Northern California native and award-winning photographer, artist Gail Parris, was raised in the country, where she acquired an enormous appreciation of nature and its beauty. Always seeking a creative outlet she has passionately pursued photography (along with other forms of art), since her parents first gave her a camera as a child. She has taken numerous photography and art classes. Largely an outdoor photographer, she seeks to explore the intricacies of nature and her surroundings.
Dark on Light, the January 2011 exhibit at Viewpoint Gallery, is the poetic exploration of two photographers both working in black and white.
Paul Rider’s “Drawn to the Light” images are abstract studies of light and shadow on paper, transformations that are contemplative and calming. The light strikes the curving paper revealing tension on the torn edges and palpable texture. Rider sees these as symbolic of world tension and conflict yet also envisions them as representative of hope and peace.
Larry Blackwood’s “Opus Corvus” is a study of ravens and crows with dark and mysterious overtones. He captivates the viewer with an unspoken narrative of movement, grace, and survival. There are overtones not unlike a gothic novel in this timeless environment and beautiful photographs.
From October 5 to November 5, Viewpoint’s Step Up Gallery will feature photography by many of the docents and volunteers who are essential to the ongoing success of the the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center. The center is almost completely operated by volunteers, who labor all year to manage, plan, curate, install and watch over 22 exhibitions of photographic art by artists both local and internationally known.
Like a mini Members’ Exhibit, this show promises to surprise and excite with its diversity and quality. Its goal is to reward the volunteers for their efforts and also to honor them for their dedication to Viewpoint.
In March 2012, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is presenting something different. An internationally supported photography website will be featured, presenting the works by 15 photographers who serve or have served as gatekeepers for the vast collaboration known as 1X.
1X (1x.com) is an online photo gallery and social network. 1X differs from most other photo sites in that every photo displayed has been handpicked by a group of curators. The images on display at the Viewpoint Gallery during the month of March are selected works of past and present curators, including Viewpoint member Jerry Berry.
Only through the Internet could a group of photographers from different regions of the world get together and collaborate, become friends and curate world images for a site such as 1x.com. Jacob Jovelou and Ralf Stelander, from Uppsala, Sweden, have brought together these photographers by inviting them to evaluate images to publish on the front page of their website, 1X. With the basic premise of the site’s mission, Searching for the Sublime, these passionate photographers bring their varied viewpoints and often conflicting opinions to discussions on the relative strengths and weaknesses of each individual photograph submitted for publication on 1X.
Rick Kattelmann’s Sichuan Sampler is a collection of images made on travels through the Sichuan region of China. “Photography is a means of enhancing my memory of the visual imagery of life,” Kattelmann says. “Every day, we are fortunate to observe millions of scenes. A fraction of those scenes impress with us with their beauty, information, mystery, and other attributes. Photography allows us to create a record of some of those scenes and then, if we wish, to modify those recordings to emphasize whatever appealed to us at the time of capture.”
"You shall enter the living shelter of the forest. You shall walk where only the wind has walked before". – Nancy Newhall, 1959
Iconic symbols of majestic form, evocative of age and fortitude, trees solicit emotive responses. Whether provoking conservation movements, inspiring artistry, or simply impressing the viewer, they have historically symbolized strength, power, and beauty. Growing in lush rainforests, chaparral woodlands, and mountainside rock outcroppings, trees in their myriad forms permeate many inhabited regions of the Earth, and consequently, are revered, studied and harvested. And, their presence is recorded. Tree: Observed presents visual interpretations by four American photographers working in distinct topographical and geographic regions. From the East Coast to the country’s westernmost point of Hawaii, each photographer, employing his or her chosen photographic medium and technique, has eloquently interpreted these natural icons.
Anne Miller loves photographing the unexpected beauty waiting to be found in ordinary, everyday things. She is especially drawn to intense color and to the mysterious nature of reflection and transparency. Botanical subjects intrigue her because of their wealth of interesting surfaces and colors, yet she’s also attracted to junk and often finds inspiration at the dump or at sites full of rusty machinery and old buildings.
Step Up Gallery at Viewpoint presents the work of Grass Valley photographer Frank Francis, whose focus is the people of remote countries around the world.
For the last 25 years, Frank Francis has had a consuming interest in photography. His work has its source in the remote reaches of the world, on extended trips to the mountains, deserts and rivers of Africa, India, the Middle East, the Himalayas, Mongolia and Myanmar. Traveling mostly alone, the goal has been to explore the places and people of those remote places and photograph that which is quickly passing.
Viewpoint Photographic Art Center proudly presents the work of Richard Murai, one of Northern California’s most accomplished and respected photographers. He has traveled all over the world in search of compelling and spiritually rich pictures.
The images from Bhutan, Laos, and Easter Island in this exhibition are a sampling of work produced over the last six years, and represent an ongoing project of documenting world spiritual sites. As Murai says, “They reflect an unfolding voyage of discovery and creative exploration that examines evidence of intense spiritual devotion and religious fervor, past and present, within unique and distinctive cultures. The act of picture making increases my understanding of the world and the final photograph provides a reaffirmation of the connections between us all.”
