“Emigrant Lake: Photographs by Jeff
Through Feb. 4
Eye Center for Photography
1015 E. Carson St.
After a hiatus for renovations, the Silver Eye Center for
Photography has reopened with new and absorbing perspectives
The gallery opened its first exhibition since renovations
finished with “Emigrant Lake: Photographs by Jeff Krolick.”
The exhibit, which runs though Feb. 4, is a showcase of Silver
Eye’s fellowship contest winner, Krolick.
The annual contest pulled 264 submissions from Silver Eye
members, from whom Krolick was selected by Lesley Martin of
Aperture magazine as the best of all the entrants.
Krolick, of Ashland, Ore., centered his showcase on the
surreal beauty of Emigrant Lake in his home state during the
Consisting of 22 square-framed color landscapes, Krolick’s
untitled works embody a reflection on the beauty of nature
that takes on an abstract quality.
Most of the images feature an ensemble of entangled bushes,
puddles, tall grass and weeds, resulting in a variety of
Several of the photographs present a gray-and-brown
portrait of barren foliage with sparse patterns of color
dispersed throughout. These resonate a muted feeling of beauty
and solitude expressed by winter.
Others offer the brighter and more colorful designs that
can appear in winter. Melted puddles in the middle of a field
of yellow grass present very welcoming aspects of Emigrant
There is more to the exhibit than just the beauty of
nature; as a photographer, Krolick is able to capture the
scenery in such a way as to almost obscure it.
“These images are not landscapes in the traditional sense,
but rather appropriations of the textures, colors and shapes
of the winter season from a unique local,” Krolick said of his
Often, his pictures with the richest textures look like
abstract painting at first sight, recalling, and maybe even
invoking, the vibrant paintings of Jackson Pollock.
Along with Krolick’s entries, there are 10 works from 10
photographers who received honorable mentions for their
entries in the competition.
Of particular mention is Rania Matar’s “Passages from the
Koran,” a black-and-white, meticulously composed portrait of a
woman holding a handwritten page of the Koran.
Another image, Jessica Todd Harper’s “Becky with Zephyr and
Christopher,” is an inviting scene of a couple and their dog
lounging at home taken with an almost surreal quality.
Works from two Silver Eye members are also on display in
the gallery. Richard Stoner’s “Slick Water, Slack Water”
features black-and-white ponds and John Chakeres’ “La Paz”
consists of a collection of shots from the Mexican town of the
Jeff Krolick’s photographs of Emigrant Lake function as
both a celebration of nature and a source of inspiration for
his more surreal imagery. Krolick’s intriguing perspective
offers a unique insight into the ability of art to demonstrate
that nature, too, can seem abstract.