Colombian photographer Ignacio Umana debuted his MFA thesis for San Francisco to feel. Focusing on the smaller aspects of life, his show could easily be the medicine we’ve all been looking for.
“Quietness” is a project created by Colombian photographer, Ignacio
Umana, during his tenure at San Francisco were he graduated from an MFA
in Photography at the Academy of Art University. The project was born
out of the necessity to find a place that had a meditative quality to
quiet down his impulsive nature and sometimes neurotic character. The
place that presented this traits for him was Ocean Beach, where he
regularly went to find peace of mind and inspiration.
He decided to shoot the project with a large format camera with 4x5 color film, which tuned in with the overall concept of the project of slowing down to achieve an inner balance and quietness. Ignacio took only one photo every time he went to Ocean Beach, always from the exact same position - 37º45’31’’ N - 122º30’39’’ W - and maintaining the horizon line in the middle. All the images of the project are long exposures given by the time it took him to achieve calmness during the day of the shot. The whole of the images can be seen as a typology of his experiences of calmness and also interpreted as self portraits of his states of mind each day.
And after this Presidential election, we could all use some calmness, no?
// Atelier Galley, 79 New Montgomery, SoMa, academygalleries.com