Photographs by Amaru Pareja and Paul Yandoli; Chalk Pastels by Elizabeth Slade
September 6-29, 2016 Reception: September 9, 5-8 PM
Both the camera obscura and the city of Rome have a wonderfully rich and ancient history. Their earliest histories date back over two thousand years and within a few hundred years of one another. In August of 2015, Amaru Pareja photographed the most iconic buildings of Rome (and Florence) with a custom built camera obscura tent. The camera obscura technique is one that projects images of the outside world into a darkened room – in this case a portable tent. Any view outside of the tent is projected onto the ground found inside of the tent. Italy is riddled with beautiful, old grounds to photograph onto such as archaic cobble stones, meticulous brick patterns, and more. These images are meant to portray some of the most photographed locations in Italy in a new and interesting way. As a photographer, his role is to uncover a new way of seeing – a way that pays homage to both the creation of photography itself and to some of the greatest civil engineering feats of humanity.
Paul Yandoli earned his Bachelors degree from Rutgers University, and studied fine art and commercial photography at the Art Institute of Boston (now a part of Lesley College in Cambridge). He has been photographing now for more than 35 years. He has always been drawn to landscapes – both rural and urban – but also images that focus on details. Details of color, texture, light, and form that capture the beauty of the world around us in subtle but evocative ways.
About the work: This current exhibit presents a collection of vignettes that strive to capture not only the beauty in each particular subject – i.e.: the texture and colors of a neglected painted surface, a decaying ancient façade, or an autumn landscape. The images also attempt to convey a sense of time and place.
Northampton artist Elizabeth Slade creates landscapes and seascapes in chalk pastels, inspired by time spent in Martha’s Vineyard and living here in the Valley.