Clay Harmon Photographer: Strangely Familiar – the magic of light, lens and process

DeSantos Gallery Presents: Clay Harmon

WHAT: Clay Harmon: Strangely Familiar – the magic of light, lens and process

WHEN: September 3, 2005 – October 1, 2005

WHERE: Saturday September 3, 2005 FROM 6:30 -8:30 PM at DeSantos Gallery

Houston TX June 2005 – Houston photographer Clay Harmon shares his fascination with the way in which the photographic frame, the lens and the process combine to see the world in his De Santos Gallery (1724-B Richmond) exhibition “Strangely Familiar – the magic of light, lens and process” Thursday September 1st – Saturday October 1st. An opening reception with a brief discussion with Harmon will be held Thursday September 1st from 6:30 – 8:30pm.
The alchemy that occurs at the momentary intersection of light, lens and location is heightened by this photography artist during the printing process revealing a mysterious transformation of otherwise ordinary and banal places. “My thought on this exhibition is to show the differences and similarities between these various modes of using the camera, and how they are all more similar to each other than they are to our perception,” Harmon said.
The images in this show are all printed using hand coated platinum-palladium or platinum-palladium-gum printing techniques. “The printing processes are difficult to master, time-consuming and sometimes fraught with failure.” Harmon added. “However, they allow me to make the images the way I like them to look.”
The images were made with cameras of all sorts – ultra-large format view cameras, fifteen dollar plastic-lensed cameras and traditional 35mm cameras.