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uBe Gallery ~ Opening Night

Creatures: real and imagined II

Exhibition Dates: February 3 - April 1, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday February 3, 6-9PM

Featured Artwork: The Belly

To view the other featured Artists visit the online gallery at Ube Gallery:

Denise Tarantino, Laura Castellanos, Tali Grinshpan, Janeane Sanborn, Karen Bondarchuk, Luke Schutzman, Lindsey Heiden, Jocelyn Young, Kathryn Reichert, Jaime Stagg, Dale Lerner, Lena  Thomas, Teresa Meier, Sarah Buzzard, Alison Ye, Carmen Tibbets, Jessica Teckemeyer, Brian Weaver, Jillian Nalty, Tyler Quintin, Susan Sterling, Christopher Brown, Susan Press, Daria Lvovsky, Elisabetta Martignetti, Kazuma Sambe, Bernell Loeb, Kristine Synowka, John Hilton, Rebecca Hamlin Green, Brad Blair, Mark Dierker, Tom Gibbons, and Danny Taylor

Creatures Real and Imagined II online gallery

Creatures Real and Imagined II | uBe Gallery
Creatures Real and Imagined II exhibition at uBe Gallery
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The Center for Fine Art Photography
Exhibition Dates | December 2- January 7, 2017
Public + Artists’ Reception | December 2nd, 5:30-9:00 pm
Featured Artwork: The Approach

To view the other artists visit the Home exhibition online at the Center for Fine Art Photography.

Kevin Miller’s Statement
Serene, comforting, intimate, eloquent, secure, fragile, uncertain, precarious, even ambivalent. All these words can well describe any number of images in this exhibition. Home is such a wonderful and universal concept that it was always going to elicit profound engagement by these photographers. It is a deeply felt notion, but one which manifests so completely differently in each of our hearts and minds. It is a notion that is eventually discovered, identified and expressed in so many different ways and through so many unique prisms of belief, experience and perspective. The range of work was astounding; but how to pull some common threads together, give some emphasis to emerging patterns of thought, concerns and pre-occupations about HOME?
All of these photographers have clearly articulated their particular vision or concept of HOME. Their lenses and sensibility are directed to an enormous range of manifestations of home. Firstly, here in our privileged first world milieu we have images of secure comfort, even indulgence and intimacy. We also see images drawn from the margins of our own cultural moment; homelessness, improvised dwellings and living rough, right in our midst. We see what were once secure homes filled with life now abandoned, crumbling, empty or vanquished. These images quietly whisper an unease and uncertainty that lay beneath our comfort and security.
In some hands the lens examines other cultures where our own sense of home and our expectations would find little to be confident about. We see the lives of the less affluent and the more modest aspirations of people who seem closer to the land. People who have a more austere and essential life, with their elegantly spare interiors uncluttered by a surfeit of consumer possessions that are stripped bare to the essence of home; shelter, safety, community, family, wholeness. We come to these images, I believe with more than a small dose of admiration, even envy, for what might to some seem now like a “Paradise Lost” of wholeness, family and identity. But we also have images drawn from a darker sense of the erosion and precariousness of home in a more hostile world for some who must constantly struggle against the natural elements or the vagaries of government bureaucracy.
So, now we all come to our own thoughts, our wistful recollections and our warm reflections in the midst of these photographs that have made visual and manifest in the world; the sensibilities that each photographer has distilled and made still in one perfect image.
_Kevin Miller
August 2016

The Curated Fridge ~ On A Road Trip!

So Excited to be apart of the Road Trip show and have my work on the fridge! Thanks Yorgos and Aline!

The Curated Fridge goes to Photoville!


Aline Smithson

From the Curated Fridge About page:

"Hello everyone! The idea behind this project is to celebrate fine art photography and connect photographers from around the world. There is a guest curator for every show and all the big decisions are made over coffee and cake or wine and tapas, depending on the mood!
All you have to do is send your artwork or promos and you might end up on the fridge. The Fridge Shows run on a quarterly basis. For more info about how to submit check the Call for Entrée.

