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L.A. Photo Curator: Global Photography Awards - 'Where Photography & Philanthropy Meet'
EXHIBITION #4
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INTRUDER 01 by Zening Wang
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Zening Wang says, "Intruder is a photography project based on my observation of the relationship between humanity and nature. In my opinion, humans and nature are intruding into each other while also living together at the same time. This project began with my experience at the Marin Headlands, California. The first time I went there, I felt that I didn’t fit into a natural place such as that one, and I saw myself as an intruder there. This experience left me feeling that nature had intruded into my heart. Thus, I decided to create this photography series, which shows the humanity’s effect on its surroundings.

In this project, I went to various natural environments to capture different subjects. In my viewfinder, it is easy to see that humans and nature are living together, but there is also something happening and affecting that relationship between humans and nature."

Zening Wang was born in 1993, and grew up in Nanjing, China. He received a B.A degree in photojournalism from Nanjing Normal University. During his college time, he worked for different local newspapers and TV programs as a photographer. After his graduation, he began studying in the MFA program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His current photography project Intruder is about the relationship between humans and nature, and explores the state in which they exist together and intrude upon each other.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

Abandoned Autos, The Image Flow gallery, Mill Valley, CA, 2018

Intruder, Look Gallery, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, 2018

Group show CA.94965, 625 gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2017

https://zeningphotography.com/
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INTRUDER 02 by Zening Wang
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INTRUDER 03 by Zening Wang
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ALPS DAWN by William Nourse
FIRST PLACE
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Michael Kirchoff's review of winning image:"I wish I could simply say that I chose the top image because I just like it. You know, simple and direct, with no pretense or colorful language. The problem is that an image like this is so far removed from such simple descriptions that it would be a disservice to say such a thing. This image perfectly describes what I wanted to find. True, that the term “dramatic landscape” is what we find here, but I have seen something far more interesting than the drama. It’s the subtlety within that sets it apart from the rest of the pack. Sure there is a stunning use of light found here, and that is always something that I look for. The environment itself is about as awe-inspiring as you can find in the world. So let’s check those two boxes off the list and see what’s left. The color, the atmosphere, and the representation of human figures are all the subtleties that complete this image for me.

It represents not just our planet, nature, or our landscape, but it shows our place as living breathing entities able to appreciate these nuances on a grand scale. There is the balance of power that shows us how small we are in this world. This image shows me that I cannot ever take this world for granted, for my contributions to it will never measure up to what is seen here. An image that humbles me is one that I will not forget."

Kirchoff asks, "Do you find that most of your favorite images come as a result of planning and waiting for images to present themselves, or are you more often responding to moments as they happen?"

Nourse says, "I definitely find that my favorite images are the result of spontaneous events, combinations of light and weather that make for a unique presentation.  When traveling, there's not often the time to wait for specific weather conditions - you make the best of what you can get, but that's what makes some of those images my favorites!"

Kirchoff asks, "Describe to us what you feel is the most important part of the aesthetic you are presenting with your photographs."

Nourse says, "I love the concept of the 'Sublime' - the feeling of wonder (and sometimes fear) provoked by being confronted by the power of the natural world.  Presenting that concept in my photographs is definitely my intent.  Sometimes, it might be by showing a sense of relative scale, while at others it might be by capturing dramatic motion and movement."

Kirchoff asks, "How would you interpret your place in the world as someone who is documenting the landscape? Is conservation and awareness a part of your thinking?"

Nourse says, "It's difficult not to be aware of the impact of humanity on nature today, whether traveling in a crowded National Park or through an empty landscape like the Gobi Desert, but I think I'm most aware when visiting areas with glaciers, such as Iceland or the Alps.

