Opening: Friday, June 7 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Touchstone Gallery Member Show
Slow Walking – 2019 by Michael Lang
Documentary photographer Michael Lang presents a solo show of his most recent street photography at the Touchstone Gallery at 901 New York Ave., NW, June 5 – 30, 2019.
Lang’s previous show at Touchstone Gallery began his series Slow Walking in NY in which he roamed the city with its energy and inspiration. For his current show, Lang continues exploring Manhattan together with Sicily with his Slow Walking theme. As viewers move along the walls of the exhibit, they will see a street performance of breakdancing, an art connoisseur engrossed in what at first appears to be a monochromatic black square (above), customers lined up waiting for 99¢ pizza, a homeless woman asking people if they’ve seen John-John Kennedy, a street evangelist ready to present his message to an
approaching group of people, and more.
In Sicily, Lang follows Easter processions, including the procession of the Mysteries, a 400-year-old tradition in Trapani. Twenty large sculptures, each lifted by 20-25 men, are carried in procession through the streets starting on the afternoon of Good Friday and lasting 24 hours. He also visits Poggioreale, a village destroyed in the 1968 earthquake and never rebuilt.
Lang’s interest in street photography began when he was 15 years old in 1957 with his well-received essay on Belvedere Billiards, a Baltimore pool room. This is where he honed his style of intimacy with his subject along with his attention to composition.
Lang has been a member of Touchstone Gallery for 20 years. During this time, he has presented several photographic essays exploring such places as the Northern Hill Tribe people of Thailand, the Farish Street neighborhood in Jackson, MS, as well as gay bars and drag clubs in Washington. He has served on the board of directors at Touchstone Gallery and as liaison to the nonprofit Touchstone Foundation for the Arts. Lang is also a member of the faculty of Photoworks, Glen Echo.
“Structure” by Ryan Feipel
Travel vicariously with fine art photographer Ryan Feipel as he depicts the enduring desire to be near the waters edge. Within his work Ryan finds the symmetry and balance in what may otherwise be seen as commonplace. His travels take him from coast to coast if effort to show how architecture, both big and small, can bring beauty and majesty in an already stunning venue.
While photography is a blend of many physical factors at play Ryan emphasizes time as the most important aspect in his photography. As he explains it, “The human eye is truly amazing, yet it is limited. With a camera, I can slow time, or rather, blend it together to form a more surreal image. My goal is not to just capture a moment in time, I want to capture a mood and evoke emotion.”
Ryan spends a great deal of time planning and studying his subject matter before committing to the moment. “I try to see the image before I ever step foot on a scene.” Often times he will walk a particular area just to understand the light and how it reacts throughout the day. He’s often spent an entire day on site waiting for the right light, sometimes revisiting multiple times.
Witness how he captures the symbiotic relationship of architecture and nature all along the coastline.
- Wednesday – Friday: 11pm to 6pm
- Saturday – Sunday: 12pm to 5pm
Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Ave. NW. For more information, visit www.touchstonegallery.com.