Eye fidelity - Page 3

Our fourth annual Bay Area Photo Issue highlights sharp-eyed local visionaries


ART AND LIFE Closely related to the language of dreams, photography reveals reflections that inform my life. Within abandoned buildings, an echo punctuates human absence; carried on the light is a harbinger ... These buildings are full of mystery and promise, and the longer one lingers the more embraced one feels by a presence, beyond the prosaic, in a sweeping realm, conjoined and familiar. I want others to feel a part of these places, to feel connected to the light within. True to the initial exposure, the photograph speaks directly. This photo is of Montgomery Ward's former Western Distribution Center in East Oakland. It was taken during the site's demolition in 2001.

CURRENT SHOWS "Wondrous Strange: A Cabinet of Twenty-first Century Curiosities," through August 28th. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists' Gallery, Fort Mason Center, Bldg A, SF. (415) 441-4777, www.smoma.org; "Degrees of Separation: Contemporary Photography from the Permanent Collection," through March 14, 2011. San Jose Museum of Art, 110 South Market, San Jose. (408) 271-6840, www.sjmusart.org.



Sean Desmond

Untitled (from "The Tenderloin Project"), 2009, 35mm Giclée print, 40" x 60"

ABOUT THE PHOTO This image is from an ongoing artistic endeavor I've been working on in the Tenderloin since November 2008. Through photography, I've had the chance to interact with the community and its residents, seeking to capture a compelling and honest portrait focused on the art of living. A common thread I've heard from people living on the street is that, hardships aside, they enjoy the freedom that the streets afford them. Like birds, they have no roof or limiting boundaries. For me, the photo evokes this freedom and also the capabilities that we as humans all possess. The pigeons, like the human subject in the frame, are ascending and going forth. They embark into an unknown future, where perhaps optimism will conquer adversity. It's all in tune with my project's aim, displaying a sense of benevolence and hope through art in one of San Francisco's most marginalized communities.

UPCOMING SHOW "The Tenderloin Project," Aug. 14–Sept. 7. Butter Gallery, 2303 NW Second Ave., Miami. www.buttergallery.com, www.thetenderloinproject.com

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