Rick will discuss the exhibit during the Member's Reception on Friday, February 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m. He will share his excitement, misgivings and the creative and technical resources that helped produce his latest and diverse body of work. All are welcomed!
Viewpoint’s 4th annual December juried exhibition is Twelve: Square, a selection of photographs exploring the particular challenges and properties of the square format.
“I considered the use of the frame to be of utmost importance when curating this year’s Viewpoint exhibition,” writes exhibit juror Byron Wolfe, eminent photographer and Professor of Communication Design at California State University, Chico. “I looked for pictures where the photographer’s compositional approach recognized the unique properties of the square.”
“There’s something special about squares,” Wolfe observes. “At first, their perfect symmetry and equally measured sides convey stability and equilibrium, but as soon as you start to fill them up with things, their balance becomes delicate and tenuous. Suddenly, composing within a square is more akin to a man carefully poised on high-tension wire. Nudging subject matter around the edges of a square has the potential to create tension or energy, and the use of internal space in the square can create emphasis or a settled stability.”
From Where I Stand is a group exhibit of photography students from ten high schools in Sacramento, California, and the surrounding region. Working with both traditional and digital media, the one hundred photographs in the exhibit demonstrate the energetic, experimental and fresh perspective of these young artists. Clearly the points of view are individual, as the title of the exhibit suggests, yet the subjects and attitudes reflect the common concerns and experiences of today’s young student artists. The photographs illustrate technical competence in night exposures, portraits, landscape, motion studies, digital high dynamic range, black and white, and color images.
Viewpoint Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of internationally renowned photographer Linda Connor. Her photographs depict the relationship between the culturally sacred and natural world while illuminating her connection to and deep respect for her subjects. With her large format camera, Connor travels extensively, exploring sites that evoke mystery and spirit. These explorations of ancient and sacred locales reflect her interest in how diverse cultures manifest the holy.
Viewpoint Gallery presents the work of two regional photographers whose focus is the landscape of the Sacramento area and Central Valley.
Stephen Fischer photographs along the American River Parkway, a beltway of undeveloped land on both sides of the river. It provides a natural sanctuary from the nearby hustle and bustle of the Sacramento metropolitan area. It is also a byway and habitat of the natural world that coexists within our developed environment and passes through and thrives along this photographic wonderland: nature’s corridor. Fischer’s photographs are in color and are seen primarily in the early and late hours of the day.
Gerry Tsuruda's beltway consists of the white lines, asphalt, and gravel of the ordinary and ubiquitous “roadway,” this landscape photographer’s most frequent path to successful pictures. Tsuruda has realized that most of his better images were taken from a spot along the side of the road or other easily accessible area nearby. This is certainly contrary to the romantic notion of the landscape photographer, but not indicative of a drop-off in the quality of seeing. Whereas Fischer’s images are in color, Tsuruda works in the monochromatic palette of black-and-white photographic tones.
Viewpoint member Jim Klein of Lincoln will present work at the Step Up Gallery at Viewpoint in March, 2012. The photographs are the result of travel to Utah, a place universally known for its ancient and dramatic landscapes and also its much newer remains of man’s presence.
Klein cites John Szarkowski, famed photographer, critic and historian, who, in his book The Photographer’s Eye, “included Time as one of the defining aspects of photography as an art medium. But his consideration of time had more to do with how much of time was captured by the camera’s shutter than how time is conveyed by the image.”
The two sets of images in this exhibit, a deserted motel on Highway 70 near Moab and abstracts of rocks from Utah’s National Parks, depict the effects of time, and, in another perspective, timelessness.
In November, Viewpoint’s Step Up Gallery features Rhonda Campbell’s exhibit exploring the cultural and psychological aspects of our ubiquitous doppelgangers from the retail environment: mannequins.
Campbell relates that this series began “with a simple photograph I took (and not a very good photograph at that),” a photograph that led her to understand that what she was photographing in storefront windows was “more than just mannequins; they’re life as we wish it to be.” She began looking closely at mannequins in her travels. “The more I looked, the more I found.” She found questions: “Does life reflect the mannequins or do they reflect life? Do they mock us or set standards?” And she found insights: “People are the same the world over. We all have the same dreams of glamor, sophistication, confidence, humor, and purpose. Mannequins give us that freedom to dream, if only for a few seconds.”
America, from the Edge features four unique perspectives on American life and landscape by photographers David Best, Mike Dikau, Sandrine Hermand-Grisel and Toni Voelker. Their works run the gamut from noir to bizarre and from Barbie dolls to the Midas Mufflerman.
