-- Deeper --
Robin V. Robinson,
Explorations in Ocean Light
Black and White Photographs
Curator: William Giles
October 27, 2012 through January 5, 2013
Sponsor: Charles Schwab – Carmel Valley Branch
This exhibition demonstrates that in the world of underwater photography an artistic approach to the light, landscape and life of the ocean has begun to supplant the traditional descriptive approach. Strikingly, the work is entirely done in black and white. For a complex web of reasons, Monterey and its environs have become probably the most vital and concentrated place in the world for this new work, and its leading regional proponents are represented in this exhibition.
Photography has a time-honored descriptive role, both underwater and everywhere else: the photographer visits the foreign place–and no place is more foreign than the ocean–and brings back a rich visual record of what was seen. Descriptive photographs can be accurate and faithful, and stunningly beautiful. But seldom are they metaphorical, allusive, meditative, ambiguous or evocative. Seldom are they spiritual. Never are they sacred.
The photographers in this exhibition, on the other hand, have visited a foreign place and come back with a record derived from what was felt, imagined, experienced, believed, recognized, or intuitively known. They have brought back a kind of photograph that is less accurately descriptive–after all they are in black-and-white--but which encourages a contemplative state for the viewer where recognition and even metaphorical participation in the artist's perception is at least possible. Which is to say they do the work that all art tries to do. To paraphrase the language of sacraments, these photographs are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual relationships.
It is perhaps an oversimplification to say that the descriptive photographs are photographs of nature while the artistic photographs are photographs of the experience and perception of the artist, but perhaps it is not.
- David Bayles
William Giles has studied and worked with many of the masters of photography including Minor White, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lang, Beaumont Newhall, Nathan Lyons, Hollis Todd, Ralph Hattersley, Paul Caponigro, and Jerry Uelsmann. He has an MFA from the University of Rochester where he later became Chairman of the Department of Photography. He has taught and given workshops across the country throughout his photographic career. His photographic work ranges from documentary to traditional landscape. He has worked in silver gelatin as well as manipulated Polaroids. His work can be found in collections from San Francisco to Paris and has been published in numerous books and portfolios.
This exhibition is made possible in part by a donation from Charles Schwab - Carmel Valley Branch.
Deeper: Explorations in Ocean Light
This soft-cover catalog includes 25 images from the October 27, 2012 – January 5, 2013 exhibition. Designed for CPA by Takigawa Design, the book also includes statements from the artists, curator William Giles, and co-producer David Bayles. The catalog may be purchased at the CPA Gallery for $20.00, and may also be previewed and purchased online from our publisher: MagCloud.
Digital book: $4.00
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Deeper Photographers Offer Portfolio for Raffle
The photographers whose bodies of work are included in the current exhibition at CPA titled Deeper - Explorations in Ocean Light have created a limited number of portfolios in recognition of the exhibition.
They have generously offered one of the portfolios to CPA to be used as a raffle prize for a fundraiser that will run the duration of the exhibition. This exceptional portfolio consists of five photographs with
an introductory page written by David Bayles. All are enclosed in a beautiful hand-made paper case. The portfolio is currently on display in the CPA gallery.
Raffle tickets to win this portfolio will be for sale for $5.00 a ticket or 5 tickets for $20.00 at the CPA gallery through January 5th, 2013, the final day of the exhibition. The drawing will be held after the exhibition