"Beyond the Image" at Kean University, Union, New Jersey

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  1. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
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    Mill Street Salon: Beyond The Image at Kean University Galleries
    by john m flores, on Flickr

    "Beyond the Image" presents the work of nine New Jersey based photographers who are committed to pursuing universal themes of the human experience in their art. For some, inspiration comes from internal quests to understand relationships and intimacy. Others find inspiration in external stimuli, by documenting what they see in the social and cultural landscape, exploring the character of people and places beyond what is familiar. Others meditate on their reverence for the natural world and express that with their photographs. These are important stories to tell that may enlighten, stimulate, provoke or entertain the viewer. Raj Aitwal, Ethan Feinsod , Alex Fernandez, John Michael Flores, Sandy Noble, Walter Oliver, Mike Peters, Alan Schindler, and Bruce White.

    "Beyond the Image" is part of an ongoing series of biennial shows at Kean University’s Karl and Helen Burger Gallery titled the Garden Statement, which intends to address the idea of regionalism — however paradoxically, as it can no longer be neatly defined by traditional physical limits."

    Neil Tetkowski
    Director of University Galleries
    Kean University

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1478159819134351/

    I am thrilled and honored (and to be honest, a touch nervous) to be in this show with such fine photographers. What started as a loose group of motorcycle/photography friends (many in the group ride motorcycles–go figure!) has been meeting regularly for nearly two years because each of us wanted to move our photography forward and were looking for a constructive venue to do so. At each meeting, we share photos from our projects in progress, talk about new projects, provide thoughtful critiques of individual photos and projects, and discuss photography's ever-changing place within the larger social context. I can't speak for everyone in the Salon, but sharing photos and ideas with this group of working pros and accomplished personal photographers is my MFA and I'm a better photographer for it.

    For this show, I'm stepping away from motorcycle travel photography and have been working on ideas related to the intersection between man and nature, some more abstract, some more realistic.

    I'm as excited as anyone to see the photos and projects that we've discussed for months in our meetings on test prints and laptop screens finally printed, mounted, and presented as finished pieces. There are really strong images here covering several different genre, and if you enjoy engaging, captivating, thought-provoking photography, you won't be disappointed.
    Hope to see you all there.
     
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  2. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Very cool. I'd be nervous as hell. But then I'm not as talented...
     
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  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I think you holding your camera in the photo makes you look the most badass in the group. :thumbup: Also, you have 3 names. I would only be nervous about the guy who used his middle initial.

    But seriously, most of the hard work is over. Now you should enjoy the fruits of your labors. Looking forward to seeing some photos from the opening. Congrats!
     
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  4. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Very, very cool, John. Hope it goes really well!
     
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  5. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 SC Top Veteran

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    Jul 21, 2012
    NJ, USA
    Ed
    John- congrats! Keane is just down the Parkway from where I live so I will make sure to see it. I'll pass along as well to members of the NJ Photo Forum, who I am sure will be interested.

    Ed
     
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  6. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    wow, that's really cool! Congrats! New Jersey is just a bit too far from my place to visit, but if the photos are ever put online, I'd love to see them!
     
  7. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    ^ ditto would love a peek

    but Who took the group photo?
     
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  8. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    That's great John. Think how intimidated they'll be when they find out you're a member of this forum. :cool:
     
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  9. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    Thanks for the kind words, all! Photo credit is given to the whole group since the camera is on a tripod but we all had our opinions on how the shot should be taken LOL.

    I'm a bit nervous because I've done a silly thing and ventured out of my photography comfort zone–motorcycles and cats–to try my hand at something different–landscapes, of a sort. I'm getting 3 large 20"x30" standouts printed by White House Custom Color. They should be here next week.

    If the other photographers are willing, I'll be happy to post and share in some way. Some of the work is already floating around online. Mike Peters' photos for the show will come from this collection - http://www.mikepeters-photography.com/Category/Dont-Walk-42nd-and-8th/ Many if not all of these shots were taken with his Panasonic GH3/GH4.

    And the camera I'm holding in the photo is the Pentax K-01, which doesn't just make me a badass, but a badass with three names.
     
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  10. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Rajiv
    Brilliant! This is too cool John. Just don't mention newcameranews.com or they'll know you for the lunatic you are.
     
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  11. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    Well the opening reception was a smash hit yesterday. The gallery was filled, with people spilling out into the hallway.

    I had three photos in the show, each 20" x 30" standouts from White House Custom Color. I was a bit nervous because I'd never printed this large before* but White House Custom Color did a great job, sending me free test prints and helping me get the files just right. Here are drafts of the final photos from my Flickr.

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    Our Indomitable Will
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    Our Insatiable Appetite
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    Our Mastery of the Elements
    by john m flores, on Flickr

    Overall, it was a great experience, and being part of the Mill Street Salon has helped me grow as a photographer.

    John_DSF3523.
    Photo of me by Sandy Noble.


    If you're in the area, I highly recommend stopping by. The show runs through 2015 Feb 12

    And here's some shots of the gallery before the opening:

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    Mill Street Salon: Beyond the Image show at the Karl & Helen Burger Gallery, Kean University, NJ USA
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    Mill Street Salon: Beyond the Image show at the Karl & Helen Burger Gallery, Kean University, NJ USA
    by john m flores, on Flickr

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    Mill Street Salon: Beyond the Image show at the Karl & Helen Burger Gallery, Kean University, NJ USA
    by john m flores, on Flickr

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    Mill Street Salon: Beyond the Image show at the Karl & Helen Burger Gallery, Kean University, NJ USA
    by john m flores, on Flickr

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    Mill Street Salon: Beyond the Image show at the Karl & Helen Burger Gallery, Kean University, NJ USA
    by john m flores, on Flickr


    *that's not entirely true as I had a photo used as a background for a trade show booth, but that's a different thing altogether.
     
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  12. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Looks really good, John!

    You can't beat the feeling of seeing an image printed out large for the first time.
     
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  13. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    olli
    Congratulations. Best wishes with the show. The images are wonderful. I think the third one is particularly striking but they are all excellent. I hope you'll continue with the project and show us more.
     
  14. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Great news - glad the show was a hit!
     
  15. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    For sure. And some images really need to be seen at the size they were originally envisioned to be. One of the other photographers had a photo of a man walking along a sidewalk where the adjacent wall was painted with a mural. Beyond was a busy rail yard. At small scale it didn't say much but when presented big....wow.

    Thanks! I have other concepts in the planning/experimental phase. I hope to incorporate people in the next series.

    The best moment for me was when I got into a ten minute debate with a guy (an aerial photographer) about the rock quarry photo. We had very different opinions but I said to him, "He listen, I'm glad that we're having this conversation and that my photo elicited such a response." The fact that someone would react enough to one of my photos to want to debate the message is worth more than a hundred "great photo!" comments.
     
  16. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    John Flores is a true Renaissance Man. His interests and skills are wide and deep: Photography. Motorcycling. Computers. And Lord knows what else. He's livin' large and lovin' life. :wink:
     
  17. jloden

    jloden SC Veteran

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    Jun 30, 2012
    Jay
    This is really cool John, congratulations! I didn't see this thread until now but I would love to come see the exhibit :2thumbs:
     
  18. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    Thx!

    If anyone plans on stopping by let me know. Maybe we can have a little meetup and I can give you a tour of the show.
     
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