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Posted by The Center on May 5, 2010

(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:

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Posted by The Center on March 24, 2010

(Photo credit: Girl on Tilt-a-Whirl, Coney Island, NY by Isa Leshko)

Amusement park rides are vehicles for enacting fantasies for both children and adults alike. They simulate flight, daring sea adventures, and encounters with other worldly creatures. From the moment we strap ourselves into our seats, we surrender ourselves to these giant machines and the physical release they provide. The experience combines elation with fear; thrills with chills.

Photographer Isa Leshko’s series of silver gelatin prints, Thrills and Chills, was selected by juror Katherine Ware for the Center’s Portfolio Showcase Volume 4. In the series, Leshko approaches amusement parks both as a bystander–observing rides as they pass her by–and intermittently, as a participant. Both the adolescent excitement and nausea of the park’s attendees–and the multifarious motions and forms of the rides–characterize Leshko’s Holga images. Over the past year, the Thrills and Chills series won two awards at the 2009 Prix de la Photographie, Paris; five prints have been purchased by the Boston Public Library for their permanent collection; and most recently, the series was featured in this month’s edition of Fraction Magazine.

Discussing what the series means to her, Leshko’s artist statement reads:

These images explore the fantastic and sinister place these rides hold in my imagination. With some of these images, I suspend disbelief and embrace the underlying fantasies of these rides. With other images, I examine the tensions that exist between fantasy and reality. I am fascinated by the range of emotions—from anger to shock to disenchantment—that people exhibit in pursuit of the amusement these rides are supposed to provide.

(Photo Credit: Point Pleasant, NJ #1 by Isa Leshko)

(Photo credit: Swing Ride at the Big E by Isa Leshko)

(Photo credit: Waiting by Isa Leshko)

(Photo credit: Alice In Wonderland by Isa Leshko)

(Photo credit: Around the Bend by Isa Leshko)

(Photo Credit: Dangling Legs by Isa Leshko)

(Photo credit: Girls on Buccaneer, Hershey Park, PA by Isa Leshko)

(Photo credit: Roller Coaster Cables, Six Flags, NE by Isa Leshko)

(Photo credit: The Claw, Topsfield Fair, MA by Isa Leshko)

(Photo credit: Flying, Topsfield Fair by Isa Leshko)

(Photo credit: Offering to the Gods by Isa Leshko)

More of Isa’s work can be found at

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