Beginning in October, the FAC was transformed into a fine art photo gallery as part of the Atlanta Celebrates Photography photo festival. Photography exhibits were set up in over 150 different venues throughout the Southeast as part of the festival, with Pace being the venue for two exhibits: “A Sense of Place: The SlowExposures Ten Year Retrospective,” which opened Oct. 1, and an exhibit by Pace’s own students and faculty, “India — The Golden Triangle,” opening Nov. 5.
The annual SlowExposures exhibit featured a compilation of ten years of some of the best photography, intended to “celebrate the contemporary rural South’s unique sense of place,” according to the Atlanta Celebrates Photography website. The exhibit began with a photograph by Pace parent Laura Noel, and continued down the FAC wall with photographs by various artists, including former ACP judge Gary Gruby. Mr. Dorman, a fan of Gary Gruby’s work, described his SlowExposures photo as having a “nebulous” appearance. “It’s as though he is made up of the same essence of the cloud,” he said.
The second exhibit opening Nov. 5 will display art photography taken during the Global Ed trip to India this past summer. “The poverty, the beauty, the complexity — everything about it was compelling,” Mr. Dorman enthused. This exhibit features photography by Mr. Dorman and seniors Caroline Herman and Katja Martin. The photographs are so-called “straight shots,” meaning no alternative methods were used when taking the photos. Although the group went on several game drives, most of the photographs feature people, not animals, a change from Mr. Dorman’s typical work. “It’s a culture based on relationships… There are so many people that that’s their entertainment — their connections with other people,” said Mr. Dorman. An unique aspect of Indian artwork is its geographic diversity within India. Mr. Dorman explained that the north, south, east, and west regions of India are home to “different societies, different traditions, and different cultures.” He said, “They all think of themselves as Indians, but it’s very different.”
Mr. Dorman encouraged students to view the exhibit as a piece of fine art, and not just a wall of pretty pictures. “You can’t just look at something and then say I like or I don’t like it without having reasons for why you like something,” he said. To thoroughly examine artwork, students must complete the five stages of artistic critique: describe, analyze, interpret, evaluate, and theorize. Mr. Dorman explained that taking these extra steps “enhances your appreciation and understanding of what someone has done.” Mr. Dorman stressed the importance of understanding photography even outside of an artistic setting. He said, “Art is visual communication, and photography is art, so photography is visual communication.”
By Suzanne Monyak, Editor-in-Chief ’13