Clifford Ross, a photographer new to me, hanging in Sonnabend. The scale is perhaps not as large as Esser (now all will have to be compared...), but the water, the detail of the water reminded me of the last show I saw of his on those very walls. These images are more turbulent, offering vivid illustrations of what weather is capable of doing to a body of water. In some shots there appears to be a sheer wall of water, like a cliff, with frill of foam. They are disturbing, but nonetheless soothing to see such power frozen. I wouldn't say they have the force of someone like Andreas Gursky, or Esser for that matter, but I enjoyed them. From the show catalog:
I re-entered the sea with my painter’s eye and a digital photographic system as my brush. The subject is the same, but my new approach has enabled me to capture more dramatic moments, and sweeping views, while revealing more intimate details – a curious dichotomy. The challenge was to shatter the tendency of digital photography to present itself as a remote, “clean” truth. I want my images to make a clear and powerful statement but end their dialogue with the viewer with a question – one which leaves the viewer with a sense of wonder – and a need to look at nature further on their own to find the answer.Up until December 19.