Indianapolis’ Mark Richardson introduces his work with more disclaimers than a dicey legal document.
He said he’s not a photographer at all, especially not like his wife, Linda Adele Goodine of Indianapolis’ Herron School of Art and Design. He said he doesn’t really know how to use his iPhone — or even keep his finger out of the way of the gadget’s camera lens.
“Some people might not even ever believe Adele would be married to me,” Richardson said.
None of his artistic excuses matter at the first cellphone photo exhibit at Columbus’ Jacksson Contemporary Art gallery.
Pocketful of images
WHAT: Cellphone photo exhibition
WHERE: Jacksson Place Contemporary Art gallery, 1030 Jackson Place
WHEN: Through March
The free show that runs through the month highlights amateurs to experts, the straightforward to the intricately involved.
It also frames the burgeoning reality that the pocket shooters that go everywhere can capture nearly anything, and with a sharpening resolution and revelation.
It’s fair to say the display is a cell-abration of new technology.
One of Richardson’s semi-serious, semi-humorous shots is of a cow at the Indiana State Fair. The catch? The animal is framed by part of Richardson finger curled over the shutter’s outer edge.
Other images tell a more serious story.
Photographer David Kadlec, co-owner of the gallery, took a very casual shot of the father of a close friend while Kadlec visited the 92-year-old man, Harold Stolkin, in a nursing home last spring.
The man known to many simply as Pee Paw smiles broadly in the close-up. He died the next morning, making the image priceless to his family.
“Cellphone cameras have become game-changers,” Kadlec said. “It used to be quite an endeavor to get a picture.
“Now, millions of people have good cameras with them always.”
Kadlec said he would not have had his expensive cameras with him while visiting a friend such as Stolkin, and he would have missed the shot.
But he takes his cellphone everywhere.
The show also includes the creative and disarming work of design artist Herb Vincent Peterson of Indianapolis. Peterson used his iPhone to shoot what became slow-motion video of his face and changing expressions shortly after his 11-year marriage ended.
The video clips are shown on facing walls of the gallery. Peterson mentioned one clip captures himself in the past. The other shows him in the ever-evolving present.
His video gaze even lightheartedly follows viewers around the room. The slow-motion is meant to rebel, in a sense, against what he termed “a society of instant gratification.”
The piece also emphasizes a man literally looking at himself after a major life change.
“Sometimes,” Peterson said, “it’s in that place of introspection where you finally learn, ‘Oh, yeah, this is why I do what I do.’”
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