Disclaimer: The following is an assignment for my Photography Portfolio class, do not feel obligated to read it.
January 18th my Portfolio Photography class with Roddy MacInnes went on a field trip to the Denver Art Museum and then afterwards we continued the field trip and went to the Camera Obscura Gallery across the street.
At the DAM, we went directly to a photography exhibit featuring the photos of Robert Benjamin, an acquaintance of Roddy’s. The show is called “Robert Benjamin: Notes from a Quiet Life.” His photographs focus on light, color and reflections. They often have meditative qualities but they lack movement. His photographs are obviously very personal— every one features a member or two of his family, particularly his wife. I could appreciate his obvious technical skill and I liked a few of his photographs— particularly the one of his son with the horses and the one that shows his children playing in the sprinkler— however his overall subject matter didn’t appeal to me.
After we left the DAM, we trekked across the street to the Camera Obscura Gallery— the oldest photography gallery in the world! We met the owner, Hal and after a brief introduction, we were given free-reign of the gallery. There had been a juried competition and so we got to see all the winners and honorable mentions. The Gallery was divided up into different sections based on subject matter. “People” were upstairs, experimental and landscapes downstairs, etc. I really enjoyed the time we spent in the gallery. The sad news is that apparently it is out of funds and will have to shut down fairly soon. Sad day.
On the whole, our fieldtrip downtown was successful. I was exposed to a new artist at the Denver Art Museum and even a whole new gallery. I hope to make it back to the Camera Obscura Gallery before it closes it’s doors for good.