An upcoming exhibit in Photoworks at Glen Echo Park in Maryland looks to be quite promising if you are in the area. It is called “Places We Find” and it will feature the work of Sandy Sugawara and Catiana Garcia Kilroy. The exhibit open on September 28 and run through November 4, 2018. A reception/gallery talk will be held Saturday, September 29, 4:00-6:00 pm as well.
What’s so special about it? There aren’t many photos to preview, except the one above, so it’s hard to say just what kind of images you’ll find at the actual exhibit, so for one, the exhibit will really be a surprise. The second thing that grabbed my attention, convincing me this exhibit would be worth the risk, was the artist’s statements. It would appear that this exhibit is all about slowing down (and making your viewers do the same), being present and noticing the details, which I think is something all street photographers could stand to do once in a while. Take a moment to read a couple of excerpts, and feel free to form your own opinion.
“The photographs in this project are framed around objects encountered in everyday life, things like washing machines, electrical cords, office phones, window shades and bus stops. They are the kind of objects that rarely warrant a second glance. Yet when a splash of sunlight or an unexpected spot of color appears, an otherwise mundane object can take on an otherworldly radiance. This is the kind of place I seek to find, intimate scenes with a quiet energy, a place where viewers can learn to exhale.”
Catiana Garcia Kilroy:
“My photographs are about showing how common places can become a source of surprise and discovery. With this objective, my framing puts together unexpected fragments of places, objects or people. Or I use screens in the forefront of the photograph, forcing viewers to slow down the process of seeing and discovery. By making viewers slow down, I hope to help them pay more attention to details and unexpected interactions between objects, colors and shapes.”
I vote that if you are anywhere near Glen Echo Park, MD during the course of this exhibit, you should stop in and take a look. Perhaps, you might gain some insights that can help you use even the tiniest of details to tell an important story, or maybe you’ll learn how to simply see more by slowing down, or perhaps you’ll see how to make viewers take a second look at your images. Any such takeaways would certainly be of value.