October 3rd thru November 29th
First Friday opening: October 4th, 6-8pm
Polaroid 55 P/N and a View Camera: Floral Still Lifes
The black and white flower project started in 1991 when I was in art school and it ended when Polaroid 55P/N ceased to exist (2008). Photographing flowers (a very patient subject matter) seemed to be an ideal way for me to learn about the View Camera (Sinar F1) and how to use the beautiful, but fickle, instant Polaroid film. It was also a way to document what was growing in my little garden. What started as an exercise, turned into a career.
Born in Judibana, Venezuela in 1961, Ron van Dongen was raised in Warmond, the Netherlands. He studied photography at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco and currently resides in Portland, Oregon. His seductive black and white florals unearth floral secrets and symbols of our alternately nurturing and perilous relationship with nature. In simple arrangements and with masterful printing techniques, van Dongen conjures visual sensations that can reflect the struggles and confusions of everyday life in memorializing the beautiful, the simple, the flower.