Notable: New Inventory, Upstream by Charles Lindsay, Gitterman Gallery

In Gallerist on May 29, 2017 at 4:18 pm

Hatch, Montana, Charles Lindsay

Gitterman Gallery has new inventory that’s perfect for the outdoor photography enthusiast, photographed by Charles Lindsay.

With the seasons finally changing, my thoughts drift to the outdoors. I am reminded of the work my friend Charles Lindsay made almost 2 decades ago. I purchased a print back then of the Hatch for my twin brother Paul, an avid fly fisherman. He and I were taught to fly fish by our grandfather just like Charlie was, only Charlie learned at the old Jovial Fish and Game Club in Quebec and we learned on the River Test.

These photographs remind me of what it feels like to be on the river, the flow of the water, the dance of the flies and the immediacy of the weather. They embody the concept that you cannot step twice into the same river first suggested by the 5th Century BC Greek philosopher Heraclitus. Charlie seems to embrace both the infinite and the finite of nature simultaneously. They are specific moments of awe, some quiet and intimate and others full of energy.

Charlie only made a few prints of most of these images. He printed them himself in 2000 on 20×24 inch gelatin silver paper.

-Tom Gitterman

From Charles Lindsay:

Upstream is where I seek clear water, solitude, and trout. This book is the result of a five-year exploration into my experience of nature while fly fishing. The seeds for this endeavor were sown over thirty years ago fishing with my father and grandfather at the old Jovial Fish and Game Club in Quebec. In fly fishing, I return to the rivers and streams where I am at ease, where I affirm my connection with land and water.

I’ve reduced my camera equipment to a Rolleiflex with a fixed normal lens, the simplicity of which parallels the fly rod itself. I photograph while fishing and also dive into the river with my camera in an underwater housing. Beneath its surface the river is otherworldly, and the cold turbulence is both sensual and deeply calming.

I photograph to increase my awareness and to extend the process of concentration that culminates when the fish strikes. With wilderness under siege and humanity’s relationship with the natural world forever altered, photography allows me to bring the rituals of hunting and interpreting the land into a modern vernacular.


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