After viewing the exhibition, The Mind’s Eye: 50 Years of Photography by Jerry Ueslmann, I walked out knowing clearly and precisely which image was my favorite. This had never happened to me before. And, not only was this my favorite work in this exhibit, but it immediately became one of the most favorite images I have ever experienced. Have you ever been so immediately affected and transformed by experiencing a piece of art? What moved you so much that you still carry that memory with you?
The piece that I am speaking of is located in the section of the exhibition titled “Self” and it is titled, “Untitled, 1963″. On the left side of this photo, you can see a giant tree outside showered in a bright light. The right side of this image is the exact opposite – it is so dark and dismal, that upon first glance, one misses the important detail that there is a woman sitting in darkness staring out at the viewer. This realization is startling and it makes my heart jump for a second. With this work, Uelsmann has created a strong juxtaposition of light and dark. To me, there is also a strong contrast between life or lack thereof. As you look at this image, were you surprised to find this woman in the dark? In looking at her more closely, what do you think she is feeling or thinking about? Read More