I’m part of a new photography exhibition this weekend at Lizza Studios, which is located just outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Titled “Parallel Perspectives”, the name draws from the diverse yet complementary styles between myself and renowned photographer Chip Forelli. Needing another photographer to round out the exhibition, he called and asked if I would be interested in participating with him, and I couldn’t have been more honored.
I first met Chip at our first duo exhibition last year, and we immediately realized our similar approaches to photography, and life in general. We traveled different artistic paths – he a black & white photographer, shooting film, using medium format, and trained in the traditional darkroom. I am primarily a color photographer, shooting 35mm digital, and always having used the digital darkroom. Yet our ideas, both visually and philosophically brought us to parallel roads, and it was a great experience to learn and share from someone I now consider a mentor. I urge you to spend some time on his website, and enjoy his unique and extraordinary black and white images.
His work is truly inspiring, and testament to the principle I have always believed, which is that excellent photography takes place when there is an emotional connection between the subject and the photographer. Here’s a great quote I love from his artist statement:
“My personal photographic objective is to acknowledge and celebrate the existence of beauty – it is often found in unexpected or overlooked places and circumstances. Encountering “visual gifts” as I call them are precious experiences and they are available to anyone who decides to rediscover their natural sense of wonder in looking at the world. It takes some effort, but the payoff is great.”
Sharing the “stage” as it were, is something neither one of us seems to think much about, and I believe that makes for a better experience for both the artists and visitors. I’m really looking forward to the opening Sunday afternoon, and hope to capture some photos and video which I’ll post here as soon as I can. Let’s hope we don’t get snowed out!