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This selection of photographs comes from a collection of approximately 3,000 images taken during an excursion in the fall of 2006. One objective was to get photographically acquainted with the landscape characteristics of the North American Southwest and to lay the foundation for a personal body of work that portrays this remarkable area of the world.
I engaged in this project fully aware of the abundance of photographic coverage that this area has had through the years. Still, I was convinced that it is necessary to study the existing available work and to physically experience the area in order to develop a critical point of view and aspire to offer yet more compelling material of subject matter that begs to be visually celebrated over and over.
Along the journey, I compiled notes on each location. These were later shared via a newsletter (photography-all) that I distributed via e-mail for a number of years. I have included these notes in the book at each major stop along the Southwest Circle route. Although the notes initially were intended to be purely technical in nature, they evolved into observations and sometimes, humor due to the frequent masochistic demands of landscape photography.
I hope that this limited selection of images compels the reader to take an interest in my work, to explore the North American Southwest, and to fall in love with this treasured landscape.
- Adolfo Isassi
This landscape work seeks to capture The Dramatic Landscape Moment.
A moment created by the combination of a unique point of view and fortuitous light patterns captured by staying always one step ahead of the light.
I have let these landscapes take over my lens and speak to me, and through the photographic process, their voice has become mine.
I hope that their beauty inspires you to seek and experience the sometimes dramatic voice of nature.
Vanishing scenes form creeks around Austin Texas
The creeks around Austin are probably one of the best and unique features of the city. Some of them are very well known and frequented by the locals, Barton Creek and Bull Creek come to mind. Others are less visited, hence they still look pristine. Lost Creek and Slaughter Creek come to mind here. There are others like Shoal Creek, Bouldin Creek, and many more that have been encroached by development and, for the most part, have turned into dry beds and gray water drainage. I believe that eventually, all the creeks in the city will follow this fate. Even the ones within park designated areas, will be changed by over use, droughts and developers building damns in the upstream areas. This collection of photographs has been taken in the last five years, and attempt to capture idyllic scenes on the most beautiful corners of these creeks. The way I want to remember them before they vanish by planned progress.
2010 Published in:
Austin Monthly Magazine
December 2010 Issue
2010 Selected as the juror for:
6th Annual Naturescapes Photography
Contest and Exhibition
2009 Facing East Juried Exhibit :
Six images selected for this show (Awarded Best in Show)
2009 Austin City Hall People's Gallery Juried Exhibit :
Cathedral Of Junk No 59
2008 World in Motion Juried Exhibit
Black Spirits Ascending At Sundown No 2
San Diego No 57
2008 PX3 De La Phtographie Paris
PX3 De La Phtographie Paris
2008 Watson Gallery Studio"Abstract Expressions" Juried Exhibit
Unseen No 01 BW (Honorable Mention)
2007 Texas Documentary Photographers "Texas State Parks Exhibit"
Buescher State Park No 3
Buescher State Park No 2
2007 AVAA's 30th Anniversary Juried Exhibit
McKinney Falls No 10
Fear Juice No 1
Stadium Dreams in B&W
2007 Juried Exhibit at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center:
Caprock Canyon No 1
2007 Austin City Hall People's Gallery Juried Exhibit :
Bull Creek Blue Hour No 2
2006 Texas Documentary Photographers "Texas Power" Exhibit :
Holly Street Power Plant No 10
Seaholm Power Plant No 1
Longhorn Dam No 12
2006 Austin Visual Arts Association Members Show:
I Held You
2005 Austin Visual Arts Association Members Show:
Red In Venice
Dedication, compromise, discipline. Notions that conjure discomfort, pain even suffering.
In the realm of photography as a medium, what does it mean to apply dedication to this endeavor, compromise with the chosen subject on every shutter release, and discipline on the execution?
This project explores this epiphany and the need to find out how uncelebrated nature looks through this process, and what happens when more faith is placed in the medium, and less in the subject.
I hope that the commitment to the photographic process that emanates from these images, compels the viewer to ponder in the unique ability of photography to reveal beauty.
Cathedral Of Junk--the name says it all...it is a structure that resembles a cathedral and is made out of junk.
You can find this Postmodernist statement in a private backyard in South Austin, now days, one of the last bastions of the non-commercial spirit of "Keep Austin Weird."
I had the pleasure of having a couple of conversations with the creator himself, Vince Hannemann.
Flabbergasted at first with the sheer amount of detail and intricacy, I was reduced to ask the most obvious and unimaginative question:
"What was the impetus for this?"
Vince, on a perceptible "again that question!?" mood, politely responded something along the lines of: "I just did it for fun."
You can research articles written about this piece of work and find that it is not supposed to have any particular profound meaning.
But I profoundly disagree.
Personally, I have been approached with the question about my art, "What does it mean?"
I can answer in a number of ways, with varying degrees of candor, varying degrees of pretentiousness, or with the canned "Artist Statement."
After all, there is a large degree of truth in the communicators' maxim, "Know your audience."
But it has always been far more interesting and satisfying when someone, instead of asking questions, finds meaning in the art either at a personal or universal level and adopts the art as something meaningful.
It did not take much for me to adopt the "Cathedral Of Junk" as something meaningful. A wonderland of metaphors where I wanted to roam for hours exploring every nook and cranny, and in the end, crawl into one of its crevasses and feel like a fetus in a cozy womb of junk.
Junk Sculpture, and re-purposing junk in general, involves a very interesting aspect that underlines an intangible aspect of Modern life: Transient values.
Value in modern life, is temporary and fleeting. What holds some value today, surely will be discarded in the future. Obsolescence of anything, everything, and....eventually everyone is guaranteed.
Or is it? Junk sculpture shows us otherwise. This activity exposes how the same way society withdraws value from something, an individual can assign values back.
I find the genius of the Cathedral Of Junk in its mocking irony:
All the junk is the product of our highest modern values: science and technology.
Values that doggedly attempted to replace dogma and religion.
To what degree have these modern values failed us?
In the midst of this question stands Vince Hannemann's Cathedral Of Junk--an icon of religion, made out of discarded modern material.
Update Spring 2010:
During the first months of 2010, the Cathedral of Junk entered its final days, and by summer, it was closed by the City of Austin Authorities. For years it survived city officials and threats from people who did not understand Art, but as the saying proclaims: All good things must come to an end.
As the Cathedral has been transformed, semi-dismantled, and closed to the public, these photos are now historic.
About the photos
The photographs showcased in this selection were selected from a collection of approximately six hundred images taken over the last three years. The setting of these sculptures constitutes quite a photographic challenge, as both the shapes and materials tend to visually blend, making it difficult for the subjects to stand out in their context.
Multiple classic photographic techniques were applied in this project, with an emphasis on capturing the charming weirdness and spookiness of both the sculptures and their surroundings.
The final selection was based on what I consider to be the style and execution that best rendered the character and appeal of each sculpture and the most accomplished pieces in terms of expressiveness and creativity.
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