The artwork by the students of a local art teacher, whose spouse took a workshop from me, just won a bunch of awards. He’s going to use this success to (attempt to) convince his spouse into buying Photoshop and Lightroom for him….
The photographic work of Stephen Chalmers recognizes the ubiquitous presence of popular photography in contemporary culture. By photographing psychologically charged spaces, Chalmers draws on the viewer's familiarity and desire for such imagery, while he coolly detaches such imagery from its popular tropes. By creating new conditions in which to experience seemingly familiar subject matter, Chalmers' photos take on a discursive character, examining the nature of representation.