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DEREK SNOW AND JESSICA BELL. Maralyn Wilson Gallery. Through Oct. 1.

Derek Snow's photographs are gentle, elegiac scenes of nature that use a halo effect around the edges of the subject. They recall early 19th century daguerreotypes.

Jessica Bell's photographs are a clear and straightforward record of ''sadhus,'' holy men of Nepal who reject all material things and devote themselves to experiencing transcendent pain. Through contortions of the body, they reject all worldly things, possessing nothing and living as beggars all in pursuit of a higher state of being.


James R. Nelson is visual arts critic for The Birmingham News.