(Photographs courtesy of: Bruna Stude) Photographs made from platinum/palladium on revere platinum paper
I recently went to the Honolulu Contemporary Art Museum and embarked on an unexpected [but pleasantly accepted] melancholy ocean adventure.
(Disclaimer: A lot of time I can’t really grasp what the art was trying to portray. Especially the really creepy, modern abstract art with pieces of things from around the yard and grocery store. Don’t get me wrong.. I think there is a time and place for art such as that. It’s just not for me. I’m also not much of an art critic. I went to a Picasso exhibit last year in San Francisco and got stuck with the “art experts” on my tail [tried to shake um but I couldn't] who thought they knew just about everything Picasso.. including what he ate for breakfast. Give me a break. With that being said.. I am no art whiz. I see it and appreciate it. Sometimes I get it, sometimes I don’t.)
Bruna Stude produces some of the most amazing images. Before I even read her proem I felt like I got it. I understood. I really felt a connection to her photographs. Spending most of her life by [and in] the sea she experienced a very intimate relationship with its colors and life. Now, the oceans life has taken somewhat of a stark turn. It’s life and future looking very bleak. And she was able to capture that in these images in a very moving way. There is something very beautiful about the dolefulness.. something beautiful in the idea. She has my attention.
Anyway, if you enjoy art and the sea I definitely suggest checking out her work. Especially in a museum/gallery setting where you have an opportunity to see it in wide, open area. It makes a world of difference.
And so I hope you can take these images and think of wide spaces and empty oceans.