I recently spent a weekend upstate and whilst strolling about the main street in Woodstock strolled into Center of Photography and immediately fell in love with the photographs of Justine Reyes. She’s based in NY and I wrote this for Beautiful/Decay:
On a recent visit to The Center for Photography in Woodstock, New York I had the pleasure of viewing the works of Justine Reyes. A series entitled Vanitas included photographs reflecting old Dutch still lifes in a similar vain but with a most sharp and contemporary air that was both refreshing and humorous. Nothing was lost in translation, only visually and contemporaneously heightened, as Reyes transferred paintings of a historical past into photographs of a transient present. The usual suspects are depicted here: skeletons, peeled fruits with skins dangling off the edge of the table/picture plane, bouquets past their prime and on the brink of decay. Monochromatic shades, deep rich colors, ominous but peaceful environments, sharp spotlights, spacious foregrounds with deep recessions, all are clearly marked in each photograph as the artist masterfully reflects a movement and style of the past.
Read the rest here.
Also, check my flickr photos from my trip. Notice how I’m trying to be all “fine art photographer” noticing “exquisite details” within super close ups. Right. It was a great impromptu off-time with the usual kimchi omelette for breakfast, veggie curries for dinner, starring at the computer while starring at the trees, hiking and pond jumping, it was super relaxing.