When was the last time you saw one of those little black film canisters, or a drive-up photo kiosk? Photography has evolved light years away from those days of negatives and darkrooms with increasingly sophisticated digital cameras and imaging software.
The evolution happened slowly as advances in technology changed the very nature of photography and photographs. “But, has progress altered the way we fundamentally see ourselves and the world?” wonders Jack O’Brien, curator, Naples Art Association (NAA).
Moon-Rays, Colleen Provost
He encourages us to ponder this question as we peruse the exhibition “Pictures In Process,” featuring recent works in photography by NAA member artists. “Many gallery viewers have been left grappling with the changes and think of digital imagery as only a harshly sharper and more saturated version of film photography,” says O’Brien, “while others see advances in technology as a naturally occurring development allowing mankind to reach new heights of creativity and self-expression.”
Stand By Me, Art David
The exhibit will be on display at the von Liebig Art Center until September 26. Besides finding your own answers to these questions, a visit to the gallery is a fine way to celebrate the NAA’s sixtieth anniversary of promoting local artists, educating people and engaging the community to become involved in the visual arts.
Approaching Storm, Debbie Rubin
John Oliver Home: Oldest Log Cabin in Cades Cove, Great Smokey Mountains, Dennis Holt
Calm Before the Storm, Dennis Goodman
In the Light, Matt Milligan