Jon Evan Glaser's "From the Outside In" - Photography Exhibit
October 3rd to 31st, 2015
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Substrate Fine Art Gallery is pleased to present the landscape photography of California-born photographer Jon Evan Glaser during the month of October. Glaser will be at the Opening Reception on October 3rd, 2015 from 7 pm to 10 pm.
This will be the artist’s first U.S. exhibit outside his current home state of Florida. The photographic work comes directly from Art Monaco.
Glaser traded the creativity and artistry of general dentistry to utilize the same characteristic traits in photography when a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis forced an early retirement from his practice, ushering in a career in photography.
Weather, foreground interest, perspective, and the play of shadow and light are the elements that Glaser focuses on when composing an image. He has traveled extensively, visiting such natural wonders as Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier National Park in the U.S. and Banff in Canada, along with the Smokey Mountains, Death Valley, the coastlines of Maine and Oregon, Iceland and Hawaii. Every trip has had an influence on the photographer, helping to further hone his craft.
Glaser is prolific in his work. He has exhibited his photographs at Sunshine State venues, including Art Palm Beach in January 2015, the Palm Beach County Convention Center, and Art Basel in December 2014, the Spectrum Venue in Miami, both as part of the "Irreversible Project"; The Boca Raton Museum of Art 2014 Biennial Exhibition; the Palm Beach Photographic Centre; Delray Beach Center for the Arts; Gab Studio, and Art Fusion Gallery in Miami; and Gallery 101 and the Karen Ledbetter Gallery in Fort Lauderdale.
Additionally, Glaser is a signature member of the Boca Raton Museum Artist’s Guild and his work is regularly featured at the Members’ Gallery. He has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the "Silver Award" at this year’s PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, and his work has been featured in several publications, including Black & White magazine.
DJ Set // Complimentary Beer & Wine.
Substrate Fine Art Gallery is located at 709 North Ridgewood Place in Los Angeles, California 90038
For artist information and interviews please contact Ramses (323) 833-6459.
This photograph was taken on my second visit to the Oregon coast. The morning started out gray and overcast and dull and dreary. Sunrise was scheduled for around 6:15 that day but the twilight hour was overcast with thick gray, dull, dreary fog.
To my amazement, as the sun cleared the horizon, a pinkish hue engulfed the entire shoreline. That in combination with the lack of large waves made for a photograph not to be missed.
In April 2015 I traveled to the Hawaiian island of Kauai to photograph some of the amazing scenery with a group of shutterbugs. This image is from Anahola Beach Park, located on the eastern shore. Not one to follow the pack all the time, I decided to photograph this beach differently. I used a filter to prevent light from entering the camera quickly, which allowed me to leave the shutter open for about a minute. I hit the button, let the camera do its work and was able to create the movement in the clouds.
This banyan tree is located in the southeast section of Maui, within the Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park. The two-mile trail had an elevation of about 600 feet; by the time I got to my shooting spot I had already gone through two bottles of water! The tree is enormous and in close proximity to the path, creating a photographic challenge. I first tried to capture an image using the widest focal length of my camera lens, which wasn’t wide enough. The work-around was to take three images, one pointing the camera down, another with the camera level to the ground and a third with the camera pointing towards the sky. I then connected the three images together using computer software. Gargantuan tree 0, landscape photographer 1!
I traveled on the Road to Hana in Maui to the Ke’anae Peninsula. Timing was less than ideal because of on-again-off-again rain but, trying to make the best of the situation, I proceeded to photograph the area. Try as I might, nothing spoke to me until the clouds rolled in and the rain started up again. At that point, I set up my camera, wiped the water drops off the lens and took a few “less than optimal” pictures, or so I thought! Upon first view, the image was rather average and stale-looking in color. However, when converted to black and white, a dark and moody scene developed, and I discovered that my instincts to shoot the area were correct.
Black and white photography can be challenging, particularly when translating color images. But I have always been drawn to the medium. This scene, in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, was inundated with colors, and the elements lacked a center of attention. The real excitement for me came when I converted a camera to record the infrared color spectrum of light. It made it rather easy to convert the image to black and white and record the tones quite differently.
This image is of Ruby Beach, located in Olympic National Park. I captured this photograph while waiting for my friend Andy to finish up his shoreline shooting. What started as a generic scene evolved to something special when I saw him working in the last remaining light. I recognized the strong composition and grabbed my camera to capture a calm and still scene.
While in Iceland, I reluctantly agreed to follow some friends up the side of a mountain to get behind the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. I put on my waterproof jacket and followed the others through the icy cold water. I put my camera under my shirt to keep it dry and began to scramble 15-20 feet over rocks, only to realize that my glasses were going to be of no use! After making in to the back-side of the waterfall, I spent 10 minutes or so fighting water spray to get this image, then reversed my route back through the sheet of water dreaming of the warm and dry van waiting for us at the base of the mountain. Well, when I arrived back to the vehicle, I found out – the hard way – that my waterproof jacket was anything but!
