Steven Gelberg: Ruth Bernhard
Signed and dated verso. Ruth Bernhard is one of the last of the great twentieth century classic photographers; 99 years old in 2004, she lives in San Francisco. Steve Gelberg is a Bay Area photographer. From the artist's statement: 'For me, the pleasure of photography is in the pleasure of seeing, the experience of opening a more intuitive, patient, contemplative eye to the world. It's about flowing with the strange, synergistic relationship between quiet receptivity and probing curiosity. It is about appreciating the 'suchness' of things, as well as intuiting their symbolic resonances. Photography is, for me, the cultivation of a deeper seeing, and through deeper seeing, heightened awareness and emotion. It is about being surprised and delighted by the 'ten thousand things' (as the Taoists say) of the world, and cultivating a sense of wonder. It is both a spiritual discipline and a hedonistic surrender to the senses. It's about paying homage to the perceived object itself, and to the process of perception itself--allowing oneself to luxuriate in the visual pleasures of form, shape, line, texture, light and shadow.'
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