Tonight is the opening for Grayscale an exhibition juried by Blue Mitchell at The Kiernan Gallery in Lexington, VA. I have heard so many great things about The Kiernan Gallery and I wish I could be there in person to celebrate on opening night! Unfortunately a road trip is not in the cards right now but hopefully in the future I can get down there for a visit. Instead I am writing a little blog article and will be purchasing a copy of the catalog, which I encourage you to do as well.
It is exciting to be a part of this exhibition, and I loved making this print in the darkroom! A contact print of this same image is currently on view at Panopticon Gallery in Kenmore Sq in Boston, MA. Contact print vs a 16x20 print, the 16x20 wins hands down, so much detail, it draws you in and invites you to explore the whole composition.
A little background information about this photograph.... There is an apartment building behind mine that is home to numerous children (or possibly grandma just watches all of the cousins and siblings while their parents are at work not really sure....) all I know is that you can hear them screaming and chanting and playing from my apartment. My porch overlooks their courtyard and I got into a habit of only going out there when it was quiet and the kids had gone inside (if they spot you, they have a hundred questions for you while you are trying to enjoy your morning coffee.......not exactly the way I like to start my morning.....).
After the dust settled, I would venture out and see what they had left behind.... a baseball bat....bikes...tricycles....miscellaneous toys...sidewalk chalk.... all things I can remember playing with in my childhood. I was so intrigued by what felt like a toy graveyard that I started photographing. Looking at the images I have created, I am faced with a nostalgic feeling. In my family I was always known for saying "I don't want to grow up" and its still true, I don't. This project has been my little escape from the adult life, a breathe of fresh air from all of the work and bills and deadlines. It is my reminder to just have fun every once and a while. It brings back memories of playing with my sister and cousin every day over the summer and what we did to pass the time. I'm sure we left behind "messes" just like the ones in my photographs and that brings a smile to my face.
Having this photograph exhibited at The Kiernan Gallery also brings a smile to my face. Cheers to opening night, I hope it was a good one!