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Abstract artwork in downtown Gainesville
Sylwester Ratowt displays pieces at Inman Perk Cafe
Sylwester Ratowt’s abstract nature photographs, “Imperfect Capture,” are on display at Inman Perk Cafe in downtown Gainesville.

Exploring Northeast Georgia and southern Appalachia during his first year living in the South and guided by his training in the history of science, Sylwester Ratowt is creating abstract images to symbolize the blurred memories created by the human eyes. The Gainesville resident’s images don’t capture specific details of a place or time, but the general quality shows off the region’s light, color and texture.

Created without digital effects and only through movement of the camera during long exposures, Ratowt’s photographs will be on display through January at Inman Perk Cafe, 102 Washington St., in downtown Gainesville. Cafe hours are 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Trained as a historian of science, Ratowt is particularly interested in how images structure our understanding of the natural world.

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