Past and Future Focus
An exhibition featuring both historic film and contemporary digital photography from three local artists:
Tony Lazzari, David M. Parks, Karen Zink
Exhibition Dates: May 12th – June 22nd
Artist Reception June 1st, 5:00-8:00, kicking off First Friday’s in Littleton, Celebrating Arts, Culture and History
Having lived most of my life in the midwest I have taken advantage of a 2013 move to Colorado to explore the natural beauty of the great outdoors. While photography has always been an interest, it is only in the last several years that I have discovered the beauty and the craft -creating and capturing images.
Digital Photography, with an emphasis on landscapes and night time images, especially of the Milky Way. Recently I have begun working more with street/ urban photography and ﬁnd I am enjoying the creativity to be found in the format. Gear – Sony A7M2 along with my Sony A77. I use a variety of lenses, mostly Sony native. These are constantly changing. Occasionally you will ﬁnd an image taken from my Pixel2 as I explore the exploding potential of thee devices.
My images have been exhibited at the following galleries or shows:
• 2015 Commonweal Artists Co-op, Manitou Springs Co
• 2015 St Andrew UM, Highlands Ranch, Co
• 2016 The Studio at Gallery J, Denver, Co
• 2016 Lone Tree Public Library, Lone Tree, CO
• 2017, 2018 Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree, Co
• 2017 The Studio at Gallery J, Denver, Co – Cuba Exhibit
• 2017 St Andrew UM, Highlands Ranch, Co
• 2017 Accepted as a Portfolio Artist by the Roxborough Arts Council, Roxborough Arts Gallery.
• 2017 The Dark Room, Longmont, Co
• 2018 The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, West Branch, Ia
• 2018 ROXARTSGALLERY Aspen Grove Shopping Center, Littleton Co
• Additionally, selected Cuba/Viñales images are published in a Gallery Collection book • My images have also been included in private collections as well as commercial displays in Colorado, California, Oregon, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee, Missouri, Florida and New Jersey, South Carolina & New York
Born in California and moved to Denver at age 3. Grew up and stayed in Denver until leaving for four years in the U.S. Navy. Returned and started photographing and developing in 1977. Although his career path fell along the lines of Aviation, he ran parallel paths of interest by working his photography at the same time. He received two years of formal photography training at Metropolitan State College in Denver from 1980 to 1982. Thousands of images where taken roaming the alleys and streets of the Denver area during the period between 1977 and 1983 using, primarily, B&W film.
Mr. Parks has had exhibitions at Betts House in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2014 and The Carnegie Arts Center in Covington, Kentucky in 2015. He has also been selected to participate in juried shows at the Spark Gallery in Denver, Colorado in 2015 and the Littleton Museum Gallery in Littleton, Colorado in 2016. Also In 2016, he participated in the Cincinnati FotoFocus, a city wide celebration of photography.
The images that are presented here are from film canisters that were unintentionally stored for 35 years. They were discovered and processed in 2017. In all the time they were manufactured, they had 1/250th sec of light and then years of darkness. It is more than just seeing what time had done to the emulsion, but that the textures produced lend us to imagine that something is just not right with the world. The water and skies are electrified and objects seem to fly through the air. Humanity is gone. All that is left are the structures and tools.
Explaining my art is like trying to hold on to fog or a dream. I work in several areas of photography, some old processes, polaroid transfer, black and white, color, using different formats, now including digital. Even though there is a variety of subject matter, what I want to be doing in my work deals with an inner place. Many pieces have to do with how a woman is boxed or framed in by society’s and, perhaps her own, expectation. Other pieces in my work have a certain obvious spirituality, and some are meant to be consciousness raising. However, my goal is to call on the viewer to consider what the arrangements, still lifes, florals, collages, or my way of seeing even the outside and ordinary, brings to mind for them personally. I think that most of this work affects women more than men, which is one of my goals. I often describe what I do as creating inner landscapes, or personal stories, ones that we own ourselves, rather than documenting the external world.
A photo may begin with a conscious idea or story in mind , inspired by a word , phrase or song title…or not. More often I just begin, looking at things and letting the objects choose themselves. Frequently I am inspired by my dreams, and feel that my strongest work comes when the dreams and my inner world are active. This is when I feel myself continuing to grow, in my own consciousness and in the skill and technique needed to waken the inner self of the viewer. Then again, sometimes I just try and make something of beauty.