Covey Center for the Arts' new spotlight artist is photographer Rick Nye. They'll be showing his work from July 1-August 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Fridays.

The main focus of Nye's display will be landscape photography as well as pictures he took during the Vietnam War. Rick Nye served as an infantryman in Vietnam, where he received the honors of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. While in the service, Nye used photography as his escape from the horror of war. However, one of his photos after a memorial service, painted a different picture than what he had intended.

"I went just to get out of combat for a day, but for me, that photo summarizes my feelings of that whole year: the texture, the smell, the feel, the dirt, and especially the suffering that everyone experienced," Nye says.

The exhibit includes samples of Nye's photography, mainly of weddings, landscapes, and portraits, which can also be seen on his facebook page. After perusing through some of his work, I must admit, he has an eye for capturing beauty, especially in his nature and landscape photos. But even more, his photography tells a story. One photo in particular that really grabbed my attention: leaves floating in a river bed. Some are clustered on the bottom left of the picture, while one sole leaf floats away from the others. The photo puts the viewer in the leaf's place, flowing away from the rest of the crowd -- loneliness or freedom based on the viewer's interpretation. Or even knowing that you have to leave (no pun intended) what feels comfortable and safe in order to figure out who you are and what you want in life. This may be just the English Major in me over analyzing, but the fact I'm able to see this story and identify with it on such a personal level is proof Nye's a talented photographer.

Nye has an operating studio in Orem, Utah. Most of his landscape photography was taken in Utah and many of the surrounding Western states like Colorado and California.

His Vietnam photography is not offered online for viewing, so the Covey Center's gallery is the perfect opportunity to experience the war through the eyes of a soldier as well as photographer who has received national recognition for photographic excellence.

Rick Nye gallery at the Covey Center, July 1-Aug. 25 425 W. Center Street, Provo, 801-582-7007 Click here for more info