Photography exhibit shows dark side of nature – Butler Eagle


The Butler Area Public Library is hosting an art exhibit throughout July and August that showcases a local photographer’s take on brooding nature.

“Lindsey Gifford Photography: Dark Naturalism” will be available free for public viewing during regular library hours in the second floor showcases and gallery at the library on North McKean Street.

Gifford is a Butler County photographer whose interest in the art form was piqued in 2020 while taking pictures of her daughter, Palmer.

The mother and daughter have explored many themes in shooting scenes across the region, including fairy, witch and pop culture topics.

“We have the best time coming up with ideas,” Gifford said, “and Palmer has always been my favorite model to shoot.”

Nature photography became her passion as she hiked during a vacation in Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio.

Gifford uses editing to create dark naturalism and moody imagery in her work, which “captures the elemental magic and stark beauty of the natural world,” according to a news release from the library.

Gifford’s photography has been featured in art shows and recognized at local events and competitions.

Her work is available for purchase at and through Double Image Styling Salon in Butler.