The Modesto Junior College Art Gallery will display the work of photography instructor Douglas Smith in an exhibit entitled "Voluntary Surrender: Scenes From Abandoned Homes," from Wednesday through March 27.
A reception is set for 5 to 7 p.m. March 1. The exhibit and reception are open to the public and free.
The gallery is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It's on MJC's east campus, 435 College Ave.
"These photographs portray foreclosed homes in the Central Valley of California, where the effects of our country's recent economic turmoil appear in almost all neighborhoods," Smith said in a news release. "The images of vacant homes tell stories of the people who lived there and who built their lifestyles and family spaces. Previous owners left visual signs of better times that stirred my emotions with feelings of sadness, turmoil, joy, optimism and loss."
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The photos are a portion of Smith's 2008-09 sabbatical work, during which he also took photos in Central America for a service organization and participated in several classes and workshops in photography to improve his teaching skills.