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Boston is silly with students. Flash Forward Festival, an organization dedicated to recognizing emerging photographers, is in town this week bringing us the fresh perspectives of photography students from high school through graduate school in shows all over Boston. But from whom do all these students acquire their training, guidance and inspiration?
The exhibit “[Photo]gogues: New England (Part 3)”, in the Lafayette City Center passageway through May 15, 2015, is a tribute to the talent and dedication of New England’s photography academics. Curated by Paula Tognarelli and Frances Jakubek from the Griffin Museum of Photography, this show is a sampling of ten faculty members from the region.
Jesseca Ferguson’s (School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) gum bichromate photographs of the moon and Lindsey Beal’s (Rhode Island College) wet-plate collodion images of Venus figurines offer personal interpretations that honor the weight of history with textural heft.
The visual and emotional layers Thad Russell (Rhode Island School of Design) portrays in his series Light and Long Shadows finds a modernist counterpoint in the graphically manipulated imagery by Matthew Swarts (Community College of Rhode Island) in his series Beth. Both artists mine the highly fraught world of relationships with gorgeous, pensive photographs.
Diverse perspectives are presented through Neal Rantoul’s (Northeastern University) abstracted color aerial shots of the Martha’s Vineyard coastline and Bill Franson’s (New England School of Photography and Gordon College) street level B&W silver gelatin studies of “The Structure of Everyday Life.”
The elegant and surreal still life juxtapositions by Daniel Mosher Long (Manchester Community College) are met by the strange and magical confectionary constructions by Mara Trachtenberg (Community College of Rhode Island) in her fantasies about the relations between humans and animals (feature image).
The balance of interior and exterior lives is explored in Sarah Malakoff’s (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth) revealing images of personal domestic spaces in her series Second Nature and by S. Billie Mandle’s (Hampshire College) dark, moody images of religious confessionals in her series Reconciliation.
The work of these “photogogues” exemplifies the creativity and craft that they impart to their students every day. But this exhibit is way more fun and enlightening than your typical classroom experience.
For more information and directions, go to: http://www.flashforwardfestival.com/exhibition/photogogues-new-england-2015/
Feature Image: “Untitled” from the series A Decadent World, Topiary Garden by Mara Trachtenberg (courtesy of the artist).