Grounded: The Street Photography of Casey LeClair and John Hernandez

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, Feb. 7 to Saturday, Mar. 4
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, Feb. 10 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, Feb. 11 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Street photographers Casey LeClair and John Hernandez share the Main Gallery for this candid and striking exhibit of street photography. Casey’s images are in black and white, contrasted by John's color photos. Together they provide a broad spectrum of what street photography can be. Each photographer has a distinct style and way of looking at their surroundings. From the ironic to the gritty, this exhibit offers a slice of reality from two distinctly different viewpoints.

Casey LeClair’s images were taken in New York City over a three-month period.  He shoots only high contrast black and white. His intention is to explore the use of heavy blacks and bright whites to create unique compositions, generously relying on various obfuscations (shadows, blinding light, reflections, fences, filth, rain, glass, movement, and smoke) as framing mechanisms.  Casey shoots with a Sony A65. None of the images are converted from color.

Casey shares his thoughts on his photographic approach: “Street photographers often feel a little uncomfortable when asked what they do—there is that fear of being regarded as “the guy walking down the street with a camera—everyone has a camera phone now.” For me, street photography can be portraiture, landscape photography, a documentary, a formal study of architecture, or a piece of social criticism. It can be absurd, abstract, conceptual, realistic, whimsical, political, or voyeuristic. It may or may not be taken on a street. The photographs may not even contain people as subjects. Or, it could be all of the above in a single image.”

Casey LeClair is a Sacramento-based artist. His photographs have been published in National Geographic, The Daily Beast and other less illustrious places. He has also had over 90 framed photographs stolen from a local high-end restaurant in a two week period. Mr. LeClair has received no formal training in the arts, he is self-taught and started shooting in 2013 and does not own or use Lightroom or Photoshop.

John Hernandez shares a collection of his color images from when he began his journey in street photography in 2006 until today. Beach bums by the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, workers on an afternoon in the busy financial district in San Francisco, and a drive-in theater in Sacramento, all candidly photographed by John Hernandez.

He takes his camera with him everywhere; always ready to press the shutter trigger. Unposed, his subjects are often unaware that he has already taken a photograph, and if they did, are too late to give him a smile or to hide one. He enjoys the thrill of capturing the unscripted connections between people and the environment they move in.

John G. Hernandez is a professional senior high school portrait photographer, a freelance photojournalist, and wedding photographer based in Sacramento. He received his degree in photojournalism at San Francisco State University in 2009. If not photographing for work, he spends his time doing his favorite hobby—Street Photography. He has photographed from the busy streets of San Francisco to the quiet suburbs of Elk Grove.

 

© Casey LeClair

 

© Casey LeClair

 

© John Hernandez

 

© John Hernandez

 

 

 

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