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By Viridiana Gutiérrez Tejeda

“As a photographer, I’m always looking for what’s ‘not there.’  I try to see nuance and subtext and then explore it from every angle.  But perhaps more than that, my images are informed by my love of color, affinity for light and form, and a strong minimalist sensibility.  Surprising even to me is that these elements seem to appear as a cohesive thread in my work regardless of what I’m shooting.  My eye is unconscious and the camera simply records these sensibilities whether I’m shooting flowers, people, wildlife, or in this case, reflections.

Leah Feldon
Thu, Jul 30, 7pm
Bellas Artes
Hernández Macías 75

“The images in these reflections series were captured at various times in Mexico, America, and Europe, and to me inspire both inner and outer reflection. When I photograph water, the play of light and soft impressions cast such a strong spell on me I barely see the actual object creating the reflection; my world becomes painterly, more a reflection of my unconscious mind.  But strangely, even in cities—especially New York—where the surfaces are harder, the likeness more precise, and the unconscious leans toward the idea of shelter and the creatures living within, the power, mystery, and emotion of reflection is just as strong.  Both water and buildings take on a life of their own. Thanks to digital technology—which I continue to explore—I am able to pop colors and fine-tune the images to create an even more personal vision of the magic I see,” says Leah Feldon.

Leah Feldon has been involved in photography all her adult life, since studying photography in college. As a prominent New York fashion stylist, she fine-honed her skills working alongside such greats as Avedon, Arthur Elgort, Barbara Bordnick, Alberto Rizzo, Scavullo, Neal Barr, and countless others. She went on to exhibit her work at New York’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum and to create top-selling photographic greeting cards, before being sidetracked into the world of publishing and television.  With nine books, dozens of magazine articles, and many years as a television host, spokesperson, and reporter under her belt, she has happily returned to her first love, photography. Aside from New York, her work has been exhibited in Nashville and Mexico, and is currently featured in The Other Face of Mexico, a full-color art book commissioned by San Miguel’s Mask Museum.


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