In the fifteen years since I first visited Chamonix, for example, the glaciers have shrunk dramatically, both in length and volume, which impacts not only the natural ecosystem, but also the ability for mountaineers and climbers to engage in their chosen activities. In Iceland, the human impact of tourism over the last decade has been substantial, requiring the creation of additional facilities to support all of those people, which in turn changes the character of the landscape"

Additional review by Curator Susan Spiritus:
"When I originally opened the email message from Laurie Freitag with her request to look at and comment on the winning image that Michael Kirchoff selected, I did so on my iPhone - as I’m sure most of us did or will do. I read Michael’s review, scrolled to see the photo and quickly realized that the screen size did not do this photo any justice! 

Indeed William Nourse’s photograph ‘Alp’s Dawn’ is majestic in nature, but it also has multiple layers which capture your gaze. As the early morning mist hovers over the mountains and the rising sun illuminates the people on the path, it clearly brings another quadrant into view. I love the tonal ranges that the photo offers and can only imagine it if it were offered as a platinum print! 

Congratulations William Nourse on a winning image."
Susan Spiritus
Susan Spiritus Gallery
http://susanspiritusgallery.com/​

Additional review by curator Fran Forman:
Michael’s critique reflects my own views, although he says it so much better! 
But here goes:
The majesty of the mountain range, the subtlety of the almost monochromatic palette, the scale of the human figures trudging though the snow to an unknown, invisible location, the motion of the lighter tones encircling the darkened heights in the center...all these elements create a cohesive image that astounds, awes, humbles, and delightsme. Bravo!

Fran Forman
http://www.franforman.com/
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Will Nourse says, "The opportunity to spend time in wild places is increasingly precious in our modern society. Seeing fog form in Yosemite Valley, witnessing the power of a storm at the beach, meditating on a sunset in the Rocky Mountains or feeling insignificant beneath the brilliance of the Milky Way on a clear night are activities that fewer and fewer people in the world take the time to, and are able to, experience. 

While there are an ever-increasing number of photographers, there are far fewer landscape artists who express themselves through photography. As Galen Rowell wrote 'Well-executed photos of familiar scenes predictably fill up months of Sierra Club and Audubon calendar and put bread on the table of the chosen photographer, but the question a dedicated nature photographer should be asking is, “Do I want to be a content provider or a visual artist?” Rowell, and contemporary landscape photographers such as Alister Benn, Ryan Dyar and Rafael Rojas have all strongly influenced how I think about the artistic process of creating images, both in the field and in the digital darkroom.

Traveling to the wild and returning with images that capture the essence of a place and the emotion that it evokes is what I do as a visual artist.  This may be a grand landscape in the mountains, a storm-wracked shore or a peaceful sunset over a lake, but in each image distilling that essence and communicating it to the viewer is my objective.  I am often drawn, as well, to strong, graphic elements in natural images, capturing line, color or texture in natural scenes – this may be in the fractal nature of mountain shapes, newly formed ice on a puddle or contrasting light and shadow on a dune.

The French Alps have been inspirational for artists, hikers and climbers for centuries and returning there this summer after an absence of 15 years rekindled the same sense of wonder and awe that I felt when I first visited.  The bulk of the massif contrasts with the delicate points of the Aiguilles (needles in French), and the gauze of clouds can wrap them thickly or part momentarily to expose the rock and snow.  Capturing those moments of exposure and drama took patience, but was well rewarded. 

Part of the challenge and reward of photography is capturing that ephemeral moment and sharing the experience with the viewer.  In landscape and nature photography, that might be first light on a mountainside, the patterns of foam on water or the layering of clouds over a landscape, but the intent is the same as that of a portrait or even a travel snapshot: ‘this is what I saw and how I felt – experience it with me."

Will Nourse is a landscape photographer known for his dramatic landscape images expressing the power and beauty of our natural world.

He has been an avid photographer for almost twenty years, and his work reflects a lifetime of hiking, backpacking, climbing, skiing and sailing, all of which have given him a deep appreciation for the wonders of nature. 

