The Big Picture Show: The Drama of Gesture

The Big Picture Show: The Drama of Gesture

Photography by J. Alexander Baker, III.


11am-6pm, Thursday-Sunday


Sunday, October 15, 5-7pm

This exhibition of large-scale monochromatic images contrasts the drama of gesture through both the unconscious body language of candid photography and the trained theatrical movements of dance performance.

The Shipboard Romance series was taken aboard a weeklong cruise on the Mercantile, a 1916 National Historic Landmark schooner berthed in Camden Harbor, ME. In the tradition of street photography, this series captures publicly performed, yet intimately private moments of emotion and engagement among crew members.

The Expressions of Dance series includes images from a somatic movement workshop at
Beavers-Berland Studio, Eclipse Mill, North Adams, MA as well as performance photography of student dancers at NYU Steinhardt. These images express symbolic gesture through frozen motion, shift of focus and cropped composition, using both theatrical and natural lighting effects.


Alex Baker is a fine art photographer based in the Berkshires.
His digitally manipulated color landscapes, and stark black and white figurative compositions are hallmarks of his work.

He spent 22 years as an actor, set and lighting designer, technical director and stage manager in film, television and regional theaters across the US. While working in show business, Alex did portraiture and portfolio photography for actors and models, as well as performance photography for the theater, dance and musicians. Alex’s experience as a stage lighting designer directly influences his compositional choices.
Baker attended the University of North Carolina, Theater Arts BFA program and has a BA in Theater Arts from Thomas Edison State University.