PHILADELPHIA, PA.-William Way Art Gallery is pleased to present, EVIDENCE: New photographs by Natalie McDonald, Ellen Rosenberg, & Rachelle Lee Smith a photography exhibit by three female Philadelphia photographers.
The exhibit is open to the public in the lobby of the William Way Community Center, Monday Friday 9:00 a.m. 10:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Natalie McDonald photographs urban and small town landscapes and its people, relying on natural light, shadow and graffiti to capture lonely, pensive scenes of modern American life. McDonald is a writer and photographer based in Philadelphia. She has exhibited her paintings in group and solo shows. In recent years, the artist began exploring photography as a way to document urban life.
Ellen Rosenbergs photographs examine a relatively invisible subculture, bodybuilding. The audience is exposed to a world of highly defined muscles, and gender bending ambiguity. Body builders blur the lines of gender. Rosenberg shoots on black and white negative film. To maintain the natural aspect of her work, she pushes 400 speed film to allow the required light to reflect on the muscles and enhance the contrast. The photographs are taken during competitions on stage and do not involve any formal posing or special lighting.
The photos exhibited by Rachelle Lee Smith are from her series - Pride/Prejudice: Voices of GLBT Youth. Youth from across the country were photographed and asked to share their voice, opinions and comments about their experience as GLBT. Each subject handwrites, in permanent marker, directly on Smiths carefully crafted photographs. In their own words and handwriting, the youth share their stories creating a very intimate and personal view on what its like to be a GLBT person today.
The William Way Community Center is a non-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization serving the LGBT Communities of Greater Philadelphia. www.waygay.org.