“I came to Chicago via NYC to attend college, first passing through the steel mills of Gary, with flames of orange, spewing steam and smoke through smokestacks in a grey, somber night. This industrial landscape burned and resonated in my retina. I now had visual knowledge of the factories and steel mills I had read about. Imprinting on me its arrangement of cylinder, square and triangle, the shapes of an industrial revolution still laboring on but feeling forgotten.
Flames of orange, spewing steam and smoke through smokestacks in a grey, somber night
These landscapes are veiled because they have been with me since that first 4am ride to Chicago through a corridor that spoke to a past trying to stay present. The mills work at half capacity and though active they feel dead and grey, fading in to our past. I feel pulled here, fascinated by the shapes as if it were a walk in the woods. Fog is another veil that molds this landscape, a battling of past and present on a more personal level.
Fog is another veil that molds this landscape, a battling of past and present on a more personal level
Fog in the dictionary is defined as “a thick cloud of tiny water droplets suspended in the atmosphere that obscures or restricts visibility”. In photography fog is thought of as cloudiness that obscures the image. Psychologically, fog refers to something that confuses the thought process. But what if fog is thought of as something that reveals, that in our confusion, or struggle to make clear, we see something new.
But what if fog is thought of as something that reveals, that in our confusion, or struggle to make clear, we see something new
Photography for me has always been a process of discovery. A way of entering and engaging with the world, a visual dialectic between what is seen and what is not. Out of the fog something new emerges. The fog that obscures also creates.”
~ David Obermeyer
Opening this Friday, March 2 from 7 PM – 10 PM at AdventureLand Works on Paper is Veiled Landscapes By David Obermeyer.
1513 N Western Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622