(Above: Powell Jordano, my wonderful boyfriend. This is just a little update on what I’ve been doing in my work — just messing around with lighting in the studio and taking some wide angle, distorted portraits!)
I have been absolutely horrible with keeping my blog up to date, but I’m going to try to start updating it on (at least) a weekly basis.
So for today’s post, I’d like to share some awesome photography shows going on in Chicago right now. Seriously, if you’re in Chicago and have any interest in photography, you should DEFINITELY go see these three.
1. The Innocents - Photographed and interviewed by Taryn Simon
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any good images of her work up on google, but there are a few images up on the website I posted above. It’s a very heartbreaking exhibit. Simon photographs wrongly convicted felons that have served years in prison (some even faced the death sentence) for crimes that they did not commit. Their stories are absolutely unbelievable.
The Gage gallery is located at 18 S. Michigan on the first floor.
2. The Suffering of Light - Alexander Webb
Webb photographs the often vibrant light of developing countries, often showing his audience the tender, personal moments that we do not see in the media. If you enjoy beautiful, dramatic lighting — you must see this show.
This show is located at the Stephen Daiter Gallery, just off of the Chicago brown line stop in River North. Check out the site for more info.
3. Double Life - Kelli Connell
Kelli Connell’s Double Life series explores the duality of human nature in relationships. Using only one model, she photographs and digital manipulates her images to make her model’s “double.”
I have to add a personal note here: as much as I absolutely adore Kelli Connell’s work, I was a little disappointed by the printing quality in the show. Some of the images looked pixelated and blown out in the highlights. I still highly recommend checking it out though, especially since there’s some great work up by random artists in the other half of the gallery.
The Catherine Edelman Gallery is also located off the Chicago brown line, just around the corner from the Daiter Gallery. Again, check out the site for more info!
Anyway, I hope someone enjoys this post :)
I recently wrote a short critical paper about the iconography of Salvador Dali’s painting Corpus Hypercubus, as well as a brief response to Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida and Walter Benjamin’s The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. I may post those soon, as the painting is one of the most interesting representations of Christ’s crucifixion that I have ever seen, and the other two books are simply crucial to know if you’re a photographer.