Reception: Sunday, June 3 from 12pm to 5pm
Washington Printmakers Gallery presents Danny Schweers, Those Who See Slowly, May 31 – July 1, 2018. Reception Sunday, June 3, 12 – 5 pm, slideshow lecture Sunday, June 10, 3 pm Seeing Slow and Fast.
You are invited to see our fast-moving world more slowly, much slower than we usually see it, a world where the objectivity of the camera as a truth-telling machine is called into question but also oddly confirmed because it shows the world as it is, a place where things blur and where truth is often messy and enigmatic.
From the beginning, cameras have used long shutter speeds. At first there was no other option. Photographers struggled to get clear, precise images. They strived to get rid of the blur. They put the machines on tripods and, if people were the subject, heads were held rigidly in place by braces. Even today, most photographers strive to get it sharp.
Danny Schweers, in this series of photographs, embraces the blur of motion, letting the world move in front of the camera and encouraging the camera itself to move, even shake, revealing a world where objects overlap, boundaries soften, and colors blend and bleed like watercolors. It is an often beautiful world.
In a video, Danny shows the world as it might appear to those who see more slowly than most people. In medical terms, such slow seeing is a form of Palinopsia, the persistence of after-images. Seeing it for the first time, it is an initially disturbing world, one whose changing solidity can be physically nauseating and disorienting, but it can also be a revelation.
Danny is a studio instructor at the Delaware Art Museum and president of the Brandywine Photo Collective. He is past president of the Texas Photographic Society, with work in many public and private collections including those of Helmut Gernsheim and the Harry Ransom Center.
- Thursday – Saturday: 11am to 6pm
- Sunday: 12pm to 5pm
The exhibition is located at Washington Printmakers Gallery at 1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW. For more information, visit http://www.washingtonprintmakers.com/.