A Smith Gallery: Light

I am beyond excited to be included in the Light exhibit at A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas. There are so many talented photographers who are participating and they all have entered some really stunning work. I'm so humbled to be a part of this wonderful group. The exhibit will be up from November 4th until December 11th, with an opening reception on November 24th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Photo Méthode Gallery

For the past 5 months I have been working as the Gallery Assistant for Photo Méthode Gallery and the director, Tina Weitz. During this time, Tina has very generously put a selection of my work on the gallery's walls, the official webpage, and in the online store.

I'm beyond thrilled to have my work displayed alongside all of the accomplished artists and photographers that are featured, currently including Christa Blackwood, Tami Bone, Peter Brown Leighton, Fran Forman, Kevin Greenblat, David Johndrow, Michael Kirchoff, Nancy Mims, Hannah Neal, Amanda Smith, Sally Weber, Tina Weitz, and Shelley Wood.

Please take some time to check out some of our brilliant photographers either online or at the gallery space housed in Flatbed Press and Gallery in Austin, Texas. There are also pieces from each artist available in the online store!

Photo Méthode is an exploration of photography gallery located in the Flatbed Building on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Austin, Texas. Featured are print processes and artworks of local and national photographers set in an industrial warehouse filled with galleries and artisans including Flatbed Press and Gallery, CamibaArt, and Gallery Shoal Creek.
Tina Weitz

Photo Méthode Gallery
(512) 294-9550
2832 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Austin, TX 78702

Hours During Exhibitions:
Wednesday - Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
By Appointment

PhotoPlace Gallery: Flight

I'm very honored to be a part of PhotoPlace Gallery's upcoming exhibit, Flight. There are so many poignant works in the final selection and I'm humbled to be among this group of talented photographers. If you happen to be in or near Middlebury, Vermont between June 8th through July 1st, please stop by and check out the show!

When was the last time you had a flying dream?

Flying dreams are connected to lucid dreaming. It is not clear how or why lucid dreams occur, but the phenomenon is fascinating because it incorporates self-awareness and control, which are elements of wakefulness, into dreaming. (When I was around 12, I began having intensely realistic flying dreams – I swear I was flying! I could escape the bad guys by jumping off the rooftop and projecting myself into the troposphere!) Children have lucid dreams more frequently than adults do, which suggests that lucid dreaming might be a natural phenomena occurring in a developing brain. I miss this experience as an adult.

Within the work submitted to this exhibition, I first looked for images that prompted an immediate visceral feeling of flying – photographs that creatively expressed the joy of flight. Jurying these images was a treat in that the subject of ‘flying’ was the constant, so I was enjoyably submerged in this ethereal topic – so, thank you to those who submitted work! The consideration of the craft, concept, and execution of the photograph was simultaneous criteria for image selection. Each single image had to be strong enough to stand on it’s own, aside from thematic elements, and exemplify something of the artist’s voice. Lastly, consideration of how the images would work together when hung as a group in a gallery space was a factor – a variety of visual genre was important.

Details in some of the imagery stick with me – the glint of light through a dragonfly’s wings exposing the cellular structure that enables flight, carnival ride wind blowing the blond curls of a child away from her head, a hot air balloon sandwiched between a full moon and a desert landscape, a yellow scarf floating through the stratosphere. A hawk soars above the famed Ranchos de Taos church; Vaux swifts swoop in formation, darkening the sky. Children gather on the lawn at dusk, jumping and turning in the air, capturing the feeling of flight for just three seconds.
Laura Moya