He has been featured at the Paula Estey Gallery in Newburyport, MA and the Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY and a series of images were featured in the first print edition of All About Photo Magazine in June, 2018

He has exhibited in juried shows at the Cambridge Art Association, the Newburyport Art Association (NAA), the Rockport Art Association, 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles, CA and various online galleries.  Recently, he exhibited in the Cambridge Art Association’s National Prize Show (2017), his image ‘Seljalandsfoss #2’ was selected as Best in Show for Photography in the NAA’s 20th Annual Regional Juried Show (2017) and his photo ‘Vestrahorn #1’ won the Newburyport Development Award for Work in Photography in the NAA’s 2016 Fall Member’s Juried Show Part II.

He currently resides in Amesbury, MA with his wife, daughter, two Wheaten Terriers and two cats.

www.willnourse.photography
Instagram:  @wnourse.photo
 
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ON HIGH by William Nourse
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VALLEE BLANCHE by William Nourse
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MER DE GLACE by Thomas Zamolo
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Thomas Zamolo says, "My name is Thomas Zamolo, I am a french artist living in Sweden since the year 2000. i have chosen those 3 images for your theme because through out the two last years both in the summer and winter, I have been enjoying going back to my roots and especially where I come from in the French Alps to photograph the landscapes.

Hiking around on the top of Europe, I am feeling small and humble beside those big dramatic rocks, but it also gives me a lots of courage and energy. happiness to feel close and connected to nature, but also sadness to see glaciers melting so fast years after years.  In regards to your theme I stop on the word "our" and question myself on how do we take care of what is ours... or even, maybe we should not think that this place is ours. Maybe more like a guest that needs to behave much better...

There's for sure a lots of emotions that goes through me and hope to capture some bits of it on my polaroid films.

Instant film and I have been using each other since the moment we have found one another. I now come to understand that right from the start and through the interest, challenge, frustration, pride: we were simply collaborating all along. At times, I am mistreating it and in other moments the film showing me it’s artistic power, nourishing my curiosity to push it even further.

A broad curiosity that led to slowly building a body of work, creating photographs ranging from mosaic to landscape to portraits, in the direction of any technique or projects in which my interest took me.

I am not the type of photographer that will want to shoot with the same camera and film my whole life. I am too unfaithful for that and way too excited about the potential this medium has to offer.

While using the classical canon of beauty, I’m seeking a multiple layering in the reading of my photographs. An exploration and questioning of the content but at times also commenting on the support or context of photography itself.

As an artist, it is hard these days not to be affected by what is happening around us. Since a couple of years and with different series or projects, I find myself attracted to work around the topics of identity, gender, beauty, eroticism, nihilism and other darker feelings the human can get stuck with."

Thomas Zamolo's artistic practice engages the cross-pollination of knowledge from his long-term experience in photography, dance and lighting design.

His interest in instant photography stems, in part, from a fascination with the romantic, eerie and painterly qualities possible with the techniques of such chemical processes and analogue technologies. As a photographer, Thomas is perhaps best known for his work with mosaic. In his images he explores a wide range of topics from surreal landscape to psychosocial staged scenes. He was born in France and now lives and works in Sweden.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

• Represented by LittleBig Galerie in Paris and Arles

SELECTED EXHIBITION BETWEEN 2010 TO PRESENT:

- “LOST SHADOW // Not yet, already gone” / Solo Exhibition/ Littlebig Galerie, Paris

- Chair / Group exhibition / A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, Texas, USA

(Awarded "Director's Honorable mention)

- The Photographic Nude 2018 / Group exhibition / LightBOX Photographic gallery. Astoria, Oregon, USA

- “Classical Position” / Solo Exhibition/ Impossible Project Space Paris

- Black & White (and Blue) / Group Exhibition / Darkroom Gallery, Vermont, USA

- Flawed / Group exhibition / A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, Texas, USA

(Awarded "Director's selection)

- Le Polaroid dans tous ses états / SOLO exhibition / Little Big Galerie, Paris.

- IDENTITY / SOLO exhibition / Galleri Axel, Stockholm/Sweden.

