Monday, January 17, 2011
The LA Photo Show Experience
As if it were the last piece of cake, I wanted to savor every moment I was there. I carefully visited every booth up and down the isles, not to miss anything. At times, I went outside to take a break and let what I just saw absorb into my brain. What I am drawn to is not necessarily what others would love. This is what I love about art. There is something for everyone. I especially love documentary photography and photographs that are personal to the photographer. I think all photographs displayed are beautiful but there is something about capturing a moment in time that wasn't staged that gets to me. Some of those images are the most raw and I could look at them for hours. I am drawn to the subject and want to know more about their life and about the photographer's life. One of the images that stuck out for me was one in a series of images by Bruce Hall. He is documenting the life of his autistic twin sons. Bruce is legally blind.
Events such as this one can be overwhelming. Especially if you take the time to look and think about what you are looking at. I was so engrossed in the experience, at times I had to look around and remember that other people are there. In fact, there were a lot of people there but I didn't notice.
I asked the woman who asked me to move about the photographer and she turned to me, smiled and told me it is Luther Gerlach. He teaches classes at the Getty in Wet Plate photography and it just so happens that he has built and takes 22x30 photographs with the largest wet plate camera in the world.
I am glad that I went and look forward to more art events in the future. I hope that you get out to appreciate arts in your neighborhood.