This semester I have taught a very talented and mostly diligent group of students for Portraiture (Photo 225) at Palomar College. We had our last class on Wednesday and finished up critiquing their portfolios. Because I have all this good work over the 2nd Saturday weekend, I asked for and received permission to show their work in Studio 3 at ArtHatch in Escondido. It will be for tomorrow, Saturday May 12 only (6-10pm), but I think it's worth the effort to give their work a broader audience. Some highlights of images follow....
Both Jenny Veloz and Shaun Hagan concentrated on high key images. And both printed on matte paper to great effect. I hadn't fully realized before how appropriate that choice is. You get the smooth silky textures that matte papers are known for, but because there is typically very few important shadows in a high key image, you avoid the main drawback of a matte surface; loss of shadow detail. Both of them were able to maintain excellent subtle tones in the very brightest areas. I hope these read well on your monitor. (Remember, all images are copyrighted, all rights reserved.)
One of Jenny's self-portraits...
And a page spread from Shaun Hagen's hand made book,
Guillermo Escamilla created a number of diptychs with a variety of looks. This is one that may show best here.
Malia Dadez has developed a contemporary style for her wedding and portrait business.
And a last example is Charles Lugtu, who audited the class this semester. He took the class last year and has really applied himself above and beyond the norm. His portfolio was almost exclusively shot on 4x5 film, then scanned and processed digitally. He has really learned to get the most from each exposure.
These are only a sampling of the individuals and images that will be on display Saturday night 6-10pm at Studio 3 inside the ArtHatch building, 317 East Grand Avenue. I will finish hanging them in the morning, but there will be more than 40 images from about 16 photographers. It's always a good gathering on Second Saturday in Escondido. Distinction Gallery in ArtHatch is showing Aaron Jasinski and Matt Linares: "It All comes Rushing In". There are also many more artists showing in studio spaces and on the walls throughout the building. Across the street at the Escondido Arts Partnership Gallery, The PhotoArts Group will have a reception for Photoshopography a collect of 20 images deftly and strongly manipulated in Photoshop. Their opening coincides with the Municipal gallery offering and the studios at 216 Juniper (Corner of Grand). They run from approx. 5:30 -8pm. I hope to see you on this or any Second Saturday in Escondido.