March 29, 2005
Color me intrigued with Gregory Colbert's "Ashes & Snow"
Link: Gothamist: Ashes & Snow
Exhibit site link: ashes and snow.
I haven't been to NYC to see this, but I caught the tail end of a thing on TV and was just struck by the images, although I hear there is some controversy about the animals, but then the whole thing sounds mysterious. I did hear that Colbert says no images were manipulated digitally, that all the compositions appeared that way on the film. Dunno if I believe that, but OK.
The Nomadic Museum that travels with it sounds just striking too.
What got me thinking was the idea of a "container" for multiple art forms, integrated, it seems. Besides the very large and striking images, dramatically lit in the moveable museum of recycled materials, there is a film and a novel in letters (uh, that would be epistolary, I guess). Is the novel available anywhere else? I guess I should look.
Ah, it is for sale at the museum shop site, pricy, along with exhibit books and posters. It would be cool to get one of those posters, maybe. If I totally fell in love with one of them. $50 a piece.
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I hate to be a cynic but I love to question. Looking carefully at the images I wonder if the figures aren't posed in front of a movie and rephotographed. Shadows etc. could have been air brushed in. Often there are 2 figures almost on the same horizontal plane but one has better whites and much more detail than the other. (Think of Jerry Uelsman.) Of course, it would be wonderful if they really were straight photography. . . I'll stop now because this could evolve into a discourse on foreign policy in the U.S. today. . .
Posted by: ignota | May 20, 2005 1:26:46 PM
I went to New York and saw the exhibit and I it left me speechless. The mood, lighting, the suspended photographs and enigmatic music made you fell like you were going through a religious experience. I have been into photography for ages and I do believe in authenticity of the photographs. And even if the images were manipulated it would not diminish my fascination of this exhibit
Posted by: siberia | Jun 9, 2005 5:29:28 PM
I AM TRYING TO FIND A PHOTO EXIBIT IN CALIFORNIA..PLEASE REPLY
Posted by: kat winokur | Jul 19, 2005 2:06:25 PM
My mom showed me this the other day and I was astonished. I've never seen photography like this that hasn't been messed with. I was like he haaaad to have done something, this isn't just a photograph. She said no. It's all real. Like someone else said, even if it's not, it's still totally amazing. I'd love to get a poster or two, but they're extremely expensive, for me at least. I've been looking other places and can't seem to find anything of his anywhere, but his site. If anyone has any info, please let me know. email@example.com Thanks
Posted by: Jackie | Aug 22, 2005 6:41:28 PM
this is TOTALLY AMAAAAAAAAAZING! I am....speechless... yeah, that's THE adjective to describe it... unbelievable... it's so beautiful!
Posted by: Marine | Oct 18, 2005 7:30:14 AM
I absolutely love Gregory's photos - especially the ones with him swimming with the elephant and whales. He's gorgeous just like his photos. I don't like to use the word photo because they "photos" he takes are so much more......! I have told all my friends and family about Ashes and Snow......I wish we in the midwest could talk Mr. Colbert into bringing the exhibit to us here in the center of the United States.
Posted by: Sandy Ludvik | Nov 1, 2005 2:22:54 PM
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to visit the nomadic museum while it was in Santa Monica this past spring. I was intitially intrigued by the building itself: miles of stacked over-seas shipping containers, so I looked it up on the internet, and just cried my eyes out during the entire presentation. The visit was no different for me, and was very emotional on an entirely different level. Yes, I am a sappy romantic, and an animal worshipper, but the music, the structure, and just the entire ambience was breathtaking; unreal. I don't know how a person could possibly swim so closely to any beast as large as a sperm whale, and not be crushed in its wake alone, but I'm just enjoying every bit of it anyway. The CDs are available for purchase online, and they're worth the price, believe me. The individual books are also a good investment; they are little treasures in themselves.
Posted by: Alise | Aug 8, 2006 2:47:14 PM