Monday, September 13, 2010

Road Tripping: Landscapes and Memories @ Kahwah Cafe South

The American Road Trip is a long-standing tradition among photographers, from Jackson, O'Sullivan and others to Ryan McGinley and  Robert Frank in between. Each photographer sees a different America. Nick Nicks started out with local landmarks, like in "Harold's Auto", which shows that dinosaur-shaped gas station building north of here. Another familiar landmark are the Hillsborough River 'rapids'. These photographs serve to heighten the contrast between the familiar and unfamiliar landscapes as Nick takes us West.

We can deduce his route from the landscapes and titles. "Delicate Arch", which is beautifully composed, is in Utah. Two photographs, "La Junta", and "Across T-10 Peaks, Telluride, Colorado" define the route, but also have very odd greenish tints and badly burnt out clouds.

Out of fifteen displayed photographs, six are of distant, majestic mountains or other rock formations. I remember Nick's "El Camino Seen" from the recent "Photo-Graphein" show at Vitale's gallery.

--- Luis

The show opened on Sept 7th. No closing date given. It may be seen at Kahwah Cafe South, @ 204 2nd Ave South. St Petersburg. Hours: M-F 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM. Sat -Sun 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Free.

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