One-Sixth of a Second | Steve Geer
Photographer and filmmaker Elliott Erwitt once said of photography: "I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them."
Motion blurring is not something we experience in our everyday vision. It's created by the camera's technology. When we look at motion blur in a photograph we are presented with a different way of seeing. Motion blurring removes some of the detail we seek. It's as if we have permission to stare but only at what we might have perceived in a quick glance.
According to Geer, “Street photography can be fascinating. I think it's because we are naturally nosy. We want to stare, to absorb the details and imagine the facts. But on the street, we only get a glimpse. We don't have permission to stare. The great thing about a street photograph is that we have permission to stare.“
Half of the images in Geer’s series are single exposures. In the other half he has created a time-collage by combining two or more images from a single tripod-mounted sequence.
In 2017, Steve Geer’s photographs have been: published in the April issue of Silvershotz Magazine; featured in the "Silvershotz 2017 Folio Annual" book; published in the Photographers Forum "Best of Photography 2017" book ; and, featured in the December issue of the Journal of the Royal Photographic Society. In recognition of his work, in October the RPS awarded Geer an Associate membership (ARPS).
Chimeric | Anthony Iacuzzi
In today’s digital world where reality and fantasy are blurred by the power of computer software, what one sees can be deceiving. The special effects achieved by contemporary film makers, for example, are so realistic that the distinction between artifice and reality has been all but eliminated. The same is true in the realm of photography. Today, there are times when courts must employ forensic experts to determine whether a photograph is original and un-retouched or manipulated. The fact is that the casual, untrained eye cannot easily perceive the artifice created by a skilled technician. Such is the power of contemporary digital editing software.
This ability to rearrange or otherwise manipulate pixels has spawned the field of digital art. It is a genre whose ability to generate images is only limited by one’s imagination, skill and knowledge of the tools at hand.
The images in Iacuzzi’s series, Chimeric, all began as digital color photos of architectural details. The photos in the series were selected using one or both of two criteria: their inherent aesthetic composition and/or their potential for revealing the underlying essence or structure of their subject matter. Those original photographs were then reinterpreted into abstract images using photo-editing software. The result is a series of images that bear little or no resemblance to the photographic medium that initially created them.
According to Iacuzzi this process of abstraction is akin to extraction. "It involves taking what is found in the real world and expressively extracting its basic elements of shape, color, line and texture.” This reductionist approach to image making pays homage to that artistic school of thought which believes that less is more.
Anthony Iacuzzi is a fine art photographer and graphic designer. He is co-founder of Perspective Group and Photography Gallery in Evanston, Illinois. Iacuzzi has had his work selected for numerous local, national and international juried exhibitions.
Work by William Bridges, Vanessa Filley and Suzanne Metzel will also be on display.
The exhibition runs February 1st to February 25th, 2018, with an opening reception on Saturday, February 3rd from 5-7 p.m. An artist talk/discussion will take place on February 8th at 7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.