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Los Angeles Center of Photography : Creative Portrait Show by Catherine Slye

The Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) opened The Creative Portrait exhibit Saturday, December 15th. Scenes 1 and 2 from my conceptual series, “Designated Driver and The Five Illusions” are in the show, Scene 1 hangs in the main gallery and Scene 2 in the online gallery.

The Illusion of Longing : Scene 1

The Illusion of Longing : Scene 1

The Illusion of Longing : Scene 2

The Illusion of Longing : Scene 2

What an awesome show! Super packed!

And even more awesome was the super humbling moment I had when I tried to interact with a couple who were clearly discussing my photo. It was a couple - man and a woman, they were pointing at my photo and talking to each other, I was about a foot behind them, but it was so loud, I couldn’t hear what they were saying. So, I politely intruded, “Excuse me”, I said. “That’s my photograph, did you have questions? I’d be happy to talk with you about it.” The woman turned and smiled slightly, she said, “Well, we were just saying that we couldn’t see it because it’s so dark!” I almost bust out laughing!

Ha! There went my fantasy of having a conversation about My Art! Oh, the vanity!

“That’s a true statement.” I said. “It is very dark.” I smiled.

I asked her, “Do you want to know what it’s about?” She said, “Sure, well, I can see the car…” I took this as her Yes. I said, “It’s about the progression of the relationship between a man and a woman through five stages or as I call them; The Illusions; Longing, Violence, Safety, Love and Freedom.”

"Ohhh….” she said nodding. She asked me where it was taken.

To me, this is the least interesting component, the work isn’t about the location or the landscape. I explained I lived in Phoenix, AZ and most of the images in the series were made at South Mountain Park, but so what? I feel this information is irrelevant. But, I get it.

I know that lots of people won’t or can’t find my work compelling or understandable. And I also know that I ambushed her into this conversation. And I totally understand that many people want/need something concrete to hang on to when they look at any art, they want it to make sense in the way that their world makes sense. She was trying to make sense of my work in the only way she knows how, I didn’t fault her for that.

After she walked away, I did laugh - at my own hubris. My desire to connect with people over my art is how I want to communicate with the world, I also get it that this doesn’t make sense to everyone. I felt inspired by the show, seeing other photographers pursue their unique visions and executing it through photography, just like I am.

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Los Angeles Center of Photography Creative Portrait Exhibit December 15, 2018 - February 1, 2019 Gallery images here. And Virtual Gallery here.

Memory 2x by Catherine Slye

It's fascinating to see where the creative path leads - I started with a grand idea of capturing raw emotion triggered by specific words on cards. I had this vision of juxtaposing two people together, seated and facing me, I would give each a different card, some with the same word on it, some with differing words. And attempt to capture their emotional reaction to the word. 

But this is what this series turned into. Conversations with friends, some whom I haven't seen in years. Conversations about our past or shared memories or simply whatever they wanted to talk about. Twelve friends who were graciously willing to be photographed, many I know felt anxious and awkward - on the spot and unsure what I was looking for. Really, all I wanted, was exactly what I got. I wanted them to simply be themselves, as they are, as I know them to be. That person they are with me. It was truly a delightful project.

I remembered to capture a BTS shot with my iPhone 10 out of 12 times. What a bummer that I don't have all 12  *sigh*. BTS shots below, and the entire series is up on the site, I selected three images each per person, I was trying to show a range of emotion/expression. Memory 2x

For months I've been anticipating printing this work and showing it locally in a 3-person group show. But through no fault of my own, the show has been canceled. At this time I do not have plans to show it, it will live here on my site until further notice.

Moving onward to other projects, thank you to everyone who participated and all the auxiliary folks who supported this project in all ways. <3 Much love. Thank you.

Equipment; Sony a9 + Minolta Celtic MD 28mm + Raqual adapter, USB C to 2.0 Micro B 5 Pin cable connecting to Asus laptop running Capture One for Sony. 

If you have questions about this project or my equipment, please feel to contact me and ask.