Tress has been taking photos of Morro Rock two or three times a day since 2009. Museum curator Ruta Saliklis has chosen 100 photos from his work for an exhibit called “About Morro Rock: 100 Views.”
Tress, who grew up in Brooklyn, began photographing circus acts and rundown buildings around Coney Island at age 12. He spent the summer of 1964 in San Francisco, where he documented the Republican convention, civil-rights protests and the launch of the Beatles’ tour that year.
His present project was inspired in part by Katsushika Hokusai’s “100 Views of Mt. Fuji.” Using a Hasselblad camera and Kodak Tri-X film, he turns his camera 45 degrees before taking a shot to create a diamond format. His photographs are from different angles and distances, with the goal of capturing not only the rock, but the life that surrounds it.
A public opening of the exhibition is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 6, in conjunction with Art After Dark. The museum is at 1010 Broad St. in San Luis Obispo, at the west end of Mission Plaza. It is open from
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, but closed Tuesdays, through July 4.
Admission is free but donations are appreciated.