St. Matthew's Cathedral Arts presents Roger Shackelford: "The Supernatural Among Us" opening reception
St. Matthew's Cathedral Arts will present Roger Shackelford: "The Supernatural Among Us." Shackelford's focus is creating or reenacting moments that suggest the supernatural among us. According to him, incredible peace and stillness have come over him even in the darkest of hours when he was left a quadriplegic by a rare spinal cord disorder. These images are an attempt to capture those events or relate the state of being that embodies them. Art is a shared experience, so at some level he hopes to relate to the human condition motivated by a sense of need for the transcendent.
The majority of his photographs are composed in-camera without Photoshop. They are not photo-composites. The artist shoots from two to eight exposures on a single frame of 120mm film using either an 80mm lens, handmade pinhole, or a combination of both. These combinations are like meditation in that Shackelford never sees the final image until the film is processed. In the meantime, he considers color, shape and form as he overlap exposures. Unlike a regular camera, one cannot look through the lens of a pinhole because it is a camera without a lens. Roger sometimes uses masks to cover portions of the 80mm lens as he juxtapose images in relation to one another in multiple exposures. The film negative allows him to shoot at different locations on different days as he combine images, unlike a digital camera. Shackelford uses this process to facilitate meditative or transcendent images that look familiar but are strange to the known or real world.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through October 31.