The July exhibition at the West Tiesbury Library, “New: Photos of Reggie Forster, Denaporter, Robskinon,” is a homage to the beauty of the island and elsewhere. Born from the original invitation of Dena Porter as a solo exhibition, she says, “COVID has made me very isolated for the last few years. If you want to exhibit, create a community and create people. I felt it should be connected. “All three photographers on display share a common thread in that they studied under the famous photographer Alison Shaw, who lives here in the vineyards.
Porter’s work captures the magic of glass light and creates beautiful and mysterious images. If you look deeper, you’ll see that it’s becoming more complex. Porter began filming windows in the Martha’s Vineyard Museum in 2019, especially those containing the original 1895 glass. Due to the irregularity of this glass, it produces all sorts of wonderful distorted reflections. Just by changing the shooting angle, the porter creates a completely different composition. In the black and white “MV Museum I” and the color “MV Museum II”, you can be trapped in an Art Deco-like “curl” with a wooden decoration hanging overhead. Porter “sees” a woman’s portrait in the reflection of “MV Museum II,” but in reality she can see her self-portrait in the window of “MV Museum VI.” Porter said: She has an endless set of surprises that reveal herself. “
At “MV Museum VII”, you can see the double reflection of the American flag. In the long run, you can see that Porter shot into one pane of the museum’s community gallery window. From there, you can see the photomosaic by the island artist Calder Martin. She says. “This is a politically sensitive photo for me. So many people are beginning to reinterpret the meaning of the flag and what it represents. I have all the flaws in what it means. I have a lot of respect. ”
In Porter’s New York works such as “Bergdorf Goodman II,” a super-chic mannequin can be seen in the windows of a “dressed” luxury department store in reflection from the buildings on Fifth Avenue and the trees in Central Park.
All of Rob Skinnon’s photos have a little magic. It is centered around the vineyards where he came many summers. Each is just a moment of pure beauty of light, color and silence. For example, the Steamship Authority ferry knew that it was splitting water while sailing towards Vineyard Haven Harbor, and that the waves were gently wrapping on beach shots at Lucy Vincent and Aquina. But they have tranquility.
“Generally, I see my work as a result of exploring places and roads that don’t move much,” says Skinon. “I like getting in the car, not knowing where to go, and taking my camera with me. My photos are a homage wherever I go.” The gorgeous, almost airy quality of Skinon’s work, He respects each place and supports his feeling of “thank you for what I have captured”.
Skinnon’s photographs, even seemingly active ones like “Jaws Bridge,” envelop us in peace and tranquility. This is a vibrant, long horizontal scene where bathers of all ages, shapes and sizes freeze at various stages of jumping. Invisible water below. As they turn their backs on us, we focus on the shapes of people and the relationships between them. Like the xylophone key, you can identify the marching mini “story”. The next moment you may hear splashes and screams of horror and laughter, but for now, everything is quiet as the summer sun shines on the iconic scene.
Until recently, Reggie Forster lived in the city, and his work here primarily reflects the landscape of the city. “I love the spontaneity of street photography and the way shadows instantly change the streets and people,” Forster said. The light of “Chinatown Sun” rushes through the clouds, and the long road rushes towards us with dramatic light and shade. Forster uses the same play of darkness and light in “Manhattan Signatures, NYC”. Here, the dominant dark graffiti complements the giant, vibrant white words scribbled on the devoted plaque at the bottom of the Manhattan Bridge.
Even in Forster’s populous scenes, colors dominate. Taken from the height of a bicycle wheel, the clothes of two men walking past a station in Brooklyn, New York, pick up the pigments of the stunning cityscape mosaic behind them. In two moody night scenes from Japan, the isolated figure plays a small role while the streetlights illuminate the red, blue, green, and many other colors of the deserted streets. Color predominates in the sunny summer photo of an anonymous woman’s back, where Forster captures Menemsha’s hut on canvas in “Minor Alteration, Massachusetts, Massachusetts.” His title makes us look for change. It turns out that she catches the eye on the bright green leaves she moved through the window to cover the unsightly metal power meter.
There are differences, but all three artists share a love for beauty, and how their work can be online in a moment that we can’t get at first glance. Encourage you to slow down to see.
“New: Photos of Reggie Forster, Dena Porter and Rob Skinnon” will be held at the West Tiesbury Library from July 1st to 30th. The opening reception is Saturday, July 16th, from 3pm to 4:30 pm.