Chicago Photography Collective Hosts September Show: Liese Ricketts and Beth Rooney

On Display at 108 N. State Street, September 6-29, 2012

WHAT: The Chicago Photography Collective (CPC) is hosting a exhibit throughout the month of September which places a special focus on two members of the collective, Liese Ricketts and Beth Rooney.

Liese Ricketts statement:

The human face has infinite fascination for me. Although in life we observe a face, with its fugitive identity momentarily, we are allowed through the photograph to scrutinize expression and gesture in a way normal human interaction does not allow. This series is titled 13, as I photographed 13-year olds whom I taught over a five-year period. I only imaged my students during the school day when we both had a moment free to relate to each other in the environment we share. “Why thirteen?” you may ask. Perhaps it is because thirteen was a magical time in my life. I was so excited to be a new teenager, an age group with cult-like status. I was happy to be at the top of the middle school heap. Everything seemed possible.

For over thirty years I have taught photography to students who are thirteen to eighteen years old. Each year I age; the faces of those before me remain young. I am amazed at the striking and radical change between 8th grade and freshman year. Each year I observe the changes that happen with their bodies, attitudes, and abilities. The freshness, openness, and translucency of my young students’ faces soon change to something else.

Beth Rooney statement:

The junior high years are pivotal in forming identity; whether positive or negative this time period evokes a strong emotional response in all of us. These images at Wellston Middle School (WMS) in Wellston, Ohio reflects the universals of junior high while still capturing the essence of the specific location, Appalachia. It also shows that the nature of this time in their lives is more dictated by their emotional turmoil and social tensions, rather than practical issues. I was trying to capture the tension in the space between childhood and becoming a teen.

WHO: The CPC is a group of over 30 established photographers whose methods and subject matter run the photographic gamut: digital and film, inkjet and silver prints, black & white and color, portraits, street photography, abstracts, landscapes, documentary, portraiture and experimental genres.

WHEN: Opening reception will be held Thursday, September 6, 2012 5-8pm

WHERE: 108 N. State Street
(just inside the Block 37 building entrance, adjacent to the Disney Store)
Show runs Thursday, September 6 – Saturday, September 29, 2012
Gallery Hours: 11:30am to 5:30pm, Wednesday-Saturday

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