January 27 – May 7, 2017
Reception / Artist Talk: Thursday, May 4 5:30-7:30 PM
Chasing Light is a series of about 60 color and black and white images by Jeb Schenck. The images are primarily landscapes from around the world, along with a few images of people and animals. There are approximately 31 black and white and 29 color images. They range from the storm-swept spires of the Patagonia mountains, to even more remote areas in a place known as the Huayhuash Andes. Other images, plunge one into overlooked sections of slot canyons and expanse of our deserts, such as a Storm over the Red Desert. Closer to home, images from Yellowstone and the splendor of Thermopolis’s Hot Springs State Park are included. Going northward, other images were made in Iceland, a land of stunning waterfalls and chunks of jewel like ice on black sand beaches. In all of these, Schenck is chasing the light, looking for the combination of light and composition that creates a memorable image. Ed Weston, one of the pioneers of fine black and white photography, noted that we must first have the “flame of recognition”. The photographer must be able to recognize the potential for an image in what we see, then have the skills to capture and recreate with our mind. Too often people walk right by potentially great images, failing to recognize their potential. Landscape photography is a game of patience, of being out there a lot, chasing the illusive light that makes the image different. It also means getting up in the wee hours of the morning, perhaps slogging up mountain slopes in miserable conditions, or driving hundreds of miles to catch the sun at the right place in the sky. Unquestionably, it is searching and waiting, sometimes hours, sometimes days, or even weeks for the right conditions.
Also with this collection are a series “back stories” about making a particular image, the work involved, new techniques that had to be learned, or unexpected problems that were encountered and the unparalleled excitement of witnessing something very special.
This exhibition was sponsored in part by a series of grants from the Wyoming Arts Council. Their support of the arts was crucial in the completion of the projects.