MOPA VISIT - Victor Pringle
On Saturday the afternoon of the 8th of September I took the 45 minute drive to the MOPA exhibit. Before I left, I called to ensure that cameras were allowed. The commute was nice and the weather was pleasant. Parking on the other hand was not. Eventually I found a good place to park. I also decided that this was a great time to break out my new DSLR camera. I purchased the new Canon Rebel EOS T6. Once I finally found the building I made my way into the first hall and was actually surprised by a food station called Café In The Park! A medium mocha coffee, a banana, and a carrot cake hit the spot. Onward to the American Cathedrals Exhibit! ...or so i thought! Those exhibits were displayed a few years ago. Today, the exhibits are presenting the works of Erica Deeman and an exhibition on SOUND expressions in pictures and video. The featured artists were young school-aged kids ranging from about 9 to 18 years of age.
ERICA DEEMAN The focus of her photography was on the style of silhouettes and on the color brown.
I liked the commentary by the photographer and her idea of using a color background close to her own skin tone as a way to interject herself into the pictures with the subjects. I share her cultural dilemma of identity and the significance that dilemma borne when a specific cultural identity of origin is not confidently known.
This piece stood out to me the most because I can see a resemblance of myself in the subject. My complexion, and facial features are very close to those of this man. Perhaps i could have been one of her models.
After 2 hours it was time to go. Before i left the museum, I stopped by the museum store to see what they had to offer. There were many books on photography and famous artists - such as Frida Kahlo, photo books by other artists, vintage cameras for sale, and other gift items.
As i exited the museum i was treated to an assortment of activity outside. Artists offering drawings of caricatures, fellow photographers taking pictures, and vendors offering goods added a refreshing experience as i walked back to my car. Much to my surprise there was the sound of what must have been a gigantic organ playing ominous music coming from a circular archway in what must be a Cathedral. I could only make out part of the cathedral through tall trees which blocked my view. Overall, i was very pleased with the experience.