In honor of our Obscura Gallery launch, we invite you to enjoy special website Featured Prints throughout the coming months until we are moved into our newly renovated space! These specials are only offered until we are moved in, and then they will no longer be available so enjoy them now and stay tuned for more features!
Our twelfth special edition of Featured Prints showcases two new works by Obscura Gallery Artist Aline Smithson. Both prints are debuted from the artist’s brand new series, The Fugue State. The print options below include a special price, a complementary trade edition of Smithson’s book Self & Others, and complementary shipping.
I’ve been thinking a lot about photographic legacies. As an analog photographer, I have watched my practice diminished and altered by the loss of materials and methodologies. At the same time, I observe that my children, while creating thousands of images, will most likely have no tangible imagery to pass down to future generations. Over the years I have collected and created hundred of portraits, some acquired are almost a century old and it’s made me consider the formal portrait in the midst of the shifting sands of photography, the loss of the portrait photographer as a profession, and the loss of photograph as object.
My project, The Fugue State, speaks to loss, to the fading away of specific memories and identity, as the work speaks to an in-between space of the future and the past. It speaks to chemicals and fingerprints and destruction. For this series, I have bleached my negatives, wounding the film stock in various ways and then reinterpreting them in the digital darkroom. I am looking for the beauty of impermanence.
Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography is an almost 20 year culmination of portrait photographs captured by award-winning photographer Aline Smithson. Beginning with her early forays into black and white work, produced as darkroom silver gelatin prints, she photographed the world around her considering the poignancy of childhood and the pathos of aging and relationships. The book continues with her hand painted photographs featuring her defining series, Arrangement in Green and Black: Portrait of the Photographer’s Mother, where she combines humor and family to create a universal expression of motherhood. The book is completed by her color projects that revisit beauty, the essence of childhood, and an examination of created realities. Aline brings a background in painting and fashion to her images, but at the heart of her work is her ability to recognize the inner self of her subjects. The photographer considers all her portraits a reflection of herself and the stories she wants to tell, and in that way, she has created a visual language that is her own unique autobiography.
Either print purchase by ALINE SMITHSON includes:
▪ 10% discount on print purchase.
▪ Complementary shipping.
▪ Complementary Smithson trade edition of the book, Self & Others.
▪ Enter code SMITHSON at checkout.