In February, the Step Up Gallery at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center presents an exhibit by member photographer, Jonathan Mumby. The black and white exhibition is entitled Flowing Fantasies and it captures the intense force and beauty of water in nature.
The Flowing Fantasies photographs were made over a period of several years, but the subjects required ages to form. “Finding these subjects under the right conditions is what makes photography rewarding and exciting for me,” says Mumby. “Flash floods move boulders and logs to redecorate canyons. Thunderstorms cause waterfalls to appear one day only to vanish within hours. I return to the same locations again and again to experience these changes.”
The images were all shot in startling black and white, highlighting the sharp contrast of this dramatic subject matter. “I value simplicity over gadgetry and quality over quantity. I know I see subjects better in monochrome than color. As long as the materials are available, I will use black and white film and large format cameras for my photographs. These tools require patience and they compel me to slow down and be more selective of the photographs I make,” says Mumby of his photographic process.
Jonathan Mumby—Hanging Lake
Jonathan Mumby—Kanarra Creek Falls and Log
Jonathan Mumby—Virgin River Boulder
Jonathan Mumby—White Pocket