artist statement

Just a glance, sometimes that is all we get of a subject. The glance is directed at the camera or away from the camera and we are left to wonder.  I am inspired by the glance and hope to capture the intimacy of the moment, not lose it but keep it in memory.  I wonder where they have been, where they hope to go or what they dream.

 

My travels have taken me to various locations throughout the world.  I often sit with camera in hand  and watch the lighting and world change while I photograph.  I am inspired by available light and contrast of light and dark.  When I take a photograph, I am documenting my world. 

 

Darcie Goldberg



 



exhibition :
The Last Frontiers / Alaska and Easter Island

Photographs by Darcie Goldberg
April 2011

I was not sure how I was going to relate Alaska and Easter Island for this exhibition.  As I gathered the photos and information, I realized the associations were similar in many ways.  The obvious was the isolation, barrenness, extremes in weather and also their endurance of the elements.  They are each majestic and geographically in their own way and their histories reflect struggles and conquers from the outside world. 

 My usual genre is people and a more photojournalistic approach to my subjects when photographing.  However, I felt small on the scale of the landscapes and saw each in the black & white style I have practiced for over 30 years.  The lighting was all natural light. 

I have labored over the years to stay true to my style of black & white from a mid-format camera (Hasselblad) with hand printed paper.  Due to the new technology and digital conversions, it has become more difficult to be a purest.  I realize I have to let go and learn the newer technology, as well as convert some of my negatives to produce an exhibition.  I compromised.  I developed my negatives, had a digital lab scan my negatives and print on a large format paper.  All my images are square due to the size of my negatives 2 ¼  x 2 ¼.  The images in this exhibition are not cropped.  When I look through my viewfinder, I create the image to be printed with no alterations. 

My love and my passion, as well as my second home, has been the Chester County Art Association (CCAA) for the past fifteen years.  The vision to create an environmentally “green” renovated art center has been a goal.  Benefits from this exhibition will go directly to CCAA’s Green Renovations.

Many thanks to John Baker and West Chester University for the opportunity to exhibit my photographs.  My love to my family who know that gypsy blood runs through their veins and travels and journeys are important along the way.