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Long View: “Symmetries” Captures 2010 Snowstorms in Photos

by Borderstan.com — January 24, 2011 at 10:00 am 0

Ernesto Santalla’s “Symmetries” is at Long View Gallery, 1234 9th Street NW. Click on the collage for the slide show from the opening-night reception on January 20. The exhibition runs through February 13. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez

The 2011 gallery season at Long View Gallery starts with a beautiful collection of images created by D.C. photographer Ernesto Santalla. “Symmetries” captures Washington’s heavy snow storms of February 2010 and Santalla’s images are turned into a kaleidoscope of views of the city creating unique pieces, almost like snowflakes.

From Long View:

“Ernesto Santalla’s photographs from his collage series uniquely document Washington’s record-breaking snows of 2010. With camera in hand, he trudged through the inhibited landscape and captured monotonous images from the storm. His shots were not wholly unlike the thousands of photographs many amateurs captured on their camera phones, but, according to Santalla, his otherwise ‘uneventful, uninspired and often mundane images evolve into fascinating kaleidoscopic photographs.’ Santalla’s process of repeating and mirroring images results in a view of our city, under the blanket of a blizzard, unlike anything you’ve seen before. The images that emerge from the process are images that speak to the viewer on an individual level, from the prurient to the metaphysical, similar to inkblots.”

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