In the summer of 1922, Alfred Stieglitz began to take photographs of clouds, tilting his hand camera towards the sky to produce dizzying and abstract images of their ethereal forms. Stieglitz called these photographs Equivalents. More than describing the visible surfaces of things, the works could express pure emotion, paralleling the artist’s own inner state. I find my inner state reflected in the turbulence of rivers.
Guy Washburn became fascinated by photography at age five. While initially drawn to the social landscape, he later found deeper resonance in the natural landscape, especially that of New England where he has made his home.
Washburn’s images transport the viewer into a woodland realm where the mystery, grace and power of nature are revealed in the movement of the seasons and the constant flow of water. To view these images is to slip down an overlooked path, or arrive breathlessly at the top of a steep climb. Forgotten or ignored secrets are glimpsed. Stillness is witnessed and joined. The chaos of daily life is forgotten.
For years, Guy focused on black and white, but more recent influences of Asher Durand, Jackson Pollack, Eliot Porter and British landscape photographer Joe Cornish have sparked an expansion into color work.
Guy has studied with John Sexton, Michael A. Smith, Paula Chamlee, Craig Stevens, Cig Harvey and Stephen Johnson. He was part of a two person show at Gallery Seven in 2010 and has shown in juried exhibitions at the Cambridge Art Association (including an honorable mention in the fall 2018 show) and the Concord Art Association.
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