November 2 - November 27, 2011
Two photographers present Conceptual Contrasts this month at the Loading Dock Gallery. Jack Holmes and John Wren work in the same medium but show us different worlds. Holmes’ lens takes us to far-flung locations. Wren’s camera brings us up close to the world of machines.
An enthusiastic traveler, Holmes has photographed on five of the world’s seven continents. He always enjoyed sharing the photos of his travels: “I was the National Geographic photographer for the family.” With clean composition and luminous color, he directs our eye to the story of the place. Intimate or panoramic, his photos make far-away locations feel immediate, wondrous.
Holmes is a self-taught photographer. He worked with film and slides for five decades. For the past five years, he has worked with digital photography and the possibilities provided by digital photo software. Holmes lives in Andover and has had a studio at Western Avenue Studios for five years.
Life in a decaying New England factory town did not offer Wren much in the line of a traditional arts environment. Instead, Wren explored his world with a cheap Polaroid camera. While stationed in Thailand with the Air Force, Wren gravitated to the base’s hobby shop darkroom. “I had no books, but followed what few instructions I could find taped to the walls.” For years after, Wren traveled, always shipping ahead a mobile photo lab.
Wren’s images reflect his “gear head” interests. His photos bristle with the metallic beauty of cars and aircraft. He says his photos often contain a story, but “it is up to you to find your own story within the image.”
Wren worked for Eastman Kodak for 20 years. Wren moved to Chelmsford twenty years ago. He currently works as a new media designer and technology instructor at UMass-Lowell, and is a member of Western Avenue Studios.
Conceptual Contrasts shows in the Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue, second floor of the A-Mill, from October 26 through November 27, 2011. A reception will be held Friday, November 4, 6:00-9:00 pm. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00am to 4:30pm. For information about the exhibit, visit theloadingdockgallery.com or call Maxine Farkas at 978-349-8069.