Photographers' Works Share Vision

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Photographers' Works Share Vision


Shaw, Kurt, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


The exhibit "Continuum" at Silver Eye Center for Photography features two bodies of work -- Doug DuBois' "My Last Day at Seventeen" and "Aaron Blum's Born and Raised" -- that are somewhat similar, at least upon first perusal, and it's not coincidental.

DuBois, an internationally renowned photographer and associate professor at Syracuse University, was Blum's instructor while Blum was a graduate student.

"The idea of bringing together the two bodies of work was really born from the idea of bringing Doug and I back together to speak about our relationship as student and mentor," says Blum, who now is an adjunct photography instructor at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Filmmakers and West Virginia University. "Doug was one of my professors at Syracuse University, and he had a significant role in my growth as an artist/photographer. That idea, in a nutshell, is what the exhibition is about."

Blum says the exhibit also comments on the similarities and differences between the techniques they employ. "We essentially both shoot with the same cameras, and we share similar opinions of what makes a good image, aesthetically and conceptually.

"Being taught by Doug, in a way, gives me an insight in how to be 'Doug-esque' when I need to be," Blum says. "My work has that unsettling edge and a visual beauty that his does, or at least I hope it does. I feel like a lot of the artistic decisions I make are not conscious decisions but just reactions, and that comes from the way I was taught/mentored. From that instruction, I understand that is just the way photography is supposed to be; there is no alternative. Because of that mentality, our work will always be connected in some way."

This is the first time that "My Last Day at Seventeen" has been exhibited outside of Ireland. The body of work was made over the past four summers in which DuBois traveled to Ireland to photograph kids coming of age in a housing estate in Cobh, County Cork, on the southwest coast.

"I was there in 2009," DuBois says. "2009 was the beginning of a sharp economic downturn."

Of the 15 works on display, a real standout is "Lenny," which is the first image DuBois shot of the series. Shortly after meeting a group of teens, he was introduced to Lenny by Kevin and Eirn, two kids from a group interested in photography that he met with twice a week during an artists residency in Cobh.

"They took me to 'The Steps,' which at that time was a popular drinking spot for kids, and that's where (I got) the idea to photograph these kids.

"His only option is to get out of Ireland," DuBois says about Lenny and the moment he took the photograph. "Right now, he's 15 and drunk."

"Jordon Up the Pole" is an image DuBois took in a housing project called Russell Heights that Kevin and Eirn also took him to. …

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