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Center for Photographic Art Members’ 2015 Juried Exhibition

I’m happy to announce that one of my images, Oceano #27, has been selected for the Center for Photogaphic Art Members’ 2015 Juried Exhibition.  The juror was Richard Gadd, Director of the Weston Gallery in Carmel.

 

 

 

The exhibition opens July 25, 2015 and runs through September 19, 2015.  The Center for Photographic Art is located in the Sunset Center, San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue, in Carmel California.  There is an opening reception July 25 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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Center for Photographic Art 2015 Juried Exhibition

I’m happy to announce that one of my images, Oceano #11, has been selected for the Center for Photographic Art’s 2015 Juried Exhibition.  For the first time in the history of this annual juried show, submissions were judged on the basis of portfolios that were to “exemplify sustained intent through a series of eight images.”  An additional image, Oceano #5, was selected for the supplemental online exhibition.

The juror was Douglas Marshal, Director of the Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, California.

 

Oceano #11, Oceano, California

 

The exhibition opens January 10, 2015 and runs through February 28, 2015 at the CPA Gallery in the historic Sunset Center in Carmel, California.

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BLACK AND WHITE at PhotoPlace

I’m happy to announce that one of my images, Oceano #13, has been selected for the juried BLACK AND WHITE exhibition at PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont.  Selections were made by Karen E. Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

 

 

The exhibition opens March 28, 2014 and runs through April 25, 2013.  PhotoPlace Gallery is located at 3 Park Street in Middlebury, Vermont.  There is an artist’s reception April 4 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

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Center for Photographic Art Juried Exhibition

I’m pleased to announce that one of my images, Oceano #6, has been selected for the Center for Photogaphic Art’s 2013 Juried Exhibition.  Jurors were Dean Brierly, editor of B&W Magazine, and Chris Johnson, Professor of Photography for the California College of the Arts.

 The exhibition opens January 12, 2013 and runs through March 1, 2013.  The Center for Photographic Art is located in the Sunset Center, San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue, in Carmel California.  There is an opening reception January 12 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

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Oceano’s Photographic History

As described in a previous post, I visited the dunes at Oceano for the first time earlier this year.  I have returned several times since then, and intend to continue.  The dunes have a storied photographic history, which makes the area even more interesting.

The photographer credited with first “discovering” the Oceano dunes was a Weston, though perhaps not one you would expect. Chandler Weston, son of Edward and brother of Brett, found the dunes in the early 1930s.  He and Brett owned a photo studio in nearby Santa Maria at the time.  Brett soon followed his brother to the dunes.

Edward Weston found his way to Oceano in 1934.  In the April 20, 1934 entry to his Daybooks, he describes traveling to Oceano from his home in Carmel with fellow photographer Willard Van Dyke:

“One weekend Willard came down after just quitting his job with the Shell Oil Co.: we took his car, I paying the expenses, and drove to Oceano.  There I made several dune negatives that mark a new epoch in my work.  I must go back there, — the material made for me!”

Dune Forum was a short-lived literary magazine published by Gavin Arthur (grandson of Chester A. Arthur, the 21st President of the United States).  The magazine was headquartered in Arthur’s cabin in the middle of the dunes, which was part of a small cluster of cabins known as Moy Mell.  Of the seven issues published, three had cover photographs of the Oceano Dunes: one each by Chandler Weston, Edward Weston, and Willard Van Dyke.  Brett Weston and Ansel Adams each had cover photos as well, though they were not of the dunes.  The remaining two covers were sketches.

The Oceano Dunes became iconic subject matter for both Edward and Brett Weston.  Edward, who made well-known images of the dunes themselves, and of Charis Wilson in the dunes, did most of his significant work there prior to 1940.  Brett Weston continued to visit the area for the rest of his life.

Ansel Adams made a well-known photo of the Oceano dunes around 1950 (Sand Dune, Oceano, California, c. 1950).  Interestingly, in Examples, the Making of 40 Photographs, he noted, “I have visited the dunes many times, but only on a few occasions have wanted to photograph.”

In the early 1960s, Adams, who was on the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club at the time, played a major role in the battle against the proposed construction of a nuclear power plant in the dunes.  As a result of pressure from Adams, the Sierra Club and others, the proposed power plant was moved further up the coast to Diablo Canyon, north of San Luis Obispo.

There is no shortage of photos of the Oceano Dunes, both by the early Masters and the many others who have followed.  However, the area continues to call to photographers and is well worth exploring further.

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