February 13–March 12, 2014
Reception: February 15 1:00PM–4:00PM
Keeble & Shuchat Gallery
Artist’s Statement: For over 25 years, Menlo Park photographer Richard Phillips has been venturing out after dark to capture the nocturnal landscape. He is inspired by film noir’s use of light and shadow to convey mood. Regarding the scenes he photographs as “movie sets,” Phillips leaves plot and actors to the viewer’s imagination.
A 1985 workshop in Seattle sparked his interest in night photography. On a field trip, photographing late in the day, he focused his lens on a neon sign — and was instantly hooked by the pure glowing colors. For the next 15 years, he sought out neon-lit scenes, some of which are included in this exhibition.
The black and white images shown here include more recent work, further exploring the power of light and shadow. Most of these photographs are from locations around the Bay Area.
Says Phillips “I hope that you will see how familiar and ordinary places are transformed when viewed in a different light – Night Light.”