When I arranged for this exhibit I was told I'd have a lot more space on the walls than I actually have, so I've had to scale back the number of prints on display this time around. I'm grateful to have this great space and hope that I'll be asked back for another show.
I moved to Austin from Portland, Oregon, two years ago and found a landscape so different from the lushness of the Pacific Northwest. Sure, Austin is hill-country and it's greener than the rest of Texas, but it’s so different from the forests of Oregon. I’m not a traditional landscape “nature” photographer, you know that by now, but the light, heat, and brownness of Central Texas continues to test my skills as a photographer. Nothing could have prepared me for this… NOTHING!
These photos represent only a small sample of an ongoing essay that I call “myTexas,” a combination of people and places that represent this unique “landscape,” which I am quickly coming to appreciate and understand. I spell that with a lowercase "m" since I could never be bigger than anything Texan. I don't even have to tell you what they say about Texas.
I'm not originally from Texas. I was raised mostly in New York City, lived there most of my life, a city kid. The street is where I played as a kid; box-ball, handball, stickball, skateboarding, street hockey, always on the street. There’s a pace to a big city that makes me feel alive. myTexas is almost the exact opposite of my beginnings, and what I see ‘round these parts. A close friend from my teenage years sent me a link to Lyle Lovett's song That's Right - Your Not from Texas. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQoXnz3h_FE
The photographs in this exhibit were all shot on film, developed, and printed on Gelatin Silver paper in my home darkroom. People ask why I continue to shoot and develop film, and it’s not because I think film is better than digital. So much of what I do for my real job is intangible, mostly on a computer. So when I got back into photography after many years away, I wanted a physical connection with my art. I wanted something tactile, something I could touch and feel, kind of like sculpture, painting, or ceramics.
I hope that you enjoy looking and seeing myTexas. This is my first exhibition at Cianfrani’s and I’m excited to be here. Thanks Phyllis Cianfrani and Brian Maxwell of Cianfrani, Don Snell, Ruth Roberts, and my wife Julie Akers for your support and encouragement. If you like what you see here please let the staff know; I’d love to come back with more photos from this essay in the future.
Here's a link to the photos in the exhibit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gumanow/sets/72157625168223743/
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