- Solo Exhibition - EN FACE / Paris.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

Polaroid The Missing Manual

Pryme 2017 Annual Journal

Analog Magazine issue 5#

Blur Magazine Issue #41, #42

Heaven

Supplementaire, Isue #15

Le Polaroid / technique et artistique

C-International Photo Magazine

TicKL Magazine, Volume #3, #4


www.thomaszamolo.com
 
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LES DRUS by Thomas Zamolo
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AIGUILLE DU GREPON by Thomas Zamolo
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THE RAIN ARRIVES by Storm Sermay
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Storm Sermay says,"I have photographed landscapes extensively around the Western U.S. The intent of these photos is to capture the atmosphere and emotional sense of place rather than a specific travel location. I love the drama of the sky in the West and I think these ‘skyscapes’ are as relevant as the landforms. My photography is black and white so that the viewer has the chance to focus on the light, shadow, shape, and texture of a scene.

Born in New York and raised in Florida, I have lived in New Mexico for almost 44 years. My serious photography began in 2008 after I began taking classes at Mesilla Digital Imaging in Las Cruces and then continued classes with Santa Fe Photo Workshops both in the U.S. and internationally. In 2013 I was invited to join the Border Artists, a group consisting of 20 artists including painters, sculptors, photographers, metal and stone workers, printmakers, and  mixed media artists.

I am also a member of theDoña Ana Photography Club where I have presented programs and taught a number of photography workshops. Since 2011 I have shown my work in solo exhibitions including public art, juried group shows across the U.S., and by invitation.


Partial CV:

Solo Shows:

(upcoming) 2019 The Front Porch, Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces, NM

2018 Oceans and Deserts, Tombaugh Gallery, Las Cruces, NM

2016 Women at Work, Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces, NM

2015 Ink, Art Obscura Gallery, Las Cruces, NM

2014 A Different View: Our Public Lands, Main Street Gallery, Las Cruces, NM

2013 Descansos: Love, Grief, and Faith, Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces, NM

2013 Capturing Cuba, Main Street Gallery, Las Cruces, NM

2012 The Art of the Cotton Gin, Farm & Ranch Museum, Las Cruces, NM

2011 Shrimp Boats: Lost Days, Tombaugh Gallery, Las Cruces, NM  

Juried Group Shows:

2018 Here and Now, New Mexico State University Art Gallery & Las Cruces Museum of Art,Las Cruces, NM

2017 International Eye of the Camera, International Museum of Art, El Paso, TX

2016 Focal Point, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD

2015 Faces of Ecuador, Crossland Gallery, El Paso, TX - invitational

2015 In Celebration of Trees, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT

2014 The Elegant Nude, The Gallery at the Watershed, Eugene, OR 

2014 The Bicycle: Art Meets Form, Theater Arts Gallery, High Point, NC 

2014 Real People, Northwest Area Arts Council, Old Courthouse Arts Center, Woodstock, IL 

2014 Through My Lens, Cortland National Photography Exhibit, The Picture House, Cortland, NY 

2014 InSight Women’s Photography Exhibit, Fine Arts Bldg., Albuquerque, NM 

2013 Real People, Northwest Area Arts Council, Old Courthouse Arts Center, Woodstock, IL 

2013 Focus on the Face, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA 

2013 Reflections, Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY

2013 InSight Women’s Photography Exhibit, Fine Arts Bldg., Albuquerque, NM 

2013 Encore: A Look at Music, Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA 

2012 Light, Filter Photo Festival, David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago, IL

2012 The Portrait: Up Close and Personal, Mpls Photo Center, Minneapolis, MN

Public Art:

2014 El Paso Airport Art Windows, City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, El Paso, TX

Awards:

2017 Judge’s Award, International Eye of the Camera Exhibition

2014 Honorable Mention, America the Beautiful Art Show

www.stormsermayphotography.com
Email: storm@stormsermayphotography.com
 
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OCOTILLO by Storm Sermay
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