CAMERA KARMA, Art of the Lens opens at On Center Gallery in Provincetown August 26 and runs through September 7, 2020. Camera Karma features photographers Thom Jackson, Jennifer Pritchard and Allison V. Smith.
While these photographers are each very individualized in their own style, medium, technique and overall aesthetic, there is a strong narrative connection that creates a karmic feel, allowing the exhibition to happen organically. Each artist is storyteller. Jackson is narrating stories that are created and then set into action in front of the camera. Pritchard is documenting timeless roadside motels as she journeys though what is real and what is imagined. Smith’s photojournalistic work depicts scenes from her beloved home of Texas and Maine, where she, as a child and still to this day, spends summers. Put them all together and you have an exhibition that shows us the past and present through the lens of three magnificent minds.
My work is a result of my experience, trial and error, creativity, personalities, desire, weather, light, all manipulated until the energy evolves into a moment that a second before seemed unattainable but somehow happened.
Capturing that moment is addictive. I anxiously anticipate, almost crave the success of the perfect image. This process is rewarding, frustrating, and all-consuming, and I cannot imagine my life without it. I strive for my photographs to convey the emotion they depict. Each image is memorable because of the emotions they evoke, in the photographer, the subject, and the viewer.
Elsewhere: Standing poolside, indefinite sensations reverberate to my core – the sum of time. It is on my way to someplace, elsewhere, at the intersection of nostalgia and dreams. My surroundings envelop me, dense with memories of summer travels up the eastern corridor, a magical road trip, or something else entirely. I am lost between what is real and what is imagined with only the bright beacon of neon to connect me with nights of cocktails, cigarette smoke, and chlorine. These timeless roadside motels are for dreaming.
Allison V. Smith:
In 2004, I quit my day job as a staff photographer at the Dallas Morning News to pursue freelance and fine art photography. Day One of being self-employed, I drove to Marfa with my future husband, our two dogs, my red Hasselblad, and a bunch of film. I took the opportunity to slow down, wait for the light, and make photography. I have continued photographing Marfa and surrounding West Texas towns over the years as an ongoing study of the landscape and light. I love trying to capture the slow desert pace and the mythical light.
My photography, whether exploring West Texas or Maine, two places close to my heart and in my blood, is about living for serendipity and having my camera loaded with film and ready for it when it happens.