My new art show begins the story of a time-traveling photographer who finds herself working for the famous French sculptor Auguste Rodin. "Rodin's Photographer" opens Friday, August 1, 2014 at the Hastings-Cone Gallery/Snapdragon Cafe located at 17817 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon Island, WA 98070. Please stop by the reception Friday, August 1, from 6-9 pm. The show runs through August 31.
After a trip to the Maryhill Museum of Art, which has a collection of Rodin sculptures, I became intrigued by the vintage photos of Rodin and how he used the new medium of photography to help create his art. He worked with many great pictorial photographers like Edward Steichen, Stephen Haweis and Henry Coles.
The question at the start of my new work was, "What would it have been like to be a photographer at the time when photography was brand new and work with an artist like Rodin?" The only way to answer it was to use my imagination, and research of course, to discover what experiences, insights and mystery "returned" with her. The long exposures needed to make images helps her capture what can't be seen by the human eye, making her one of the best spirit photographers of the Victorian era.
Besides taking photos of Rodin, his long-time companion Rose Beuret, and the models who posed for his sculptures Adam and Eve, "Rodin's Photographer" also brings back some souvenir portraits of some well-known artists who were also attracted to Rodin, like the poet Rainer Maria Rilke and dancer Loie Fuller.
Much support from the Vashon artist community helped in the creation of "Rodin's Photographer," including the opportunity to photograph scenes at Tesoro de Luz.
A little about me: Jenn Reidel is a conceptual artist whose narrative work combines her favorite mediums of photography, performance and writing. She earned a certificate in Fine Art Photography from the Photographic Center Northwest in 2000. Much of her 30-year-career/love of creating photos has been spent in black and white darkrooms, and she has experimented with many alternative processes such as cyanotypes, polaroid transfers, photo-etchings and encaustic transfers. Also a writer, her narrative work is inspired by dreams and personal myth, which she and models act out improv-style before the camera. She was awarded an Artist Trust GAP grant for her series, "In her dreams," and was represented for many years by Gallery 070 on Vashon Island. Her photographs are frequently published in "The Sun" magazine.
I volunteered to photograph Hestia Retreat's Women's Day of Wellness on Vashon Island. The day was radiant like the women who gathered to listen to speakers, learn massage, create art and more.
Hestia featured some of my photos in their blog at http://hestiaretreat.blogspot.com. Check out some of my favorites by clicking the photo below.
The Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber published my Welcome Vashon interview with Betsey Archambault, executive director of the DoVE Project.
"I love the wonderful work you’ve done on the website. Thanks! It looks great! Now, get to bed!" — Jim Diers, Neighbor Power
Jim Diers is a passionate about building community. He travels around the world telling stories about the projects (Fremont Troll, P-Patches and more) he helped organize while working for the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Now he is joining the World Wide Web community with his new website, neighbor power.org. I designed and developed the site in just two weeks time (yes, I did work late some nights), because Jim needed it done before he left on his Resurrection Tour, which is detailed in the WordPress blog I installed and customized for him to write about his travels.
"Looks awesome… you have a terrific eye and flair!" — Arlette Moody, Studio Bliss
I created the Vashon Theatre movie ad for Arlette Moody, owner of Studio Bliss. I photographed her in her studio in the fall. I said I wanted to bring the outside in. So we swung open her doors and created a warm, welcoming feel…just like her!
I have photographed the talented Vashon performers Arlette and Steffon Moody many times over the years. Click the photo below and see the Moodys when they sang together as the Irreverent Duet. The photos of them with the sheep were used for their CD "United Sheep." Other photos were used for publicity for performances or to get acting gigs.