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BREATHTAKING BEAUTY Mancini’s Rice Terrace, Kaili.

With images reaching back to 1970, Cranston photographer Salvatore Mancini's show at Candita Clayton Studio (999 Main St., unit 105, Pawtucket, through April 27) serves as a sort of career survey. (Mancini is due a real museum retrospective someday soon.) The lines and booms and superstructure of fishing boat tied up at a worn wooden dock become an abstract composition. Surf surges around the feet of bluffs looking out at Sakonnet Lighthouse. Rice terraces step up misty Chinese mountains. A long exposure turns water flowing over Barden Dam in Scituate into a glassy smoothness falling into clouds below. A large striking print simply shows a boy with his hand held up as a shadow behind a giant leaf.

Mancini turns the high modernist polish of Ansel Adams or Edward Weston toward two main themes: the breathtaking beauty of nature and the brawny, gritty structures people build. And these themes seem to reflect Mancini himself — a strong, but sensitive guy.

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