Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is pleased to present the exhibit Moods of Venice by Robert Hubbell in its Step Up Gallery in September.
“Ah, Venice, that magical place,” sighs Bob. “My romantic heart beat as I strolled her alleys and plazas. I enjoyed her architecture, the glories of her art, the dignified decay of her weathered buildings, the romance of her nights, and the exuberance of her past.”
In 2011 Bob spent two weeks in Venice, much of it simply wandering, trying to absorb and photograph what he saw. “Different aspects of the city generated different responses,” he says, “from the cliché of gondolas moored near San Marco Square to the giant billboard dominating the Bridge of Sighs. I was intrigued by reflections in the canals. Brightly colored like the billboard, they are reminiscent of Venice’s glory days, when whole buildings were covered with murals, and extravagance was a way of life. The twilight hours add still another mood to the city, as the colors become muted and the ghosts of the past begin to whisper.”
The photographs in this exhibit are all digital, processed (but not “manipulated”) in Photoshop, and printed using archival inks.
Bob Hubbell received his first camera in his teens, a hand-me-down from his older brother, and “I haven’t stopped clicking since”. For a long time it was just family and travel pictures, but about twenty years ago he took several workshops from Ernie Braun at Pt. Reyes, who opened his eyes to what photography could be. Later he took workshops from Stuart Scofield in the White Mountains. He also looks to the giants of photography for inspiration, with Ernst Haas at the top of his personal list.
Around the same time he “found a photo home in the Sierra Camera Club in Sacramento. The photographers there provide unending inspiration, stimulation and support, as well as friendship.” A long-time user of Photoshop, he has presented many workshops to the Sierra Camera Club on digital processing and other aspects of photography. His exhibition history includes Awards of Merit at the California State Fair and a solo exhibit at CSU Sacramento.
A resident of Sacramento since 1976, Bob is a retired professor of speech pathology at California State University Sacramento. He served as President of Sierra Camera Club from 2007 to 2011. About the future, he says, “I plan to continue photographing as long as I can still flex my shutter finger.”
Robert Hubbell: Gondoliers
Robert Hubbell: Piazza at Dusk
Robert Hubbell: Reflection, Two Houses and a Boat