HOT SUMMER NIGHTS : Project Statement / by Catherine Slye


See Phoenix through loving eyes. . . . at night.
As night descends, the city is bathed in rich, saturated, vibrant color. Blues and purples wash the urban environment, juxtaposing the naturally occurring with the human made. What better time to photograph Phoenix in the Summer, than at night.

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS is a collaborative photographic project. Jared’s images were created with a large-format camera whose design is rooted in the mid-19th century. His series is shot entirely on transparency film with a low rating of ISO 10. Each image required between 8 and 45 minutes of exposure. Catherine’s images are purely digital, blending the immediacy that using digital offers with the ability to photograph manually. Marshall provided the accompanying historical context. All three; Jared, Catherine and Marshall are Arizona transplants who love to call Phoenix their home.

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS debuted at Chartreuse Gallery, 1301 Grand Avenue, Phoenix, September 4 - 30, 2015. Check out the following press:  Chartreuse gallery adds a splash of color to Grand Avenue's expanding arts scene , Downtown Devil15 FAVORITE FIRST FRIDAY ART WORKS SEEN IN SEPTEMBER IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIXNew TimesChartreuse Gallery Opens with ‘Hot Summer Nights’Downtown Phoenix Journal

You may view the 11x17 works by Jared Elizares and I, as well as accompanying texts by Marshall Shore, in the Hot Summer Nights Catalogue, PDF.  View Gallery of images.