The Inner Path of Photography

We yearn for the taste of the sacred…and through our cameras discover it, the world, and ourselves.

FotoFest 2010 – Last Days, Final Notes!

Well, I’m running out of time and so are you if you’re trying to see your last images at FotoFest 2010 Houston.

But don’t forget, if you miss the real thing, you can look up many of the images and learn about the artist on the web links I’ve left you. I’ve learned a lot myself just writing these FotoFest entries…and expect to learn more as I follow up more on my favorite artists.

I realize that most of my notes have been about major photography venues in Houston….and that was just because with little time, I went to some of my tried and true sources for photography in Houston.

However, I had a wonderful time over at 4411 Montrose Blvd, a classy contemporary  building on Montrose Blvd that houses four galleries, all of which I always totally enjoy. These galleries don’t show photography on a regular basis, but they certainly came through beautifully for FotoFest. If you have time, go to the following, and if you’ve run out of town, at least visit the websites!

1.     Anya  Tish Gallery

Anya Tish always has interesting artists in  her gallery, and her FotoFest exhibition has been no exception.

Begona Egurbide brings her work, “Precipice” from Spain. She is working with a technique called lenticular photography: expressive, beautiful, and fluid. Read the description on Anya’s website, it captures the feeling of Begona’s work beautifully…

I’ve seen Egurbide’s work before, and it just gets better and better. A technique that could end up being “showy” or just a trick has been applied with results of emotion and grace.

Thanks for an unusual show, Anya, and for your great hospitality…

2.     Peel Gallery

“Hardly More Than Ever”, by Laura Letinsky is beautiful in its simplicity and use of the light. Still lifes have never looked this way before. An interesting fact about Laura is that she taught in Houston for a brief time…lucky students of hers!

3.     Wade Wilson Art

I loved the seascapes that are being shown at Wade Wilson Art, the artist being Libbie Masterson, with work entitled “Sky: A Study of the American Sky.” The images themselves are celestial and grand, and Libby also is a master at how she mounts and displays them. Be sure to see the night versions downstairs…

FotoFest 2010 Notes – MFAH: Richard Misrach

I forgot!

As part of the MFAH show, there is an image from Richard Misrach’s series, “On the Beach” (Untitled #1170-04.)

It’s a very large image, a swimmer floating in the middle of a vast Pacific Ocean (shot from a high hotel room in Hawaii).

The image felt expansive, wonderful, uplifting to me…so therefore  I was surprised to read the curator’s notes, which perceived the image as reflecting our feelings of insecurity and groundlessness after 9/11.

Hmm…not my feeling at all when looking at that image…Why don’t you go see it and tell me how it makes you feel?

After a little research, I did find some interesting background about the images and timing from the Smithsonian.com website…and also read more comments of Misrach about his project.  Now I see, at least, where the Houston curator got their perspective.

However, I do want to note that Misrach himself, as well as saying that the work was about how people can endure many things, and still then go and find happiness and relaxation,  said that the work, “…is much more about our relationship to the bigger sublime picture of things.”

Whew, that makes me happy. Each of the images seen here continue to make me long for the water, the beauty, the vastness of the ocean.

What about you?

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