November 12, 2010
How do the ruins of an ancient church in the rural South Carolina low country and the skyline of Manhattan relate to each other as silent structures? St. Helena Island and New York City couldn’t be more dissimilar in their audio levels. One is surrounded primarily by the calls of birds and the sound of an occasional car passing by on a nearby two lane road, while the other continually teems with the sounds of traffic coming and going in all directions. Thus is the theme of Barry Lobdell’s new photographic exhibition “Silent Structures” now showing at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake through December 8th 2010. Lobdell describes this specific body of work as such, “When working with the camera, the visual sense takes precedence over all others. The noise or lack of it loses its importance when the mind is busy concentrating on composition, movement and the quality of light on a subject. The resulting photograph is a singular moment, which speaks silently, allowing the viewer to provide his or her own sound track – or absence of one.”
Barry Lobdell is a photographer who lives in Saranac Lake, NY. His work has won acclaim on the local, regional and national stages. He was the first recipient of the Barbara Johnson Parness Art in Public Spaces Program Prize in Saranac Lake in 2003. In the same year, he won the Best in Show/Purchase Prize in the North Country Regional Juried Art Show at the Gibson Gallery in Potsdam, NY. In 2002, he won Second Prize in the “Adirondack Life” Juried Exhibition at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts in Lake Placid, NY. In 1997, he won Best in Show in the same competition.
His artistic philosophy is summed up in the following statement:
“My ambition is to interpret as best I can the emotions and ideas that my surroundings inspire in me. The challenge of using light and composition to convey a personal and meaningful image makes every outing with the camera an adventure. The successful moments, when all the elements are right and the visual connection is made cannot be explained with words; only a photograph can begin to share the experience.”
– Barry Lobdell
He is a member of the Adirondack Artists Guild in Saranac Lake, where his photographs are regularly on display in the Guild’s gallery and on their website, www.adirondackartistsguild.com.
He also has a personal website, www.barrylobdell.com.