Don't forget that The Curated Fridge will do its best to promote your work and connect you with a wider audience. If you work was selected to be included in a Fridge Show, you can send your news (shows/publications) and they will be posted on The Curated Fridge Facebook page!
All you have to do is send a jpg (of the participating image), the date, time, location and name of the show, and a link (if any).

Please share The Curated Fridge website with all your friends who love photography. In addition, you can like and share our facebook page and follow us on instagram.

Thank you so much for supporting this project!

The Curated Fridge is the brainchild of Yorgos Efthymiadis. To learn more about him and his work, click here."

Aug 13, 2016

See my full feature and interview here.

"Underexposed Magazine is dedicated to showcasing and promoting fine art photography made by women. If you are a female, or female identifying photographer, send us a link to your website, or 10-15 images in low resolution, no larger than 10MB at underexposedphotos@gmail.com"

Curated by Davìda Carta.

1. Where are you from and where are you living right now?

I grew up in Salem, Oregon and I currently live in Deadwood, Oregon on the edge of the Siuslaw National Forest.

2. Does the place you live in affect your art and practice?

Definitely. Growing up in the valley meant constantly being surrounded by lush green, which is a color that is prevalent in much of my work. I’ve spent most of my life outdoors and it’s where I like to make my photographs, in natural light exploring remote landscapes.

3. How does being a female photographer influence your work? Do you encounter any challenges in your practice relate to that?

Apart from a series of nude self-portraits, my work generally does not deal with gender. The nude self-portraits began as an assignment during my MFA to push me out of my comfort zone and work in a genre I ordinarily wouldn’t. As a bit of a tomboy I am not entirely comfortable with my femininity and view my body as physically strong and a tool to take me on my adventures. The project was incredibly cathartic and gave me an unexpected view of myself.

I do think it’s difficult, as  a woman, to break into a field that is dominated by white males, but I don’t let that intimidate me. I founded a program for underprivileged teens that is meant to address this disparity of woman and minorities in the field, by providing the opportunity to learn about the industry and teach a few skills. I believe, building communities and providing support for one another is a powerful thing and a positive way to initiate and inspire change within the field.

4. Do you want to share something about your body of work? What are you working on right now?

I love to adventure, and many of these images are from recent travels. When I curated this particular set of images I was thinking about the sensory experiences of traveling — running your hand through grass, feeling your hair whip across your face in the wind, the heat of a campfire. I’m a very tactile person and these are things I zone in on. I’m currently experimenting with editing these and similar still images, as well as short video clips into video format that further enhances sensory experiences.

5. How do you get inspiration? Who do you admire?

I read a lot and pull much of my inspiration from both non-fiction and fiction novels – I love the works of Neil Gaiman whose way of writing really sparks my imagination. I also look at a lot of painters, particularly the surrealists like Magritte and Kahlo. I also really love studying the complex narrative structures of painter Eric Fischl and photographer Gregory Crewdson. And I love poring over the work of Cig Harvey. Her use of color is mesmerizing and her interpretation of magical realism just gets me.

6. Do you shoot mostly color or black and white? Why?

Color. I’m fascinated by it. I feel like I have so much to learn and explore just in regards to color. It’s so emotional, and I love that. The pink photos that Richard Mosse created for his series in the Congo are so intriguing for that reason. Pink is no less true to reality than black and white, but people had this very visceral reaction to the pink color.

When I have worked in black and white it’s because I wanted to focus on form, and eliminating color made that easier for me.

Follow her work here: http://teresameier.com and here https://www.facebook.com/TeresaMeierPhoto/?pnref=lhc 

All images and texts are protected by Copyright and belong to the Artist.

The Young Photographers Alliance
The Young Photographers Alliance puts talented young photographers in collaboration with professional photographers. They explore one powerful subject to create portfolio quality images, develop business and marketing skills, and experience the power of photography to explore and communicate their (personal) perspective on important issues.

To read my full interview visit Young Photographers Alliance Where Are They Now

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