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Child Face on display at McGuffey Art Center

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I am currently exhibiting a series of photographs as part of an art-science collaboration with Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D., and the Child Study Center at U.Va. The show will be up through Nov. 22nd at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville.

These pictures were originally made for a stimulus set intended for use in scientific studies. The children in these photographs exhibit specific combinations of muscle movements that are reliably characteristic of adult displays of emotion in empirical research.

Some expressions appear to transcend age, others inspire more questions: though it is easy—almost expected—to see a child expressing happiness, it is harder to observe the contradiction between the seemingly weathered intensity of negative expressions and the purity inherent in the facial characteristics of children. Do these expressions draw us in out of concern, or repel us by activating our own fears? Perhaps harder still is the observation of a child emoting nothing at all. What is going on behind those inscrutable faces?

For this series, I strove to highlight the range and complexity of human emotion, as well as the range and complexity inherent in our own responses to these expressions.

Child Face

Nov. 2nd-22nd

Opening Reception Nov. 6th, 5:30-7:30pm

McGuffey Art Center

201 2nd St. SW

Charlottesville, VA 22902

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November 4, 2009 at 4:17 am

Look3 in Charlottesville

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We are lucky enough to have a substantial amount of accomplished photographers in the Charlottesville area. Three years ago, a groups of them, including Nick Nichols and Jessica Nagle, began to put on Look3: the Festival of the Photograph, inviting dozens of well-known photographers to give talks, put up exhibits, and present slideshows of their work. Every year, the festival has been an inspirational event for me and many other photographers who come into town to see the show.

Below are some photos of a couple of my old friends from the Virginia Photography Club who came to see the festival! Good times.

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Andrea in my newly-created studio!

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Steve at Gilles Peress.

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Andrea being photographed by Steve.

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Sexy Steve Gong!

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Andrea with the “Trees” exhibit on display behind her – every year they hang giant photographs in the trees on the Downtown Mall. Nuts!

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Jessica at 6400 ISO!

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June 16, 2009 at 4:52 am

Foxhaven Farm show at the 12th St. Taphouse through June

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Foxhaven Farm is a place just outside the Charlottesville boundary to the west. It is one of the last farms in Albemarle county and its beauty is striking. When visiting UVa., Faulkner stayed there with his daughter.

The photos on display at 12th Street were taken in 2006 and 2007 during the fall and winter months. They have been framed in heart pine wood frames, reclaimed from an old barn near Norfolk, VA by a local woodworker.

The display will be up through the end of June, so if you’re in town for  Look3, the Festival of the Photograph, drop in to see it!

The full gallery, including prints for sale, may be viewed here.

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May 26, 2009 at 10:11 am

Child face exhibit to be shown at McGuffey

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I just got word that our child face exhibit was accepted for a fall 2009 show at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville!

For more details, click here. Contact us if your child would like to participate!

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April 9, 2009 at 7:07 am

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