It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, I know. Life has become VERY busy for me lately . . . so busy in fact that I wasn’t able to attend the Alameda on Camera exhibit at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts this year. This is the first year since 2011 that I missed participating in it, and I really felt the loss in my soul.
However, I was able to help volunteer at the opening night gala for the exhibit and got to see all the lovely pieces that this year’s artists produced. There were some old favorites (like a quilt by Susan Lea Hackett), and some new blood (this is the second year in a row that FBCA has included a “Youth” category of photos), and it was great to see people’s interpretations of whatever section of Alameda they had chosen.
For instance, Patti Cary created this very interesting sculpture, titled “Return.” I’m not sure what section of the map she drew, so I don’t know if the leaves on the branches are the photos she took, or if the other items on the branches are things she found on the streets or sidewalks of wherever she was. Regardless, it’s a fascinating piece.
Because the 48 sections of the map of Alameda don’t change, there are a few sections where people seem to produce the exact same image every year, no matter who the photographer is.
For example, one section includes an abandon warehouse that used to house a Del Monte factory. This building is so long that it takes up two blocks, and its own section on the map. It can be very hard to make a photo of such a long building look interesting and different from every other photo (as you can see in the photo to the right), but one artist, Alisha Laborico, was able to capture what was (in my opinion) the BEST aspect of this building I’ve ever seen before. (I’ll have to update this post later when I can take a picture of her image to share with you.)
UPDATE – Alisha was gracious enough to share her image with me, so here it is.
As anyone who’s seen my work for long enough will tell, it’s no wonder I loved her image. The repeating patterns, the unusual angle, & the curving movement are all tricks I use in my own photography. So, when I saw Alisha’s picture of the Del Monte building, I knew I had to write about it this year. If you compare the image above of the building to the one to the left here, they almost don’t look like the same building. And this old factory will be renovated next year, so it won’t look the same ever again. But I’m thrilled that Alisha found a way to make this building look more interesting (to me at least).
Anyway, even though I wasn’t able to spend a weekend in February walking around this lovely island, capturing unique photos in my section, I was glad that I was able to see the work produced this year. And you can believe that I will do whatever I can to ensure I’m able to attend this event next year. After all, I’ve only taken pictures in 5 sections of Alameda . . . there’s SO much more of this lovely island to explore. :o)