Central Park, by Larry MerrillLarge-format photographs feature trees from Rochester, Central Park, and Martha's Vineyard Rochester, N.Y. - The first George Eastman House photography exhibition of 2011 will be Larry Merrill: Looking at Trees - the artist's newest body of work - on view Jan. 22 through April 10, 2011. The 16 large-scale digital prints feature trees in Merrill's neighborhood and various parks in Rochester, N.Y., as well as trees in Central Park in New York City and Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.  Looking at Trees, as the title indicates, is about the intentional act of looking. In the daily activity of walking his poodle, Merrill began looking at the trees, and the trees, Merrill said, rewarded his attention. Details of the photographs, such as the texture of the bark and its limited color palette, as well as the quality of light under a sunlit canopy of leaves, invite contemplation and reflection by the viewer. Looking at Trees is the first digital project for Merrill, who has photographed extensively in New York City and across the globe. "We are delighted to present this new work by a photographer well known both nationally and in our own community," said Dr. Alison Nordström, Eastman House curator of photographs. "Especially in the midst winter, it is a pleasure to look on green leaves and think of spring." The exhibition purposefully was scheduled to be on view during The Dutch Connection, the museum's popular mid-winter flower exhibition. This is Merrill's second exhibition at George Eastman House, which holds several of Merrill's photographs in its collections. Other collections that hold his work include the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the YaleUniversityArtGallery, the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, and the Museum of the City of New York.  Larry Merrill at George Eastman House Merrill will give a talk about the background and historical context of his work at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Dryden Theatre. Included with museum admission. For more information about the lecture or exhibition, please visit eastmanhouse.org or call (585) 271-3361. Attn. Media: For high-res images from this exhibition, please visit https://secure.eastmanhouse.org/pressroom (click on Larry Merrill: Looking at Trees) Media Contact: Dresden Engle dengle@geh.org (585) 271.3361 ext. 213