|This image by Ben Rowland ’08 will be on display at the Brooklyn Artists Gym Gallery.|
| During winter break, Ben Rowland 08 traveled to Istanbul for a vacation with his cousins. A hobbyist photographer, he took several photographs. One of these has found a place in a New York gallery.
That image, titled, The Man and the Mosque, is now part of a group gallery show called: Look See: Photographs on Reflection at the Brooklyn Artists Gym (B.A.G) Gallery in Brooklyn. The opening is from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 24.
In Man and the Mosque Rowland captured a scene during a late-afternoon prayer time in the mosque. He wasnt allowed to take photographs, but Rowland decided to capture the moment anyway.
I put the camera on the floor and shot secretly, he explains. I took the shot on very long exposure 20 seconds I think, and as a result, the lights inside appear as stars, and everything is in focus because of the enormous depth of field. Also because of the long exposure, the viewer can see through the subject, except for at his knees and feet, which were still as he prayed.
This is Rowlands first time exhibiting his work in a major art gallery or in a juried show. Applicants were allowed to submit up to three images; however the B.A.G. jurors were extremely selective.
Once in the show, photographers have the option of putting a price tag on their work. Rowland, pictured at right, has already sold prints to parents of Wesleyan students privately, and is hoping to push more sales form his newly-created Web site.
Rowland, who is pursuing a degree from the College of Social Studies, is the photography editor this semester for the Wesleyan Argus. He attends performing art, sports and general campus events, watching them all behind a lens. Several of his Wesleyan photos are posted on his Web site at http://www.benrowlandphotography.com.
Hes also photographed several bands and concerts, scenes from his travels in Istanbul, America, England, France and The Netherlands, and has done artistic portraits.
The artistic ability to see interesting subjects behind the camera, however, comes natural for Rowland. He continues to experiment with different subjects.
In the past few months Ive been shooting, Ive gone through many stages and Ive watched and analyzed my progression, he says. I used to shoot only objects or things, and yet now Ive moved almost exclusively to using photography as an anthropological tool. I love studying people in their environments.
Rowland is still exploring what options to take after college, but he already has a few ideas in mind.
I would enjoying doing work for The New York Times, while still pursuing personal artistic endeavors, he says. I would love to photograph a rock band or a war.
The exhibit Look See: Photographs on Reflection will run from February 24 through March 4. BAG Gallery is located on the third floor of 168 7th Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
|By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor|