PCPA Member Salon, August 9, 2017
- Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00pm
- For more information contact Steve Szydlowski firstname.lastname@example.org
- Open to the public
- At the PCPA Gallery, 118 North Main Street, 2nd Floor, Providence, RI 02903
We all “know abstract photography when we see one,” but do we? The concept of “abstraction” is reasonably well understood, abstract art even has branches like futurism, abstract expressionism, and so on. However, abstract photography has been a moving target which includes from photographs of peeling paint we know, to photographs that are totally separated from the object that helped to create it. In this session we will explore what it may mean to you and how to appreciate abstract photography.
Retired from Providence College in 2012 as Professor Emeritus, I strongly benefited from teaching for over 40 years. It affected my photography, and how I share what I know with others. That, in turn has helped me to learn more about photography, my photography, the art of photography.
I practice photography as an interested, curious observer, and am a fully self-taught photographer through practice, experimentation, failures, reading and looking at photographs. I also write about photography to sharpen my understanding of it. I have been involved in photography over 60 years, but digital photography presented a fertile ground for me since early 1990s. I have learned the tools of this new world, Photoshop, and later, Lightroom, to be totally comfortable in them. I enjoy sharing what I know in presentations, workshops, private mentoring and tutorials.
My photographs present my vision and I keep an open mind about making all necessary adjustments to my photographs to convey my vision and feelings. Despite that, I strive to produce work that is free from processing artifacts and look “effortlessly done.”
I have had ten solo exhibits in three cities; had many photographs accepted in invitational shows; issued limited and open edition folios; published photo books and magazines featuring my work. My photographs are in the public and private collections in the USA and abroad. The prestigious magazine, LensWork published more than 70 photographs from my Infrared Earthscapes series in November 2011. I am included in the first edition of International Masters of Photography published in December 2012. Festival Ballet Providence commissioned an original ballet inspired by and featuring a collection of my photographs of dried orchids. The ballet, Orchis, was performed in March 2013, and then in March 2014 in Providence.
The salon format is very informal with a guest presentation and a topic for discussion. Member salons are excellent networking sessions. Members can present their current projects, pitch workshops, and bring current work to review and discuss over BYOB refreshments. PCPA Member Salons are open to the public. For more information please contact Steve Szydlowski.