“As the trends and movements in photography sway toward alternative techniques and digital imagery, my work captures the purity and natural beauty of the landscape on more traditional black and white or color film. I like to think that my photography displays the ‘artistic forms created by a landscape’ – the texture of the land and the tones and interplay of light in pristine environments.” – Gifford Ewing
Gifford Ewing has long captured in powerful and enigmatic ways the rural and urban landscapes of the American West, using traditional photographic techniques. So it is with Threshold, on exhibit at 1801 California. Yet, the rich tonality and shear size of his newer, larger format works transcend the limitations of scale and offer the viewer not just a window on the natural world, but a doorway. Before these works one feels as if they are standing on the precipice of reality, invited to step across the threshold and into the grandeur of the environment itself. Not to be outdone by the black and white imagery, smaller color photographs extend the same invitation through quiet or dramatic play of light and hue upon remote locations.
Curated by Andra Archer.
May 18 | 4:30 – 7:00 PM
ABOUT GIFFORD EWING
Gifford Ewing is a Denver-based photographer who specializes in fine-art black and white photography using a Deardorff field camera. “I enjoy the more traditional photographic methods in my work. They serve the purity and natural beauty of the landscape. I capture the majority of my images in black and white with a 5×7 Deardorff wooden field camera using the zone system for exposure. I develop and print all images using archival silver gelatin paper finishing them in selenium to bring out the richness and increase the archival qualities.”
Gifford has captured urban and natural landscapes, both nationally and internationally, concentrating on Maine and the American West. His photographic focus is on natural elements such as rock formations, water and snowy hills, alone or with man-made elements like boats, fences, buildings, even cityscapes. Through Gifford’s lens these images became peaceful, mysterious ad evocative.
His portfolio includes central grasslands and numerous National Parks, including Acadia, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Yellowstone, Great Sand Dunes, and Death Valley. He also documents urban landscapes and architecture throughout the Denver area including exclusive images of the Union Station transformation in July 2014.