SOUTHERN EXPOSURES Images from Mexico | by George T. Bujarski / May 1 - June 4, 2010
SHOW DESCRIPTION /
The images in this show are from a very particular part of Mexico, that of the small historic cities and towns of the interior. This setting provides a canvas of cobblestones, rich colors, and a sky at times so incredibly blue that it presents a new scale for what can be true.
But, except for sky and the absence of smog, it is not a perfect or pure world - there are signs of poverty, particularly in the tourist areas, there are signs of physical decay here and there, as if it didn't matter, and then too, the primitive tangle of overhead wires, everywhere.
Street colors are the counterpoint. For me, nothing comes close to the fearlessness and brashness with which Mexicans paint their buildings, the unexpected confrontations between pastels and primaries, the fusions of Ochres and Oranges, the almost infinite constellations of Greens and Blues. And each painted building propped against the clean sky.
The photographs capture bits and pieces of these colors, and then, inspired by the streets, move beyond.
** Artist's Note /
The images were all shot on slide film, with the slides scanned and the images put through Photoshop for the final digital printing. For the most part the only Photoshop adjustments made were to recapture the brightness and color intensity of the original slides. (With, however, the exception of the "Dark Market" photograph, where, sinner that I became, I used Photoshop to bring up images and color from an essentially black slide.)