Things We Project

For one-night only, on September 18 from 7:30-10 p.m., at the Sprinkler Factory Gallery on Harlow Street, six photographers will defy exhibition rules and take control of a gallery space to present their self-curated exhibition, Things We Project, a multimedia show of slick photographs displayed in a commercial-like theatrical manner.

The purpose of the show isn’t to present any particular theme, but rather to promote the work of photographers Jeff Haynes, Nicole Chan, Scott Erb, Dana Lane, Steve Stearns and Cynthia Woehrle. Each artist selected 10 of their best images, from recent photographic projects, that reflect their individual technical approaches and personal interests. The 60 images will be streamed together into a cohesive presentation to showcase the craftsmanship, diversity and artistry of mostly professional photography.

The six collections vary widely in scope and include examples of standard figurative in-studio work, alternative narrative candids, exploratory travelogue and “painterly- style” photographs.

What these photographers are attempting to do is visually communicate, through an alternative presentation format, how they’ve combined their skills as studio technicians with their understanding of fine-art presentation. The show will be accomplished through a combination of computer displays and digital projectors. Part of the reason for the electronic display is to reduce the costs involved with mounting a classic gallery on-the-wall style exhibition, which would have required that each photograph be printed, matted and framed.

Jeff Haynes, the mastermind behind the project, explains that cost wasn’t the only consideration. “We see a steady stream of images on our computer screens, so this show is a variation on that format,” he says. The use of projectors and computers reflects today’s use of digital media, and the clean and crisp image presentation is the typical aesthetic found in product marketing, communications and graphic design.

In his work, Haynes is presenting vignettes from the series he calls Interiors, which are images of ambiguous narratives composed in such a way to convey the idea that the photograph is a single frame cut from a movie. “I’ve captured enough detail to draw the view in, but I’ve left some mystery,” he explains. This concept reflects Haynes’ interest in film and his early experimental work with Super 8mm movie cameras.

Worcester’s Scott Erb is presenting, for the first time, 10 portraits from the Red Room Project, one his most fulfilling endeavors. Using only natural light, Erb captured family, friends and strangers being uniquely beautiful and silly inside his private red room.

“The images I’m showing are just the tip of a large project that I spent one year creating. My goal wasn’t only to capture an individual’s personality, but also to demonstrate that great pictures can be made even if there are studio, lighting and camera limitations,” says Erb.

Focusing on the sculptural aspects of the human form are Dana Lane and Steve Stearns. While Lane focuses on the sensuality and mystery of the female form by presenting models against deep-dark backgrounds, Stearns places his male models, in almost classical style, against bright-white backgrounds to highlight their perfect athletic bodies

The only nonprofessional photographer is landscape painter Cynthia Woehrle, who recently started approaching her experimental photographs formally.

“My camera is just another of the tools that I use to paint what I see. I’m not a technician, and I approach photography instinctually,” she explains. Woehrle sees photography as another way to paint a picture, and in her photographs of pretty objects and places, she’s attempting to convey moments that appear silent, but are actually quite loud in mood.

Things We Project is an exciting one-night event that shouldn’t be missed. The event is free to the public and will be held at the Sprinkler Factory Gallery on Harlow Street, Worcester.


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