March 17, 2013: Sunday afternoon Catharine Carter spoke about her exhibition More Dreams, on display at Through This Lens. The crowd was larger than expected, with many regulars and some new faces in attendance. Ms. Carter spoke about her process and the many artists and movements that have influenced her work. This show is unusual, and very appealing to anyone who enjoys illustrative visual art.
Catharine Carter speaking at Through This Lens
Although we will continue to represent Ms. Carter, this exhibition is on display only through Wednesday, March 20th - so hurry on in for a rich viewing experience.
March is a bit uncommon for us because we have a short show of new work by Catharine Carter - to be followed in just over two weeks by the First Annual Will Grossman Memorial Photography Competition opening reception.
We've shown Catharine Carter's work in September/October of 2011. Some of the current work is a continuation from the previous project, but some pieces are completely new in image and process. It is late so I will revise this posting in a day or two - but please take a look at the current issue of Black and White magazine to see Ms. Carter's work featured.
Please don't forget that you still have time to enter work into the Will Grossman Photography Competition. Find out more here: http://www.throughthislens.com/grossmanphotocompetition.html
A further note to Through This Lens members: You will receive a $5 discount off the registration fee for the Will Grossman Memorial Competition. It is sponsored by an outside group, and much of the registration fee goes to replenish their fund for prizes in future years.
Photographers can be a hearty lot - Snow, freezing roads, slush, ice-cold rain - all pretty unpleasant stuff, but for the two workshops held at Through This Lens presented by Margo Taussig Pinkerton and Arnold Zann AKA Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures - or Margo and Arnie as they are less formally known - the weather was barely a hindrance. I had memories of those three consecutive big snows when I was seven years old, that kept me out of the second grade for nearly two weeks. Those were only memories, and the recent weather was not a show stopper for the dynamic teaching duo. In fact, Sunday, January 27th, the students spent the morning at Duke Gardens shooting the frosty remnants of the snow and ice. After a couple of hours with their cameras, they returned to the gallery to edit and share their work during a compassionate but honest critique.
These were serious photo workshops and serious students. The presentations and activities were very well organized. The students came from as far away as Cincinnati. I've spent the past 20 years teaching various computer applications, yet I gained a lot from sitting in, between customers and other gallery duties. If you were not able to attend, please take a look at Margo and Arnie's web site and consider one of their workshops. You'll work hard, and be happy that you did.
For Margo and Arnie, it was their first time teaching in the Triangle area. They have not previously held their Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures workshops any closer than the Outer Banks of North Carolina - which also happens to be the subject of the current exhibition at the Through This Lens. If you want to see it, The Yin and Yang of the Outer Banks, then stop in by March 2nd. You can also see all the images in small format by going to http://www.throughthislens.com/barefootcontessa/barefootcontessa.html and clicking through the links underneath each pair of Margo and Arnie's photographs.
Will Grossman was a personal friend, but for those of you not acquainted with him, he was a strong supporter of photography, a community activist, and many other commendable things. His friends and family want to remember him with more than praise and flowers so they put together a fund to support an annual photo event in his name: The Will Grossman Annual Photo Competition. This year is the first time for the event and I hope that all of you in the RTP community will consider taking part. Details can be found on the Through This Lens web site at: http://www.throughthislens.com/grossmanphotocompetition.html
Even if you are not an active photographer, or live outside the Triangle area, please help spread the word. This event has photography, friendship and love at its heart.
Given that we've never tried this, I'm curious to know how you feel about salon style exhibitions - the format is quite old, and essentially, lots of work is displayed in a somewhat random fashion. Not the popular and common single row of images at eye level, salon displays have many rows of work and many sizes intermixed. I won't be surprised to hear complaints about lack of respect for the work - and we will surely return to the norm soon enough. For the next two weeks when you visit Through This Lens chaos is the operative display strategy. You will, however, see more work, and more variety than ever before.
While I read
ideas, opinions and technique daily I’m never settled about what photography
is, or should be. This is odd in the respect that a gallerist is expected to
make statements – but I search, observe and wonder. Please tell me how you view photography. Do you believe in
the journalistic perspective and/or in craft? Do you see, or appreciate
value in the artist-made print? Is pictorialism really a hundred years dead, or
just represented with contemporary images? Do we need to make prints with all
the screens around us? What about film? What about The Impossible Project?
Through This Lens has shown many variations of photography, and
that has been part of my exploration of the medium. Please share your opinions
and ideas, and ask your friends to post their ideas here too. If you have an
idea for an exhibition please tell me. I’m always looking for something more,
something different, or something new.
Sunday afternoon, toward the end of Jim Haberman's reception, a discussion began between several photographers. Barbara Tyroler led the way with many questions about Jim's prints. They are black & white Epson pigment prints, and all but one made by the artist. The lone outside print was made for Jim Haberman by Wojtek Wojdynski, an expert printer and an imaginative photographer in his own right. The questions largely related to the strong contrast in many of Jim's prints, if and how the images were manipulated, and why. Of course, the ubiquitous question: "Film or Digital?" came up, and whether it matters.
The discussion was lively - but always friendly. With a little luck, and maybe a some prodding, more idea exchanges like this will take place in the near future. If you were there, please feel free to add to this.
On a related note: I plan to organize a one-day events to share ideas about putting together an exhibition: What is involved, what to expect, how to plan, what costs and rewards to expect.
Through This Lens is a photography gallery nestled in the heart of downtown Durham, NC. Our aim is to be a resource of photographic art in the Southeast. In addition to our gallery we also offer books, posters, custom framing, custom large format printing and other items related to photography.