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JOHN BEAVER

Posted by The Center on December 1, 2010


(Photo credit: John Beaver, “Silvia 1”)

At times the physical components of a photograph speak volumes about the subject of the image contained within. Here, the peeling emulsion of John Beaver’s portrait echoes the ordeal of radiation treatment.

In his own words:

Silvia 1 is the first in a series of five portraits of Silvia and the mask she used as part of her treatment for a brain aneurysm.  She is posed but only generally so, the details having been left up to her.  I seem to gravitate toward tension in my photography — between the intentional and the accidental…

And so in Silvia 1 the failed part of the long-out-of-date and discontinued Polaroid emulsion cuts into Silvia’s head from behind, and the natural but slightly awkward position of her hand suggests far more than I ever could have consciously schemed before tripping the shutter.

See more of John’s work here

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JEREMY ROBERTS

Posted by The Center on November 30, 2010


(Photo credit: Jeremy Roberts, “Cardboard Bed”)

Urban green space is a luxury many take for granted. The development of said spaces revolves around an idealization of man’s existence within natural space. Reality tends to trend differently. Photographer Jeremy Roberts examines the landscape of Golden Gate Park as it is, in light of what it was meant to be.

From his artist statement:

Golden Gate Park became visual evidence of an attempt to recreate and control the natural landscape within the city park system. This began an ongoing series that examines the omnipresent duality of man and nature. The park was built as a means to expand and develop westward.

Historically, as the west was won and the coastal waters reached, our gaze began to look backwards, to reexamine, refine and master the area that had been established. The park is not defined by expansion and new frontiers, rather it looks inward and creates a controlled and designed space.

Jeremy’s work can be seen online here

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