Thomas Kalb photographs at Spring Street
Tom Kalb is presenting his black and white silver gelatin prints at the Spring Street Gallery, with an reception open to the public on Saturday, July 6 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The exhibit, titled “What I really meant to see,” includes images from The Maze, the network of meandering woodland and shoreline trails down Corn Neck. Kalb works entirely with film, not digital processing, relying on an old Pentax 6x7 medium format camera to produce 120mm negatives that he develops in his attic on Block Island. He then spent a big chunk of the past winter in the darkroom facilities at the International Center of Photography in New York to create the final images.
By being in control of the image-making process from exposure, development, print and toning treatments, Kalb said he hopes to shepherd and nurture the mood and experience of his dawn and early evening walks through the serene landscape when the light is dappled and low.
Each of the technical choices made along the way toward producing these images were made with the hope to preserve a tonal softness and ethereal texture to match that mood. The final product offers a dreamlike quality and may suggest a biomorphism that is not entirely unintended. The frames were stained and finished by the artist to harmonize the gentle mid-tonal hue of the prints.
A catalog accompanies the exhibit, with image duotone reproductions and interspersed essays that muse on the creative notions that propelled the work.
More information can be found at springstreetgallery.com.