April 4- 30 / Opening Reception on First Friday, 6-10pm
Featuring portraits by Steve Dyer, Taylor Galloway, Stephanie Price and Gianna Vadino
This series of photographs represents a poetic relationship between the human form and nature. By exploring how the body and the natural environment interact, these images allow for similarities and differences to become apparent to the viewer. Throughout this process of documenting, I have discovered various ways of interpreting the human form within a natural environment, varying from the time of the day and the exposures, yet the subject remains a constant. My subjects interact with their surroundings in a number of ways.
This body of work as a whole does not try to explain these relationships and interactions between these two raw forms, however, it asks the viewer to acknowledge their existence, similarities, and differences. I have printed these photographs by means of non silver processes. I have used a first layer of platinum palladium and then exposed the image for a second time with a layer of cyanotype. The use of two different chemicals allows for very unpredictable, yet beautiful, results. I explore this world in a monochromatic way, as if the human subject is alone in the woods surrounded by only the natural landscape and I would like to emphasize the confinement.
This selection of images are derived from different bodies of work, but are combined at Gravy Studio & Gallery to talk about body language as a whole. The situations are created to appear simple in form, which allowed the objects to become as important as the models. Throughout the pictures, the models gained and lost control of their postures. Interacting with the models insecurities during the act of picture taking lead me to find a real sense of the person in a contrived environment.
Making portraits helps me better understand those close to me and those whose paths I may only cross once. These brief interactions enable me to have an honest relationship with the subject. I enjoy hearing people’s histories, where they’ve been and where they hope to go. My camera is a tool that allows me to learn more than a conversation can articulate.
Stephen Dyer studied at Antonelli Institute of Graphic Design & Photography. He currently resides in Philadelphia where he sneaks out early in the morning to shoot images before the rest of the world is awake. His photos capture the stillness of the urban and suburban landscape, and the candid portraiture of the people he comes across in his journeys. His portraits capture every day people in their natural element, showing the simplistic beauty of humanity in every snapshot. The compelling collection of photographs in his portfolio evoke an effortless sense of wonder to the viewer, capturing through the lens what most people miss while caught up in their daily routines.