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The Way We See It

Through the lenses of four photographers

The Way We See features four photographers - Dan Burkholder, Jill Skupin Burkholder, Mary Ann Glass and Christine Irvin. 

Dan Burkholder

Dan Burkholder is a pioneer teacher and mentor for thousands of photographers by bridging the worlds of classic photography with the evolving digital era. The photos in this exhibit show how brilliantly Dan utilizes the fine art potential of capturing his images with both the iPhone and his smaller micro 4/3 cameras and then developing the image with phone apps. Dan’s poetic images show the viewer a mystical, spiritual world.

Sad Iron Series

Drawing its title from both the primary material of WWI and the name of small kerosene stoves from the same era, Dan Burkholder presents iconic, hundred year old images in a dynamic presentation, mounting them inside actual artifacts of the day, trench lanterns, oven doors, railroad lanterns, kerosene Sad Iron heaters and various other vintage treasures.

This photographic memorial to WWI is the first project in which Dan Burkholder has integrated historic images. When the First World War broke out in Europe, photography itself was in a period of transition, moving from the glass, wet plate technologies that recorded America’s Civil War, to a photographic world of smaller cameras and flexible film stock. The camera’s subjects could be recorded in a less formal, more momentary way, capturing battlefield and behind-the-line images in new ways. Although color photography was present in rough forms prior to 1903, the Lumière brothers (Auguste and Louis) patented the process in 1903 and developed the first color film in 1907.  The French army was the primary source of color photos during the course of World War One, a fact driven home by the color images in the Sad Iron Project.

The First World War was a time when technologies and strategies from the past collided on the battlefield with modern killing machines and cruelly efficient fighting schemes. Horse drawn supply wagons fought alongside trench-crushing tanks. Machine guns and mustard gas rendered entire regions a no man’s land and a single day of fighting could claim more casualties than the U.S. endured during the entire Vietnam conflict. The Sad Iron Series serves as a reminder that all wars impose on the lives of every person enduring those difficult times and even the smallest household item carries the weight and presence of conflict.

Jill Skupin Burkholder

Jill Skupin Burkholder is a photographer/artist whose work includes traditional photography and photo images enhanced with cold wax, oil paint and beeswax. In the Hidden Worlds series, she set up a motion-sensitive trail camera in the Catskills to record the secret night worlds around us.

Each surveillance-style snapshot is mounted onto a wooden panel and coated with beeswax. These random compositions of nature seem to reveal a fairyland, an enchanted setting filled with light and spirit.

Mary Ann Glass and Christine Irvin

Mary Ann Glass, co-curator of Gallery 40, and Christine Irvin, President of the Stamford Art Association, joined the Burkholder trip to the Peloponnese area of Greece in May, and are presenting what caught their eye during those 10 days in Greece. Using only their iPhone cameras and apps, visiting the same places at the same times, the two women's photos demonstrate how we each inhabit our own world.

Mary Ann Glass
Christine Irvin
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