The Big Picture Show: The Drama of Gesture
Photography by J. Alexander Baker, III.
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.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
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.