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Halfway In Light

Photography by John Glover

The 20th century abstract photographs by Francis Bruguier and Man Ray, the intensity of the early works of Edward Steichen, and the deep lighting and contrasts of the prints of Martin Lewis all share a common thread: the interaction of the forms that are lit and the possibility of mysteries contained within the shadows. The current photographic works by John Glover incorporate these influences into a series of photographs which explore light and the human figure. The sometimes surprising combinations of lighted shapes and the elements of the body arise from the darkness and create a flow and movement in two-dimensional space.

Speaking about this project, Glover explains that ”The endless variations of the human figure are a virtual feast of forms so often hidden by the nature of the surrounding light. The normally brightly lit but limited contrast range of most lighting situations tends to flatten the dimensional characteristics of the subject”. By working with a single light source to create maximum contrast, these images seek to emphasize the abstract nature and interrelationships of each lighted element.

Although digital capture is the choice for color and natural light photography, the use of traditional black and white film and silver coated fiber based printing papers were conscious decisions that intentionally buck current trends. “The digital revolution and increasingly inexpensive technology has allowed anyone with a cell phone to instantly record an image. The ability to “click” endlessly at no cost, then “delete”, has resulted in a photographic tidal wave of what used to be called “snapshots”. The older traditional methods are slower and often require that closer attention be paid to the image before the shutter is pressed.. No two forms, nor interaction between shapes are ever duplicated, and the slightest movement can turn exciting juxtapositions into mush. The photographs were made using cameras from 35mm up to 16×20 inches

The subtle nature of the images is also in direct contrast to most of the art being created today. In recent years the visual arts have tended toward being more complex, manipulative of reality, and have moved further away from the classical tradition. A large body of work has become so complex that clutter and visual “noise” are very often the result.”. To attract more than just the passing attention of viewers, the visual world has tended toward a bright and aggressive “in your face” look. Simplicity and beauty are very often overlooked or pushed aside. This work looks to “do more with less”.

All photographs are printed to archival standards on 16×20 fiber papers with actual image size dependent upon the forms within the image. Each image is limited to a maximum edition size of 10, priced at $400.

Additional images can be seen at CAMERALIGHT.com or by contacting the photographer at cameralight@aol.com.

No hidden meaning, no social agenda, just nice to look at, and perhaps contemplate…