Fifteen North American photographers celebrate the new decade immersed in the remote cultures, ancient temple architecture, stunning landscapes, and UNESCO World Heritage sites of Cambodia and Myanmar, Southeast Asia’s second largest county (formerly known as Burma). Under the direction of photographer and educator Rick Murai of Penn Valley, California, and in partnership with Myths and Mountains, each participant on this excursion captures unique and personal interpretations of urban and rural historical sites and cultural landmarks defining these Southeast Asian countries. Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s politically charged capital, and Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields – sobering testaments to the Khmer Rouge – are visited, as is Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar.
Viewpoint’s annual Members’ Exhibit will be on display from June 12 through July 3, 2009. The exhibit gives all Viewpoint members an opportunity to showcase one image of their choosing. The images in this show highlight the diversity of photographic art created by Viewpoint members, from traditional color and black-and-white images to prints made using alternative processes, digital manipulation, and other methods. All images are copyrighted by the artists.
Viewpoint Photographic Art Center proudly presents the work of Jon Sousa, a California photographer who shares for the first time one of four portfolios based on his travels in the States and abroad. With thirty-five years of photography experience as a photo educator at the high school and community college level, as well as having owned and operated Jon Sousa Photography doing portrait work, Sousa now turns his attention to his personal vision. In this body of work, The Human Touch, Sousa’s images incorporate the relationship between his favorite model and evocative architectural settings.
Viewpoint Photographic Art Center presents the exhibit Road Trip Poetry by Dave Hennessy in its Step Up Gallery in January.
Hennessy explains that “Road Trip Poetry celebrates the extraordinary, the comical, and the sublime in an ordinary commute between Sacramento and Petaluma. With my iPhone I was able to capture what at best would have been merely a glimpse of something grand. I discovered that something grand is always nearby. I do not have to go somewhere ‘special’ or even leave my car.”
Larry Brenden searches the Western United States to find compelling natural landscape images. His work conveys greater intimacy than typical landscape photographs and explores nature’s gorgeous color palette. Brenden says: “I am always looking, but more specifically, I am looking to photograph light, color, and form. To me, photography is all-consuming. A demanding discipline which entails my senses, intellect, and emotion, it is at once my passion and my spiritual base.”
“Using the camera as a tool, my intention is to quietly unveil nature’s secrets with integrity and capture an image true to the scene as first observed. Through the lens I seek to reveal the grandeur of the natural world, uncover her subtleties, show her impressive power, and expose her delicate side. Often, I examine a scene and decipher symmetrical patterns in the seemingly chaotic environment. Recording light and form is at once a fascination and a mystery. It is my goal to present well-crafted, un-doctored, aesthetic prints of the world’s beautifully wild places both to preserve and with full intent to protect.“
A former design engineer in the computer industry, Larry has spent the last decade as a respected photographer of the natural scene.
An exhibition of documentary photographs by David Bacon and Kathya Landeros about immigration to the United States from Mexico and Central America.
An experienced photographer, journalist, and former labor organizer, Bacon's stunning work of photographs and oral history documents the new reality of migrant experience: the creation of transnational communities. He takes us inside these communities and illuminates the ties that bind them together, the influence of their working conditions on their families and health, and their struggle for better lives.
Landeros, herself from a family of immigrants from Central Mexico, proposes that "If one can accept that the history of migratory policy toward Mexico has been complicated as we negotiate between our demands for labor and our need for cultural sovereignty, then we can acknowledge that the migrant communities that have developed in Mexico are a manifestation of these complexities."
Kathya Landeros: Sandra’s Quinceañera paid for with remittances from the United States, Guanajuato, Mexico, 2008
There is a place in our minds where we experience the inspiration of creative art; there is another realm where we ponder the rational calculations of science. But what happens when we put these insights together? We grasp the tangible beauty of the world.
Three accomplished photographers explore the intersections of art and science in this exhibit. Bob Fera and Mike Mayda point their cameras to the heavens to capture astonishing images of faraway galaxies; Terry Nathan follows the curving arcs of tiny whiffs of smoke and connects them to the seminal ideas of Isaac Newton. Together these three artists invite us to ponder the scientific dimensions of art, and the artistic insights of science.
Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is pleased to present the “Intentional Photographs” of Gene Crowe in an exhibit called Small Things, in the Step Up Gallery.
Crowe been working with digital images that he calls Small Things: found objects, macro images, still life, parts, and the manipulation of light on different surfaces. This project actually began in the early 1960’s when he began exploring extremely close focusing. He has been developing skills with different cameras and printing methods ever since.
The April exhibit at Viewpoint displays the wonderful prints available for purchase in the 2012 Viewpoint Fine Print Auction and Fundraiser. Many well known photographers are featured in this year's the exhibit, along with many other talented Viewpoint members and supporters.
Prints may be purchased now through May 4 in the Online Silent Auction and/or on Saturday, May 5th at the Live Auction. Visit the AUCTION PAGE for the Catalog, the Online Auction, Instant Purchases, Pre-Bidding for the Live Auction, and additional information.