Posted on 06 May 2010.
By Maggie Wilson
Jack Barnwell/ Staff Photo
The student portfolio show ranges from Asiatic prints to distressed photos of family. This show is wonderful in its variety and splendorous in its passion for glances at what it is to be human.
Angel Carmona, a student in both the photography and gallery classes, shows me around the show.
“This guy’s something else,” Angel says as we look at the first of the works — a set of four trees with Buddha superimposed on each. In the center are four frames with Buddha, a decorated prayer shawl and a sacred place. The prints, like the bulk of the show, are monochromatic. The show is in the Chabot Art Gallereyopening May 12th from 6pm to 9pm and closing May 26th. It is refreshing to the eye when a splash of hand colored work is seen.
As I travel through the show, the nude female forms sticks out like a beacon. The forms were photographed by Emily Kiyomi Manson, a woman with an interest in many areas of photography.
“She’s young and does black and white with some digital photography mixed in,” says Christie Delgado, another photo major with two and a half years experience in photography. Manson just started doing nudes, and these pictures were her third visit to Glen Cook’s studio.
“They are a series. How I put it together just flows,” she says. “I love the curves of the body so beautiful and smooth.”
Manson will graduate in May with her A.A. in photography. “My younger friends come up to me and ask my about photography, I think they have fallen in love with it too.”
Christine Delgado’s set of distressed photos hangs like a rainy day. She said her intent for these works was to start out
“Originally I wanted to do a constriction. I have someone in a bodice and my dad with his head? wrapped up. Due to a lack of model and lack of time half or more is just random things,” She says with a satisfied smile.
Her work is visually enticing with a touch of drama and mystery.
She said the work that meant the most to her was “the one of my brother he’s just standing there leaning against a brick wall. Any time I take one of him it’s important. He’s the one who pushed me to start.”
She looks at the picture with pride. “This picture is the first and the one that inspires me.”
Her love for photography has encouraged her to major in it. This show is serious with a flash of color. Carmona walks over to his work of Alcatraz that is gritty. One is of the ways to get off the island: mental, roof or death. Pointing to the one next to his triptych he says “this one is of the kitchen, what I like best about it is that it is where a prisoner would get his food” He points to the bars “it’s from the prisoner’s perspective.” There is a serious tone to this show with glimpses of light.