April 5-May 13, 2019
Reception: Friday, April 5, 5-8 pm
Edward P. Stanulis
The Scarab Club is proud to host a solo exhibition of the photographs by Scarab member/artist Edward P. Stanulis.
The roots of photography are grounded in the sense that the camera captures an image fixed in time and place. It documents that moment somehow separate from the intrusion of the observer. Once that image is manipulated, it raises ethical and aesthetic concerns for both the documentary photographer and the fine art photographer. In the case of the former, if the image is staged, objects removed or introduced, when does that photo become false and merely propaganda? In the case of the latter, when does excessive manipulation change the image from photography to a form of digital art?
My photography is about capturing light and dark, texture and color that visualizes my thoughts and emotions visualized in the ordinary things around us. To that end, I may manipulate color intensity and hue, contrast, or black and white sliders, but on the whole, I resist extensive manipulation of the image.
For example, my photo, “Night Thoughts,” is an image of shadows on the wall cast by light shining through a metal railing. An ordinary but evanescent moment. In my mind’s eye, the vague shadow of fear and doubt that haunts our lives even in our daylight moments.
While “Night Thoughts” hopefully engages the viewer’s emotions, the photo, “Nazca,” I hope engages the viewer’s intellect and sense of humor. We are intrigued by those vast and mysterious images scratched in the desert floor of Peru which can only be observed in their entirety from a height. Who made them? Why? Was it aliens? My “Nazca” humorously suggests that alien builder and echoes the images created by those builders. Still, I am intrigued by the textures and shadows created by light shining through the chair on the carpet below.
There is no need to chase a subject. Every day millions of images raise their hands for notice, but we often ignore them in the hopes that something truly wonderful will call us to attention. To my mind, we are always surrounded by the astonishing if we care to notice. I’m reminded by a statement of Ansel Adams who wrote, “there are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”