The Ultra-Large Format Photography of Shaun Irving
Windmills Near Mota Del Cuervo, 2005. 42"x96",
Silver Gelatin Print.
On exhibit at Hampden-Sydney's Atkinson Museum from January 13 through February 28 is the ultra-large format photography of Shaun Irving, H-SC Class of 1997, Landscapes in a Truck. Although Irving has shown internationally, this is the U.S. debut of his work, an emotionally raw, primitive perspective to the world of modern art photography.
Born in Farmville, Irving had little formal art training outside of a few classes. His career as a photographer began with a primitive camera built out of a USPS box truck. What began as a quirky side project quickly bloomed into an impressive body of work, with an international solo show at one of Europe's premier photography festivals in Madrid, Spain.
Says Irving, "Simply put, I take photos with cameras built out of delivery trucks. But there's much more to the story than that. I literally put myself into my work. I make my exposures from inside the camera. I cut and develop every negative by hand. At the end of the day, I'm lucky if I have four shots to show for my effort."
"I've learned that I'm not the real decision maker in this process. In the end, it's Mother Nature who decides when and where I shoot. That's part of the challenge and the beauty of shooting with the camera truck."
Irving and his work have been featured in a number of international media outlets including the Discovery Channel, Wired magazine, El Mundo, El Pais, and HBO-Latin America. He was the subject of Landscapes in a Truck, an art film/documentary chronicling his 2006 photographic tour of Spain.
An art discussion is scheduled for Thursday, January 22, 4 PM, at Atkinson Museum, and an artist reception will be held on Saturday, January 24, at 4:30 PM. The community is welcome.