So in a crazy last ditch effort to try and pull a good grade out of this class I visited the Blue Sky Gallery in Downtown Portland today. I really enjoyed getting out of the office and seeing some REALLY good black and white photography. (Thanks Smith for the idea, I'm really glad I went!)
There were two artists with work currently on display.
Caleb Charland's work, I think, is truly amazing! It was fun to see photos that are along the same lines as the night photography assignment we are currently doing. He does a lot with long exposures and lights that create a fun sense of movement in his photos. I'd love to see how he created some of photos that were displayed.
The second artist was John Bauguess. I personally didn't find his work as interesting at first. The individual photos come across as snapshots you might find in an old family photo album, but as a whole collection they are fun to look at. Most of the photos were taken in the 70's and 80's in small towns across Oregon. The people shown in the photos almost portray this back woods kind of awkwardness with polyester pants and bad hairdos.
Check them out if you have a chance http://www.blueskygallery.org/