Northern Floridians and visitors to the Panhandle this month and next should head to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. On display are the indomitable Salvador Dali and our friend Mary Anne Mitchell’s latest selection of photography.
Mitchell creates her images using long exposures, wet plate collodion, and digital scanning. Wet plate collodion involves preparing a glass plate with collodion (a chemical solution) and shooting the photograph directly onto the plate. The process was developed in the 1850s and quickly became popular because it produced a multi-use glass negative; it remained the primary means of photography through the 1880s.
Mitchell uses this traditional process to shoot long-exposure photographs that create movement and give the images an ethereal atmosphere. She then scans these plates and prints them on a larger scale to intensify the organic characteristics inherent in the process. The exhibition of Mitchell’s black-and-white dreamscapes will include both plates and prints.
Visitors to the Holzhauer Gallery will even have the opportunity to experience Mitchell’s work as one might have in the 19th century: included in the exhibition are several stereoscopic viewers through which the photographs can be experienced in three dimensions.
Opening on May 23rd, latecomers to the exhibit might be instead keen to wait for the closing reception on July 16th, from 6-7:30 pm.
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