There are a ton of really cool things to see and do in the Cleveland area, and it's nice to be able to show the city off a little."

And Durken's photography does a spectacular job of it, depicting familiar landmarks both new and old in a dynamic way perfectly reflective of the city's current revitalization.

"I tried to put together some photos showing both some of the amazing old buildings we have around Cleveland and some of the newer things going on in the city," says Durken. "Most of the photos are very colorful and vibrant and I want them to have the same 'wow' effect that seeing a cool skyline or sunset has when you are there actually looking at it. I am hoping everyone enjoys seeing Cleveland the way I do." 

Want to see Cleveland through Durken's lens? You can view the exhibit June 3–17, with an opening night reception tomorrow at 7 p.m. And if you want to show your own walls a little love for the 216, bring your wallet — original photos and prints are for sale.  

Cleveland in Lights: Brent Durken, Photographer
June 3–17, opening night reception: Friday, June 3 at 7 p.m.
Victoria Stanbridge Photography
15707 Madison Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107