The Stutz Art Space is featuring the work of three of award-winning photographers in May, with their show, “The Art of Nature: The Best of Our Worlds,” featuring the traditional and digital photography of Pete Howard, Gayle Moore and Tom Potter. The work includes Howard’s inkjet on canvas, and Moore and Potter’s traditional handcrafted silver gelatin black and white prints.
All three photographers have had solo exhibits throughout the Midwest, have been published in a variety of venues, including calendars, magazine articles, prints, and posters. Inkjet printing to canvas is relatively new, allowing photographers to print large versions of their work to framed canvas.
Pete Howard is one of those photographers who have been exploring that medium with an interest, and later, a career that spans more than fifty years, after being influenced by his grandfather. Pete began taking it seriously in the early 90s, focusing on landscapes, natural history, and manmade patterns. He especially found his inspiration in the Great Smoky Mountains during the spring, and Yellowstone Park in the winter.
Gayle Moore and Tom Potter both use large format cameras — think large studio cameras where the photographer hid under the large black blanket — to shoot some breathtaking photos, using a traditional silver gelatin technique. These are black and white prints using unusual techniques that you just can’t produce by flipping the black and white switch on their $100 digital camera.
While Moore spent a good part of her career in the Midwest, and Potter found himself in Alaska, Costa Rica, and everywhere in between for his art. According to a statement from the Stutz Art House,
(b)oth Gayle and Tom eventually moved to the challenge of black and white large format photography which now provides them opportunities to explore the many aspects of form, line, texture, and tone that they feel is best expressed in that medium.
While most people think that iPhones are going to be the death of digital photography, you soon realize that the biggest digital camera cannot reproduce what Moore and Potter are creating with their large format cameras and black and white photography.
It’s almost annoying to hear Instagrammies call what they do “photography” when you see what these real artists are doing with decades of experience and serious photography equipment that can’t place a single phone call.
If you want to see some real photography, and what serious cameras can do in the hands of serious artists, go to the Stutz Open House on Friday, May 4, from 5 pm to 9 pm, as part of Indy’s First Friday gallery tour. The show continues through May 25, and the gallery is open from 11 am to 2 pm weekdays or by appointment.
The Stutz Art Space is at 212 W. 10th St., B110. You enter from 10th Street via the alley. There is no cost to see this exhibition. For more information, visit the Stutz Art Space website.