Raymond Meeks – Big Corral, August 2005, Montana


Raymond Meeks, Big Corral, August 2005, Montana
On view at Charles Hartman, SHINE: Winter Group Exhibition (January 2 – February 28, 2014)

Sometimes the night feels both intimate and vast. This is certainly true in Raymond Meeks’ small photo (8 1/2” x 5”), Big Corral, August 2005, Montana. Trees, two standing and one fallen, line three sides, while in the center there’s an entry to the deep vastness of the night sky, dotted with bright stars. It also strikes me as an experiment in seeing at night and a challenge to the viewer: stop and look awhile and see what you can see. At first the photo appears uniformly dark and impenetrable, but as you spend some time with it details and contrasts snap into focus. I’m not sure how the photo was made, but it looks old – silvery and gray and small. And there’s something refreshing about that and the way it beckons you closer to look and be illuminated by its many shades of gray.


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