My series Fleeting Glimpses honors departed friends who have come into my life for a time and then moved on.
My camera focuses briefly on its subject as the person moves across the field of vision. Only a small part is in focus; the rest is blurred and almost transparent, a metaphor for our friends’ presence in our lives. Some of the images, very abstract, are nearly impossible to decode, representing how hard it can be to make sense of what life is about.
I reference Sonia Delaunay in having a feeling of movement accented by bright, vivid color. In my work, as in Delaunay’s Orphism movement, light is decomposed and color influences an observer’s emotion.
Much of this color comes from the subjects’ bright workout clothes. When I made these images, I wanted color and movement to capture their feelings of joy and exhilaration as my way of expressing the happiness my friends have brought me.
In “Fleeting Glimpses,” Andrea Rosenthal uses movement and vivid color to honor her friends’ presence in her life.
Rosenthal’s photographs have been exhibited in solo and featured shows at the Davis Orton Gallery; Griffin Museum of Photography (reviewed/ illustrated in Boston Globe); Newbury College Gallery; Brookline Arts Center (Brookline, MA); Gallery of Village Arts (Bellingham, WA); and Calumet Photographic (Cambridge, MA). Her work has appeared in numerous juried exhibitions, most recently, Cambridge Art Association’s “Twelfth National Prize Show;” “Photography Now” at the South Shore Art Center; the 2012 National Exhibition at the Griffin Museum; and “Photobook 2011” at the Davis-Orton Gallery (Hudson, NY).
Awards and honors include a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council; Award of Merit, “Media Mix — National Juried Exhibition,” South Shore Art Center (Cohasset, MA); and Honorable Mentions, International Photography Awards (Lucies), 2005 and 2004. She has been named a Visiting Research Associate at the Women’s Studies Research Center of Brandeis University (Waltham, MA).
Her book “Stations of the Scale: A Photographic Memory About Food and Suffering” (Lulu) was published in 2010. Rosenthal conceived of and curated “Women 360,” an exhibition that featured the work of eight artists in a range of media at the South Shore Art Association. She judged the Joan Johnson Scholarship Award at the Griffin Museum from 2009 to 2013. Her work is in the collections of the Center for Fine Art Photography, Workmen’s Circle, and the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Oslo, Norway.
Rosenthal has studied photography in workshops at Rochester Institute of Technology, the Photographic Resource Center, New England School of Photography, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and Atelier at Radcliffe College, Lesley University, and the Griffin Museum. She also studied privately with John Paul Caponigro. She holds degrees from Barnard College, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
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