Neil Folberg: Olive Tree, Israel
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A deep, richly toned print from a digitally manipulated negative. From Neil Folberg's "Celestial Nights" series.
From New York Times, Sunday, November 3, 2002: Neil Folberg: Celestial Nights Candace Perich Gallery, Katonah Through Nov. 13
The current show at Candace Perich gallery should not be missed. Covering the walls are the black and white photographs of Neil Folberg, a photographer who recreates the visceral sensation of walking around the countryside at night: conveying that moment when your body becomes extra sensitive to the soft sounds and movements.
Mr. Folberg's concept is simple, but achieving his vision is time-consuming and difficult. To get that magical combination of a starry night with a detialed representation of the earth, he combines digitally, two separate black and white negatives: one of the sky, the other the immediate landscape.
In "Steps" (1998) Mr. Folberg combines a twinkling black night sky with a nocturnal view of an ancient dwelling. The result looks like a film set for a biblical story. "Cactus" (1997) is pure magic. It portrays the time when one's eyes adjust to the conditions of the night, when the subtle , gradual changes in light and shadow come to the fore. It is about that moment when you feel as if you are seeing, for the first time, beyond the distraction of loud colors and flashy forms. "Forest" (1999) and "Danela" (2000) present the earth as heaven, a place where fairies live. In "Ballistra" (2000), the area that represents the earth is staged. The rocks that look at first to be garganutan are grape and fist size. In fact, the smaller orb is a slingshot stone that is thousands of years old, made to look large by the close-up, worm's eye view of the photograph.
"As a Dove" (1999) is the lone straight photograph, unmanipulated and printed from one negative. It is of a dark, daytime sky, where the partially obscured sun presents its light, reflecting off the sea as a winged, dove-like form.
Keywords: desert; sky; night; tree; moon; surreal ssal OVRLK
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- Width: 10.5 inches
- Height: 8 inches
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- toned gelatin silver print