Richard Ashmore, instructor of geology at Lamar University and national award-winning photographer, will present a solo exhibition of his work, “Embracing the Light: Perspectives on Mortality” in Orange from Oct. 10-28. 

The gallery opening and reception will take place at Orange County Teachers’ Credit Union Oct. 10 from 5-9 p.m. The exhibit at Orange County Teachers’ Credit Union will be one-night-only.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display at Orange Savings Bank starting Oct. 13. 

“I am really pleased to have an opportunity to exhibit work for a third time in my hometown,” Ashmore said. “We originally planned to exhibit this work last October, but in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike the subject matter seemed too dark at that time.” 

The exhibit includes work taken by Ashmore over the past several years as he has searched for subjects to photograph that depict the inevitability of mortality in nature and society. Many photographs in the exhibit were made initially for El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) exhibits shown at galleries in West Texas. El Día de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of deceased family and friends. It is celebrated on Nov. 1-2 in conjunction with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Photographs in this exhibit were made at locations throughout the Southern and Southwestern United States. Included in the exhibit will be “Illuminated Memories,” a panoramic photograph of the glowing crosses at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Bridge City that was awarded first place in a national juried photography exhibit in 2008.

Ashmore is represented by Pinehurst Gallery in Orange and the Spirit of the West Gallery in Alpine, Texas. Since 2006, he has presented work in 24 exhibits, including eight national juried exhibitions, two solo exhibitions, and one invitation-only exhibition.

He has been awarded two national first place awards at juried exhibitions. For more information, go to