Noir/Chroma Spotlight: Leah Oates

Jan 3 – Feb 28 2019

Opening reception January 17 2019

Peter Dušek, Alan Dunlop, Susan Kerr, Kerry Hayes, Marlene Hilton Moore, Leah Oates

Large to Size, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Lily & Branch # 2 copy

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Lily & Branch # 2

What is your process?

I shoot with film with a 35 mm camera and a medium format camera and utilize different lenses with adaptors, light leaks and multiple exposures onto the film. I then have the whole roll of film scanned and I edit and manipulate the images digitally. From this process and I create artist books and photographic prints.
Do you see common themes in all of your work.

The common themes in my work are the intersection between nature and an urban environment, transformation and flux.
The Transitory Space series deals with urban and natural locations that are transforming due to the passage of time, altered natural conditions and a continual human imprint. In everyone and in everything there are daily changes and this series articulates fluctuation in the photographic image and captures movement through time and space.
Transitory spaces have a messy human energy that is perpetually in the present yet continually altering. They are endlessly interesting, alive places where there is a great deal of beauty and fragility. They are temporary monuments to the ephemeral nature of existence.

In your opinion, what makes an image powerful.

You know I’m really not sure what makes an image powerful. It’s something to do with composition, skill and the subject being photographed but these three aspects do not alone make a a powerful image. I think a powerful image gives off an energy and illuminates an aspect of life that becomes more apparent in the images which makes it powerful.

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