555 Gallery: Barbarous Coasts
I am always happy to celebrate the opening of a new photography gallery, the 555 Gallery in Boston, which hopefully reflects a changing tide in photography sales and interest. Owner and director Susan Nalband opened in a 2,000 square foot space in a renovated 1950s manufacturing plan on the edge of South Boston’s old industrial and new residential neighborhoods and blocks away from the Seaport and Innovation Districts. 555 Gallery is dedicated to contemporary fine art photography and art with exhibitions showcasing the work of established and emerging artists.
The inaugural exhibition is Barbarous Coasts, a theme that Susan drew inspiration from “Moby Dick” author, Herman Melville. She states, “ When I first saw these breathtaking photos I was reminded of Melville’s famed quote, ‘I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.’, which I feel best articulates the work of these two photographers each from vastly different ranges of experience.” The exhibition opens February 13th and runs through March 22 with an opening reception on Saturday, February 15 from 5 to 8 PM.
Barbarous Coasts presents the work of two photographers Neal Rantoul and David Mattox, who have gone to the ends of the earth to create images that illustrate the rapturous beauty of the sea, its adjacent landscape and people.
Neal Rantoul, a prize-winning Boston photographer, headed the photography program at Northeastern University for thirty years. Rantoul’s latest subject depicts the abstract rocky cliffs of Hofsos, Iceland, where he recently completed an artist in residency program resulting in his newest series, “Rock.”
Work of David Mattox, Fish Camp
David Mattox is the captain of his own licensed salmon net fishing camp in Alaska. His collection, “Fish Camp,” is an ongoing series of photographs documenting his decade long work on the Upper Cook Inlet of Alaska, where he found his best subjects in the faces of the people who work the sea.
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