Red Horse Gallery

An Art Gallery on The Big River dedicated to Art of, by and for The People!

Anthony Calabrese

I have had the pleasure of embracing the craft of photography for the past fifty years. Photography has been an enriching experience allowing me to meet so many people and experience so many places that I otherwise would not have an opportunity to experience.

For the first forty five years of my photographic journey my work has been primarily in three genres; documentary, portraiture and landscape.

In recent years, while teaching photography at St. Mary’s University, I felt a need to look for opportunities to challenge myself to grow as a photographer and experiment with another genre of photography. I had been reading about studio photography and was struck by the notion that a studio photograph was not taking a photograph of what is encountered but, rather, is making a photograph by controlling all aspects of what is being photographed including subject matter, presentation, lighting and what I can best verbalize as a personal aesthetic priority.

I admit to being a bit of a collector of artifacts from times past; of items that are well used, shop worn and wed in time to past generations through their link to that time frame’s culture. The objects may reflect leisure time pursuits, home and personal maintenance, items of convenience, items of personal adornment, etc. I appreciate the design considerations, craftsmanship, ingenuity and the intrinsic meaning of those cultural artifacts in the context of their historical time.

With the passing of my parents after seventy plus years of loving marriage, I found myself sifting through so many artifacts that spoke to their life journey and felt compelled to photograph many of these items in part to honor their lives and, perhaps, to assist me in processing their passing.

This exhibition is a presentation of tightly composed photographs taken over a number of months on a second floor table top with indirect window light, my camera set to provide significant depth of field and a sturdy tripod to accommodate lengthy time exposures.

The photographs reflect both vintage objects that I have collected as well as vintage artifacts that accumulated over the years in my parent’s home. Personal decisions on how to present the objects to photograph, on which objects to combine or juxtapose were decisions that were sometimes amusing, sometimes frustrating and always, for me, thought provoking.   I enjoyed making these photographs.

I view these exhibition images as a celebration of color, texture, reflectivity, translucence, luminescence and form all blessed by the available window light that scrolled across the photographed items from day to day.

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