|Double Vision: The Photography
of Melvin and Michael Nelson
February 5 - 28, 2008
|Photographers Melvin and
Michael Nelson, father and son, were the subject of a
moving and amusing exhibition. The aesthetic connection
between this father and son duo may not be apparent, but
the impact of the father's work on the son is
unmistakable. The exhibition allowed the viewer to
witness two distinct sensibilities expressed through
photography but with a different intent and style.
Melvin Nelson photographed his three sons as they grew
up in Illinois during the 50s and 60s. With the backdrop
of vacation destinations, such as Disneyland, these
images take on an additional historic significance.
Utilizing an instinctual gift for composition and an
intuitive use of equipment, Melvin Nelson created works
that might bring to mind the photographs of Diane Arbus
or Elliott Erwitt.
"There are reasons sons become photographers," said
Michael Nelson, and the inspiration generated by his
father's work laid a groundwork for his own development.
In contrast to the sometimes amusing work of his father,
Michael's photographs are cool and elegant images from
the series Floorwork, which he shot using a long
exposure to floor level, creating fluid effects similar
to those found in painting.
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