PhotoNOLA: Bob Avakian
Bob’s work has been exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA; Gallery Seven, Maynard MA; Greg Moon Gallery, Taos NM and in Photography Atelier exhibitions at the Griffin Museum amongst other venues. He was selected as a Photolucida Critical Mass 2012 Finalist and in the 2012 International Photography Awards (IPA) 10th Annual competition was awarded Honorable Mention in a number of categories, most notably Night Photography and Fine Art Landscapes. He is a juried member of the Cape Cod Art Association and the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA.
I like to think of my camera as a two-way mirror that allows me to see my surroundings while at the same time I become more aware of myself. When I am out at night, alone, all cares disappear and my sense of time fades. A heightened awareness takes over as I direct my attention to the challenge of relaying the quiet and solitude I experience through the photographs I make.
For the past year, I have been photographing the natural landscape at night and at the break of dawn. At night I use long exposures, which make it possible to turn a night scene into a day scene. In the early daylight hours, by underexposing, it is possible to turn day to night. I have known some of the landscapes I photograph intimately for many years. Through my exposure and printing decisions I represent these landscapes in a way I have never seen them before. In this series I work to achieve a balance, suggesting that these images were made in a single moment in time somewhere between night and day.
When I go out to photograph I drive around, searching for isolated scenes that contain an unknown light source or have some other mysterious quality. Of course there are times when I don’t find anything. What fascinates me about this process is that there is so much surprise that it seems almost magical. Since the night is in control of setting the stage, I never know where I will wind up. It reminds me so much of life.