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August 3, 2011

August Art Exhibit at City Center

The Intangibility of Light – Photographs by Shundo David Haye

Exhibit opens Mon, Aug 8
Reception: Fri, Aug 12, 6:30pm
Bougainvillea

A photographer is always selecting and framing visual information, guided by, and revealing, cultural associations and personal preferences. But amid all the picking and choosing, there is a gift that is freely, if fleetingly, given: the quality of light at any moment. Coming from England, I have always been struck by the intensity of light in California, at least when the sun is shining. Living a fairly cloistered life much of the time, I pay attention to how light moves and changes over a given space at different times of the day or year.

I had intended this exhibition to consist of pictures from the last couple of years in San Francisco, but a recent road trip offered much material; the light in the mountains was even more vivid and enticing. I notice that the pictures I selected from that trip also try to come to terms with the immensity of space that I felt in these amazing places. Some of the pictures are also, it has to be said, just happy accidents.