The Ohio State University at Lima

Ohio State Lima welcomes photographer Ben Morales to Farmer Family Gallery; Public is invited to gallery opening May 11

The Ohio State University at Lima welcomes back a former student for a photography exhibit in the Farmer Family Gallery, May 12-June 30. Hindsight from photographer Ben Morales puts a spotlight on the photographs of historic landmarks in and around Toledo by juxtaposing the past and present of places.

“History is all around us, but often recedes into the background of our collective subconscious. What we do not realize is that these places are relevant and shape our lives in subtle ways we do not know,” Morales writes in his artist statement. “Every place has a story and these stories can influence the way we see the world, and our place in it. They connect us and give us meaning. They shape our perception of home and self. The abandoned warehouse on the corner, the old church down the street, the once mighty skyscraper that is now only an empty shell — these places matter.”

The gallery opening is from 4-6 p.m., Thur., May 11, 2017, in the Farmer Family Gallery in Reed Hall. The opening and the show are free and open to the public. Summer gallery hours are noon-4 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Morales is an Ohio-based graphic designer, photographer and art director. He is a Lima native who began his college education at Ohio State Lima before graduating from Bowling Green State University. His latest book, Hindsight: Northwest Ohio Through the Lens of Time, is a collection of more than 100 rephotographed locations in Toledo that are combined with information on the locations’ historical significance. Hindsight will be available at the gallery opening, which will include a book signing.

Hindsight is the third summer show in the Farmer Gallery to include works from current and previous members of the Ohio State Lima campus community.

“When possible, if the work is strong and the opportunity presents itself, I do like to bring back former students for the summer show. I don't actively look for them, their successes come to me,” said Ed Valentine, professor of Fine Art and curator of the Farmer Family Gallery. “With the publication of Ben's book Hindsight: Northwest Ohio Through the Lens of Time, the success was obvious and a perfect opportunity was there.”