2012

November 21, 2011 – January 9, 2012

Chris Conrad

“Moontracks”

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The earth, moon, and stars participate in a timeless dance. Moontracks are the result of photographing this choreography as it is scribed on the fluid surface of water. Because the photographs average eight-hour exposures, the liquid canvas can change dramatically from start to finish: water can flow and move, freeze and thaw, agitate and still. The camera and lens also participate in the dance, anticipating the moon’s arc from east to west, its height above the horizon, and when and how the celestial orb will appear on the surface of water. Complicating these relationships is water’s evaporative nature, the flux of the lunar cycle, and unpredictable weather and clouds.

I began photographing Moontracks during a contemplative and introspective moment in my life when I recognized Time as my most valuable possession. One can always find ways to make more money.

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One can gather wealth and stockpile riches, but we cannot create Time, nor can we save it for the future. Time exists right now, and though we’re free to choose how, Time’s very nature forces us to spend it.

Many new ideas arose from my nights photographing Moontracks, and I intend to put several of these ideas into practice in the coming years (if I’m so lucky). In the mean time, I can reflect on the images created during those long, cold, lovely nights and feel satisfied that each is Time well spent.

 

 

September 4 – October 14, 2012

Jim Jordan

“Just a Minute: Instant Photography Premiere Exhibition”

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With the introduction of Edwin Land’s self-developing Polaroid print, the important dimension of instant gratification was added to photography for artists and millions of amateurs. For the next twenty years. the Polaroid Corporation was an industry leader before being overtaken by digital photography. Recently, the Fujifilm Corporation has introduced the Instax small format system which delivers sharp and intensely colored photographs. “Just a Minute” documents regional eccentric architecture and signage with this method. Also included in the exhibit is a group of vintage Polacolors taken in 1992.

Jim Jordan: Biography

Jim Jordan has been a resident of the Panhandle of Texas since 1948. He has been a photographer since 1968. He enrolled at Amarillo College in 1950 with a saxophone music scholarship as a music major, but later joined the city of Amarillo Water Reclamation Department. After 33 years there, he retired in 1988.

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After retirement, Jim focused on his interest in photography, attending nine workshops by master photographic artists.  He has pursued his photography ever since, including 62 trips to Palo Duro Canyon. These photos culminated in an exhibit: “Palo Duro Suite”, which toured Germany for five years.

Jim has attended many photography classes at Amarillo College, and became the director of the Southern Light Gallery for 13 years. During that time over 139 photographic exhibits were held  from photographers around the world.

Jim has been a strong community supporter and volunteer, especially in the arts. He has been the past president of eight non-profits including the Amarillo Museum of Art, the Amarillo Opera, and Catholic Family Services.

Jim Jordan is still an active member of the photography and art community. He continues photographing landscapes and architectural subjects in Texas and New Mexico, and has  five to twelve exhibitions per year throughout the country.

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