Sunday, December 7, 2008
Todd Hido @ Stephen Wirtz Gallery
Todd Hido is another Bay Area photographer and this exhibit, A Road Divided, focused on landscapes. All the photographs appeared to be taken on the road and from inside a car. The weather is rainy or snowy in all of them and there is usually a mostly natural lanscape broken by the line of the road or telephone poles. But what made these images stand out is the painterly and cinematic quality of them created by blurred sections due to rain on glass (presumably the windshield). They are haunting and beautiful while feeling very contemporary. They appear to be manipulated, but, intriguingly, I could not tell what the manipulation might be, what was ‘natural’ and what created. You can see this collection on his site www.toddhido.com.