(Photo Credit: Wisteria by Brook Reynolds)

“These desolate structures are evidence of the environmental impact that already exists in our communities. Once viewed as familiar places that served a vital function, they are now toxic sites that remain vacant because it is so difficult to clean them up.”

Brook Reynolds‘ solo exhibition, Light, Sweet, Crude, is currently on display in the Center’s South Gallery until Saturday, June 19. Her series was selected by juror Katherine Ware for the Center’s Portfolio ShowCase, Volume 4. Reynolds’ gallery reception as well as the reception for the Red exhibition will be held this Friday night, May 7, from 6 to 9 PM. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Using photography to voice her environmental concerns, Reynolds’ artist statement reads:

“The realism of photography is used to depict the dilapidation and emptiness of abandoned gas stations to emphasize the inevitable failure of the current system and to raise awareness that we are in urgent need of change. ”

Read her entire statement [HERE].

(Photo Credit: Retired by Brook Reynolds)

(Photo Credit: Wasp Nest by Brook Reynolds)

(Photo Credit: Auto Maxx by Brook Reynolds)

(Photo Credit: Ultimate by Brook Reynolds)

(Photo Credit: Bar Codes by Brook Reynolds)

(Photo Credit: Wall No. 1 by Brook Reynolds)

(Photo Credit: Private Property by Brook Reynolds)

(Photo Credit: Moreland by Brook Reynolds)

(Photo Credit: Eminent Domain by Brook Reynolds)

(Photo Credit: Footprints by Brook Reynolds)

(Photo Credit: Patriot by Brook Reynolds)

Brook Reynolds is a fine art photographer based in Charlotte, NC. She received her Master of Fine Arts in photography from the University of Georgia. Light, Sweet, Crude is an ongoing project that began in the spring of 2007.

More of Brook’s work can be found at: