Photographs by Janine Norton, Bruce Hawkins and Robert Salthouse
March 2-30, 2017
Reception: Saturday March 4, 2-4 PM
Robert Salthouse – Shadows
Although hard shadows in a photograph can often be a distraction, the photographs in this exhibit by local photographer, Robert Salthouse, turn them into primary graphic elements. Obvious shadows help emphasize the truism that what we are seeing is not the real thing (Ceci n’est pas une pipe), but a selected, edited, two-dimensional representation of it. Hopefully, they also encourage the viewer to focus more on design and color, rather than on photographs as representations of things.
Nature is always in her lens, even when the method of capturing an image changes. Janine endlessly seeks nature, no matter the season, searching for her ideal moments to capture. This body of work began in the snowy winter of 2015 with a digital camera converted to capture ‘infrared’, light that is above the spectrum visible to the human eye. In these photographs, the familiar colors of nature are transposed, creating an uncanny landscape that is both picturesque and surreal.
I am a retired physicist (though still collaborating in research) who loves the mountains. I spent a year in Switzerland as a postdoc reveling in the many opportunities to hike and ski there. My interest in photography began as a way to bring those experiences home and relive them. My interest in it waned as color film processing became less and less satisfactory in the late years of the 20th century and revived with the advent of digital images that I could process myself to my own liking. Then suddenly I discovered that some of my images were worth framing and hanging on the wall. When I did so, I found that they aroused more than memory in me, but a rather astonished admiration. “I did that!” Sometimes when I take aphotograph, I know that this is going to be one of the good ones, but more often not. More, “let’s try it and see”. And lots of times I know that it isn’t. Many are just for memory or because an image is curious. The process of composition is largely intuitive: I just move the frame until it looks right. My equipment is highly understated: A single superzoom camera that fits in my pocket is all that I need. Some of these pictures were taken with earlier cameras that are laughably underpowered by today’s standards. Their resolution is not considered worth printing these days. And yet they work.
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