A few months have passed since VIUS moved into Paper Box Studios in Olde Kensington. We’re finally getting settled into our space and it’s starting to feel like home. Hanging art in our gallery, The White Space, marks the final stage of making Studio 407 at 1639 N Hancock the new home of VIUS.
We’re excited to announce the hanging of Brights, a photographic series by Jacqueline Horning of Jacqueline Horning Photography (JHP). The Brights series was shot in the neighborhood of Manayunk, near Jacqueline’s home. She put geographic parameters on the project intentionally to force her to slow down and see potential in previously overlooked locations.
Brights began as an observation of form and contrast and grew from there. In over-exposed highlights and over-saturated colors, this series is the artist’s unexpected contribution to the ongoing conversation regarding reality in editing.Scope the gallery below for a taste of Brights. Or stop by The White Space to see them for yourself. Brights will be hanging until early May.
An Interview With the Artist: Jacqueline Horning
“In general, I produce images that look like reality, like the original subject. In Brights, however, I wanted to embrace what is now possible in the digital world – our photos can now be abstractions of reality, and that’s fun too.”
VIUS : What inspires your art?
Jacqueline Horning: Inspiration…at times, it doesn’t take much! In landscapes, I find lines and textures interesting. I think Brights gives that away. In the course of day-to-day events I’ll notice great lighting, a telling expression, etc – these too are inspiration for working with people. Any time I stand at a horizon or see land stretching endlessly before me – that does something to me. At times, music or something I read provide inspiration. Like anyone else, certain things make us come alive and we show it in different ways. For me, my excitement comes out visually.
How did you get your start as a photographer?
I’ve carried around a camera for as long as I can remember. I got my start by taking rolls and rolls of really bad photos when I was younger. (Think too many photos from the car window on your family vacations.) Whether they liked it or not, I documented my high school and college friends on my old-time Canon AE-1.
The second part of the story: the beginnings of JHP occurred when a family friend called out of the blue and asked me to photograph his proposal. It was my first engagement session (and proposal – talk about pressure!) and we had a blast on a 90 degree day in June. Other friends asked for sessions when they saw the images, and before I knew it I had clients.
At the same time, a few commercial clients popped up. I helped a small business build their portfolio and became the resident photographer for the church I am a part of, Citylight Church. I still am grateful to have both aspects of JHP.
Who are your favorite photographers?
I have always appreciated Man Ray’s landscapes. His work was my first encounter to using lines and a minimalistic style in photos. Stieglitz is also a favorite artist and a person of interest – for his work and for his promotion of photography in the U.S.
I’m constantly finding contemporary photographers to look up to. So many people have great talent and are using it well.
With Brights, you’ve purposefully blown out the exposure. Where did this idea come from?
Good question. I don’t know! I tend to go for a lot of neutrals or really bold statements. “The End of the Road” was the original piece to the series, and I saw the industrial stairs against a wall of bright leaves. It just set the tone for the rest, I suppose!
What is your favorite place in Philadelphia to take pictures?
Hmm. Anywhere in Center City – I love urban settings. Rowhomes make my heart sing a little. Conversely, a setting like the Belmont Plateau or along the river allows me to be a minimalist again, so I enjoy that too.
Any big photographic plans for the next year? New projects?
Yes actually. Biggest project: a new website. I can’t wait. Be on the lookout for it in a few months!
Other photo projects: there are a few in the works but I’ll just name one for now. I’m working on a series on artists and entrepreneurs to honor work characterized by originality and heart. Stay tuned for more details! This will hopefully be a monthly post on the blog (and if you know someone who should be featured, let me know!).