Through a screen, eerily

  Photo from Peter C. Jones's show "Confluence,'' at KMR Arts, Washington Depot, Conn., through Sept. 8.

Photo from Peter C. Jones's show "Confluence,'' at KMR Arts, Washington Depot, Conn., through Sept. 8.

The gallery says:

"Peter C. Jones's photographs within 'Confluence' are an attempt to accurately depict life by the sea. Water is a source of calm, cleansing energy. This tranquil quality has long attracted people to the ocean’s shores. This affect is both spiritual and physical as the sounds, the smell and the image of the ocean convey a sense of peacefulness and balance. Human physiology is also deeply connected to the presence of water: it is the most abundant matter in the human body and the most abundant resource on the planet earth, necessary for survival.

''The images were made in a seaside cottage {in Little Compton, R.I.} that the artist and his wife rented every summer for many years. The sound of a screen door in the distance inspired the artist as he was searching for a way to convey the idea of summer. This led Jones to explore the transcendence of the sea through these photographs. As a counterpart to the constant transformation and movement of water, these photographs were made in the same location, from the same window, of the same ocean. Jones has intentionally avoided the depiction of rocks and whitecaps in order to highlight the simple elements of ocean, sky and screen.''

Washington Depot is in the Litchfield Hills, a mostly lovely southern extension of the Berkshires. Some of it looks rather like the English countryside.

 

  Lake McDonough, in the Litchfield Hills.

Lake McDonough, in the Litchfield Hills.