In Transit December 5 - 29
Whether by road, sea, rail, air, or other means, vehicles are both essential and ubiquitous in our daily lives. Photographers have documented transportation history, as NASA launched rockets, Ford assembled cars, and the Wright brothers took flight. As modes of transportation, photographers observe the intersections of cultures on public transit and the isolation of solitary commuters on the highway. Modes of transit spawn communities, and photographers have documented biker gangs and houseboats.
Journeys are photographed out of windows of speeding vehicles; blurred, voyeuristic, and fleeting. The vehicles themselves are cultural icons and status symbols: sailboats, muscle cars, Harley-Davidsons, and fixed gear bicycles. For In Transit, The Kiernan Gallery seeks images from and of the vehicles that move us.
About the Juror:
Jock Montgomery has worked as a professional guide and expedition leader – and of course as a photographer – in some of the most beautiful spots in the world. Straight out of college, Jock moved to Nepal to train raft guides and lead trekking, river running and mountain biking trips in Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan. He has taken more than 70 groups on a variety of trips in the Himalayas, as well as co-lead numerous kayaking expeditions with first descents in Nepal, Bhutan and India. After 12 amazing years in Katmandu, Jock is now based in Bangkok, Thailand, with his French wife and co-explorateur Annie Miniscloux where he is in demand as a commercial and editorial assignment photographer. He was the sole photographer for Menam Chao Phraya, River of Life and Legend, a 252-page coffee-table book about Thailand’s principal waterway. He speaks Nepali fluently and is conversant in Thai.
To me the theme In Transit speaks loudly of the kind of work Robert Frank did for his book The Americans. I tried not to limit myself to this especially since there were such a wide variety of interpretations submitted—which I enjoyed being influenced by! For myself and most of the people who submitted the images, travel and movement were important themes and they appeal to me in my own personal work.
It was difficult to place the photographs into two groups; many were on the fence, but out of all the images submitted this one entitled Pricilla, really stood out for me. I see images within images; and my eye is drawn primarily to two—call them mini images. One is a graphic still life of a car mirror, with lovely lines showing reflections and movement, and I like the combination textures—from the air vent to the blurred trees. It has a strong composition and yet it’s mostly out of focus. The other is a pensive mini portrait that leaves me wondering who this person is, what she was thinking about (or not?), and when the picture was taken. I wonder how fast or slow they were going whereas she appears slow and solemn. These mini images hold up on their own, and the two also work so well together; for instance, the diagonal lines across her face link up with the angle of her thumb and the line of her shirt collar and she is framed by the reflection of the air vent. I see a fleeting graphic transient portrait.