It was my second day in Iceland with my photography buddies when I persuaded them to take a trip to a small waterfall call Bruarfoss in the central part of the country. I had seen images of the waterfall while doing my own research and knew it was one place we should not miss. Before the hike we were warned that it was wet and muddy but that didn’t phase me. I didn’t care cause I knew what the payoff would be! Well, we walked thru the brush in ankle deep water and mud until the neglected path opened up to a wonderful little bridge and waterfall. The look on my friends faces when they saw the area was priceless. Needless to say the grumblings turn to thanks and appreciation for my due diligence and research.
In 2012, I was surfing the Internet and came across a picture of a lake. There was no description of where it was located, but I was amazed by the color of the water and knew that I had to see it in-person. After a little research, I learned that the water that made me say “Wow!” was the extremely popular Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Canada, and it’s one of the images that grace Canadian currency. I booked my trip to Canada and was able to capture a unique moment of the lake despite the clouds and sunrise seemingly not willing to cooperate. Timing is everything in landscape photography, but it’s also important to remember, “It only takes one!”
I came across this flower at Mount's Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach, FL. The image was taken back in January, 2010, six months after I retired from dentistry. I knew that the image “had something,” but it took me a while to figure out how to best represent what I saw. It was not until 2013, after I learned the technical skills necessary to convert the image to black and white, that I created the version that I saw in my mind.
The rolling hills of the Palouse in Washington can be seen for miles and miles. The week before I arrived in the region I pre-scouted and watched the weather reports. And, I noticed that the forecast called for clear skies and few, if any clouds. With that in mind, I devised a Plan B to go into effect.and preconceaved an image. I knew cloudless skies produced a pink and blue sky called the earth’s shadow and the belt of venus. This occurs as the sun passes the horizon and light is reflecting in the atmosphere as a rosy pinkish arch visible long after sunset. This backscattering of refracted sunlight is caused by fine dust particles high up in the atmosphere. I was especially fortunate because of the massive amounts of dust in the air that week. In the end, I turned lemons into lemonade.
Taking in an entire scene can be overwhelming at times, especially when a camera is limited by its field-of-view. My solution is to capture as much as the camera will allow, and then add to that. For this photograph, I positioned the camera in four different directions, creating a 90- degree horizontal image, and then connected the images together electronically. As the sun just touched the horizon, I created a starburst with the camera’s optics.
I never thought much of dirt, nor did I think it was photogenic, until I came across this recently plowed land in Whitman County, Washington State, a major agricultural area known for its wheat-growing. The dirt’s patterns and lines, created by the angle of the sun, intrigued me. It made for a surrealistic photograph that appears to be generated by a computer.
This was my first morning in a region called the Palouse, in the south eastern section of Washington State. As the sun crested over the horizon, my eye caught the glow of a red barn in the distance. The contrast in color, along with the combination of the shadows created at sunrise was not something to miss.
This bridge that connects Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL spans just over four miles. I liked the formation and structure of the clouds just after sunrise, determining that the contrast of sky movement and static bridge would make for a fascinating image. To capture this image, I increased the exposure time to a bit over one minute.
The most opportune time for me to take photographs is usually the early pre-dawn hours. This setting in Venice, FL was one of those times. The clouds moved quickly across the sky, while the other elements remained calm and relatively still. The only other real movement came from people or the flags waving in the breeze.
The afternoon at Casperson Beach, FL began with lots of shapeless, dark gray clouds. While I normally would have left the area, my intuition told me to stay. And then it happened: The clouds on the horizon began to clear just before sunset, providing the opportunity that I hoped for. The optimum time to take a photograph with color in the sky is usually momentary. This time was different; the color seemed to last quite long time, as the sky turned to a bright orange. As the sun drifted below the horizon, the sky continued to explode in color. Needless to say, it was a stunning experience and I was able to get varied compositions.
The San Juan Mountains in Colorado are an astonishing region during the fall season. I felt like a kid in a candy store! There were so many compositions to photograph that I was almost on overload and I did not know where to start. The shadows and light falling on different sections of the valley was fascinating as various shades of yellow and green contrasted against the blue and white sky. It was a very easy scene to capture!
Iceland is a captivating, wondrous place. You can drive for miles and find wonderful compositions everywhere. I was just finishing up a very long week of photographing the land when my friend Bob and I spotted this scene. The clouds seemed to hold fast to the side of the mountain while I positioned my camera and set up my composition. I knew it would take multiple images to capture the entire scene. Although there was quite a bit of color from splashes of green moss, I decided a conversion to black and white was necessary to capture the foreboding and dark feeling I felt from the mountains.
Sometimes the best time to capture a scene is at twilight, the time between darkness and morning sunrise. This was one of those times. The only activity came from the pre-dawn procedures the fishermen attended to before they took their boats onto the Pacific Ocean. That was overshadowed by the serenity and stillness of the harbor.