David S. Allee "Dark Day"

Morgan Lehman Gallery

poster for David S. Allee "Dark Day"

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Allee derived the name of this series, and its theme, from the manner in which he captured the images. In much of his earlier work, he photographed locations at night with intense artificial light and extremely long exposures, catching unreal landscapes in a nether time somewhere between night and day. For Dark Day, he did the opposite. The images for this series were shot on bright sunny days, using tiny apertures and the highest shutter speeds possible, with exposures reaching 1/10,000th of a second. This work captures the texture of the sun's brightest reflections by letting as little light as possible into the camera, enabling us to see something we wouldn't normally be able to see-a kind of dog-whistle light that leaves everything else in the photographs underexposed and dark.

In this series, the light re-imagines many different structures and places in the cityscape. In 4:02PM, for example, the sun's intense reflection on an aboveground subway car filled with commuters re-imagines this everyday scene with an unusual opacity and unexpected starkness. Additionally, a number of the images are of glass office buildings, which capture and provide the bursts of blinding light that move and flash across the skyline throughout a sunny day. The light doesn't penetrate them, nor does it illuminate- for our purposes anyway- the veiled things that go on inside the subjects here; such places as the World Financial Center, Trump International Hotel, and the headquarters of Goldman Sachs and Citigroup.



from January 06, 2011 to February 19, 2011

Opening Reception on 2011-01-06 from 18:00 to 20:00


David S. Allee

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