What would change if you could hear the subject of a photograph speak to you? If you could hear the wind moving through the trees in a landscape photograph? How would the world you see shift as it became a world you could hear?
See, Hear, Feel explores that idea through the work of two contemporary photographers, Debra Bloomfield and Christopher Churchill, who push the limits of their artistic practice and explore the dimension of sound. Bloomfield traverses existing wilderness spaces, her abstract images of the untamed intensified through the call of ravens or the crunch of boots in settled snow. Christopher Churchill explores a wilderness of a different kind, as he takes the viewer along a journey across the post 9/11 nation to discuss our changing ideas of faith. As we view compelling portraits, we listen to their subjects reveal to us what they believe. Featuring nearly 40 photographs with accompanying sound, these two seemingly divergent bodies of work will converge to create a sense of wonder about our world and ourselves: what we see, what we hear, and what we feel, in the public, wild places of landscape, and in the private, wild places of faith.
Left:Christopher Churchill, “Girl at Her Quinceañera, Toppenish, WA,” 2007, Gelatin silver print © Christopher Churchill. Middle:Christopher Churchill, “Two Hudderite Girls, Gildford, MT,” 2005, Gelatin silver print © Christopher Churchill. Right: Debra Bloomfield, Wilderness #02076-8-07, 2007, Archival pigment print © Debra Bloomfield
The exhibition is organized by the Center for Creative Photography and Phoenix Art Museum.