Tripping the Light Fantastic

Ada’s comments on her newest photographic adventure:

“Dubai, March 2018, the sun set on the Bedouin camp in the desert of Dubai, alighting the area in soft blue-purple hues. A hundred eager faces, belonging to the tourists who have visited from afar, turn to the stage as a man enters and begins a tanoura dance. He spins faster, his weighed skirt splaying out, and when the purplish hues of the sky disappear, bringing in the night on the desert winds, his tanoura lights up in various colors and unique patterns. Hundred faces are captivated by the colors, meshing together into a string of Christmas LED lights as he spins. In that moment, I am reminded of a picture in the National Geographic magazine of man in motion, spinning and dancing, with quiet joy. The movement of these two men—the one in the picture, and the one dancing the lighted tanoura—was light, and joyous.

A week later, I found myself wandering around on a cold and blustery evening in London, a city that is so full of life and history. I wondered, ‘How do you capture the essence that is London?’ For a city that holds the same population as New York, it is quieter, softer, and more relaxed than the Big Apple. St. Paul’s Cathedral looms ahead, while in front of me a classic London taxicab and the red double-decker pass each other. The moment gives me pause, and suddenly the lightbulb goes off—showing movement, a smidge of a taillight or a quick pass through of a bus, will be the movement in an otherwise quiet place to show London’s liveliness.

And so an idea to experiment with light trail, or low-shutter speeds was born. It was time to take the lens off of immobile objects and focus on mobility. While the saying goes ‘stop to smell the roses,’ which seems to indicate that we should stop moving, I say keep on watching the movements around you, because actions do speak louder than words. By observing movement, we can learn much about the person conducting the movement, and about the world around us. It is in these moments of seeing the way a bus moves through a picture, or the way a person dances with fire, that we can truly appreciate what it means to have mobility, in whatever way we have it.”

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Entryways in Life

“Entryways are an important part of our lives.  We use them every day, instinctually, without much regard to their form, structure, and beauty. The duality of doors, enabling passage or dividing space. Windows bring the outside world closer; the cacophony of everyday life, the weather, the fresh air, without leaving our homes, offices or recreational spaces, while we take the staircase to get to another floor in the building.  The idea of a building without doors, windows or staircases is nightmarish, a dark place with no way out; a prison.

Our culture and values teach us the importance of entryways.  We think in terms of ‘windows of opportunity,’ ‘the key to happiness,’ and ‘behind closed doors.’  Our ideas go ‘out the window,’ people go ‘window shopping,’ and eventually we all find ourselves at ‘death’s doorstep,’ ‘knocking on death’s door,’ or “taking the stairway to heaven.”  When things don’t go well, we often say ‘when one door closes, another opens,’ to opportunities that go sideways, or ‘getting your foot in the door’ when we know someone who helps us in getting a job or making a connection.  Entryways connect our world in a beautifully, uniquely and yet ordinary way.

When was the last time you stopped and looked at the Entryways in your life? All those doors you open and close every day?  Those windows you stare through? Have you really looked at them?  All manner of shapes, colors, styles, and size.  All manner of craftsmanship and care too.”

View this unique exhibit and meet Ada on Tuesday July 10, 2018 6-8pm