DENNIS W. FELTY
p h o t o g r a p h e r
Dennis W. Felty is a native of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Elizabethtown College. He has been a serious photographer all his life, choosing to keep his art his avocation. The Gallery at the Open Stage presented Dennis’ work as a one man show; “American Icons”. Dennis presented a one man show at the Morrison Gallery Penn State Harrisburg, exploring the humor, irony and insights of images found at Coney Island, NY. Dennis also completed a major photographic work “In Celebration of Children” which captures the vibrant beauty and diversity of the children who attend Capital Area Headstart. This show was presented at the Atrium in Strawberry Square in Harrisburg Pa. and subsequently toured Core States Bank branch offices. Dennis presented a one man show on Streamline Design in classic automobiles at the Miami Design Preservation League MDPL at Miami Beach. Dennis has completed major photographic & video projects in India and Russia for the Evangelical Free Church of America. Dennis received a Telly award for his work in the Russian Documentary From Tyranny to Truth. Projects have included photographing people living in state institutions for the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Retardation as well as an essay on families using “Family Preservation Services” for the Pennsylvania Office of Children & Youth. Dennis has traveled extensively often visiting in institutions and orphanages in Russia, Moldova, Romania and India. His work has included a photographic essay on the children living in the underground of Bucharest Romania as well as a photographic essay on the terrorist attack at School #1 in Beslan Russia. As one of the founding members of the Open Stage of Harrisburg, Dennis has done extensive theatrical photography for the theater and its actors and actresses. Dennis has also served as Board Chair of the Susquehanna Art Museum. Dennis has also served in many leadership and volunteer positions in other community and professional organizations.
Dennis is an accomplished portrait photographer of children, families and adults in both formal and informal settings. Dennis has studied with Joyce Tennyson, Connie Imboden and Arnold Newman.
Dennis was an Air Force officer and pilot for thirteen years and is Founding President (retired) of Keystone Human Services. Keystone is a family of non-profit organizations that brings over $200,000,000 in resources to the individuals and communities it serves. Keystone provides comprehensive services to children, families and adults in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, the Republic of Moldova and the Republic of India.
Dennis is joined in these endeavors by his wife Barbara, daughter Laura and son Adam and four grandchildren.
"The contemplation of beauty causes the soul to grow wings."
As an artist, I am continuously awed by the exquisite beauty and wonder of creation and its profound implications regarding man's capacity for transcendence. Within our being, moment by moment, each of us holds the ability to be both hero and villain. Indeed, it is only when we understand and embrace this reality that we can hope to rise above the competing duality, choosing hero. Carl Jung defines man's "shadow" as an inherent part of his nature and as the source of much of man’s passion, comedy, fear, creativity, heroism, striving and transcendence. Since the beginning of his existence, humans have expressed and explored issues of "Soul" in the form of stories and myths which offer clues to the spiritual potentialities of human life. Through the telling and retelling of myths, we evoke their power in our own lives. As a storyteller, images serve as a powerful medium for the exploration and telling of myths and are an important tool in the continuing exploration of man's very nature.