Aberdeen photographer takes the road less traveled

Farm Forum

Thirty-four framed, large-format photographs shot by Michaela Glugla of Aberdeen make up “The Road Less Traveled,” a featured show in the Lamont Gallery at the Dacotah Prairie Museum.

The public is invited to an opening reception for Glugla at the museum from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, the day the show opens. “The Road Less Traveled” continues through Nov. 17.

Glugla has chosen landscapes, buildings, floral growth and animals as subjects in this show, which is her first solo exhibit.

The Dacotah Prairie Museum staff met Glugla when her work was included in a group show that the museum hosted in 2012. When asked if she would be interested in being a featured artist during the 2013 show season, she accepted enthusiastically.

“I have no rules for what I shoot. It usually is something that catches my eye because of what it is or how the light hits it at the time I come across it, although there are many times that I will walk around something until I find the right light and interesting angle,” Glugla says in an artist’s statement. “I find old vehicles, buildings or just the flowers in my yard are a few of the things that get a lot of attention. The composition, lighting and everything else just fall into place for me.”

Glugla was born and raised in Aberdeen and has always had an interest in taking pictures. In 1993, she graduated from Willmar, Minn., Technical College with a degree in professional photography technology. Ironically, she didn’t begin to pursue photography seriously until 2011, following a trip to Australia where she traveled on roads completely unknown to her. Upon returning home, Glugla made the decision to do the same here. Accompanied by her dogs, Bailey and Molly, she began exploring the “roads less traveled” in the Aberdeen region and found many interesting subjects for her photographs.

The Dacotah Prairie Museum, 21 S. Main St. Gallery, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit dacotahprairiemuseum.com. To get the latest museum updates, like Dacotah Prairie Museum on Facebook.