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I had a wonderful reception in Santa Fe, NM for my new exhibit – INVISIBLE LIGHT: The World in Infrared. The room was packed for over two hours. I was so glad to see many good friends and gratified that the Santa Fe community came out in droves. Of course, it helped to have fellow Santa Fean photographers, Janet Russek & Alan Perlman, also exhibiting their wonderful images. I can happily say that the Verve Gallery (the best in the world) and I have had many sales and I hope they will continue throughout its run (ending November 2nd) and beyond. Cheers and a toast to the Love of Art! (and thanks to Yuko Hirao for making most of the images)
Please visit The Verve Gallery of Photography to peruse the images
and here’s an interview Janet Russek and I did for Arts Beat KVSF 101.5 Santa Fe
and here is an article in the SantaFean Pasatiempo
I’m excited to announce my new exhibit: INVISIBLE LIGHT: THE WORLD IN INFRARED opening today!
I can’t say strongly enough how much I appreciate working with the Verve Gallery of Photography. They are the best!
I hope you will be able to see the show in person, as prints are best seen on paper glory. However, if that isn’t possible, I hope you will take a look at the 32 images online.
NEVADA WIER – Invisible Light: The World in Infrared
September 6 – November 2, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, September 27, 2013, 5–7 p.m.
Nevada Wier, a Santa Fe resident, is an award-winning photographer and instructor specializing in capturing images from the remotest corners of the globe and the cultures that inhabit them. Her journeys have taken her throughout Southeast Asia; to India, China, Nepal and Central Mongolia; and to New Zealand and South America.
Nevada has had two previous exhibitions here at VERVE Gallery: A Nomadic Vision: 25 Years in January 2008. Her first show was a retrospective of her first 25 years as a photographer. Her Outer India exhibition in 2010 focused on images of the cultures found in the remote areas at India’s borders.
Nevada brings a completely novel perspective in her images from this new body of work, Invisible Light: The World in Infrared. This is how she describes the work:
“Our visual familiarity with the world we live in is limited to colors in the visible spectrum. Beyond what our eyes can see lies the iridescent world of the infrared (IR) spectrum. Six years ago I began exploring the challenge of making the invisible visible: photographing unusual places using the unusual, haunting light of infrared. The resulting photographs are truly images in a different light.
I started in photography with a Deardorf large format camera and a black & white darkroom. I loved the alchemy of watching a print emerge in a tray of liquid emitting vapors of toxic fumes. It was, and must still be, simply magic.
However, once I began color photography and realized that it was my natural affinity, I left the wet darkroom behind. Perfecting the art of exposing for the limited dynamic range of transparencies consummed me; adding the distraction of color mystified me.
Yet, I never made color prints. I hated limited range of glossy or matte papers. I despised Cibachrome and other color printing processing; not even the complicated dye transfer process held my interest. My prints were from the four-color process of magazines and books. Then Arthur Meyerson had an exhibit of digital prints in Santa Fe (I can’t remember the year) and I knew a color printing revolution was amassing.
I tried working with various companies (Mac Holbert at Nash Editions is a genius) but realized that I needed to take control of the printing process myself. So I now have THE GRAYROOM, instead of The Darkroom (yes, the walls are 18% gray) and my own Epson and HP printers.
I had my first major show January of 2008 at the Verve Gallery in Santa Fe (see past posts) with over 50 images printed on a Epson 7800 (24″) and an HP Designjet 44″ Z3100 using Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Bright White paper.
This summer I am printing for a new show, tentatively titled Outer India, to be hung at the Verve Gallery July 2010. Not only do I have a new printer — HP 44″ Designjet Z3200 (I bought it instead of the Epson 9900 which did not have the shadow detail that I crave), but I wanted a new paper with a greater D-Max. I am printing images in a different style with more de-saturated colors and deeper blacks. The rag papers with matte Ink give me the feel I want but not the deep, deep black tones. Picking a paper is very personal; it has to feel and look right to whomever is printing.
I researched the current fine-art gloss papers which have a “rag” feel and picked 5 papers: Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta, Ilford Galerie Gold Fiber Silk, Innova FibaPrint Ultra Smooth Gloss, Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Pearl, and Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper. Unfortunately I have not been able to get a profile for the Exhibition Fiber Paper (and I probably would have nixed it anyway since it only comes in sheets).
I printed out test sheets of various images on the four remaining papers. I don’t like the texture of the Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Pearl so it was nixed. I loved the whiteness of the Innova paper, but it was too blue/white (and I should stay away from OBA whiteners for archival purposes). Ultimately, it was a tough choice between the Ilford and Hahnemuhle Baryta papers. However, Hahnemuhle Photo Rag has consistently been a great paper for me so I decided to stay with the brand. The luscious Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta won my confidence and heart (until a better paper comes my way).
Note: I get my papers from www.shadesofpaper.com Contact: Erik Mateer
© nevada wier. India, Nagaland. At the border.
I had a magnificent opening last Friday night at the Verve Gallery http://www.santafephotogallery.com. Over 350 people attended; a new benchmark for Verve openings. Saturday over 120 people attended a one hour gallery talk. The show is up until March 8th, I hope all of you can visit at some point. Happy Trails! nevada
my wonderful assistant, Brenda (left),who helped so much with “sculpting” the prints in Photoshop.
Articles about Nevada Wier and the gallery show in the local Santa Fe papers:
A Photographic Exhibition Presented By http://www.santafephotogallery.com/verve.php in Santa Fe, New Mexico
A Nomadic Vision: 25 Years
Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 2008, 5-7pm
Exhibit is on view through Saturday, March 8, 2008
Gallery Talk: Saturday, January 26, 2008, 2-3pm
Visit Nevada Wier’s website: www.nevadawier.com