Archive for February 5, 2010

This Saturday, February 6: Closing Reception for “My Ranching Life” Exhibition by Jean Laughton

Photographer Jean Laughton’s journey from NYC to ranching in South Dakota is amazing!  Check out this exhibition, her website, the link to the magazine story on her, and if in the area, go to the closing reception!

Event: Closing Party for My Ranching Life exhibition, Photographs by Jean Laughton
Start Time: Saturday, February 6 at 1:00pm
End Time: Saturday, February 6 at 3:00pm
Where: Dahl Fine Arts Center – 713 7th Street Rapid City, South Dakota

From the Dahl Fine Arts Center Website:

“With My Ranching Life, photographer Jean Laughton brings panoramic images that capture both the expansive beauty of the northern prairie and the uniquely gritty, romantic lifestyle of the ranchers who live there. In her compositions, a realistic balance of work, land and livestock celebrate and explore how lifestyle is entwined with place.

Photographed from horseback, the black and white images also play with our idea of past and present in the contemporary documentation of an occupation that has remained virtually unchanged for one hundred years.

Jean Laughton’s photographs are testament to this artist’s singular drive and vision. Her unique approach to in this work is the result of an unusual, some might say courageous, decision to uproot herself from a life in New York City and re-locate to the badlands to work as a hand on a cattle ranch.

The depth of the artist’s involvement with both the occupation and the image is often evidenced by the inclusion of the ears of her horse or the shadow of herself and her camera.

Anyone that has ever admired the rugged life of a cowboy, found beauty in the sweeping prairies or noticed the simplistic elegance of black and white photography will enjoy this exhibit of large format photographic prints. Her visual images record what text cannot and though the people and times may change, her photographs will endure.”

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