I first encountered the stunning photography of Christy Lee Rogers during the Spring Street Art Walk in L.A. a couple of years ago. She was showing her "Sirens" collection- massive ethereal photographs of women taken underwater, they were beautifully alluring and faintly terrifying at the same time. Sirens indeed, they drew a tremendous crowd of admirers and now Rogers' work is presented in eight galleries worldwide.
|Sackcloth and Ashes (Middle Panel)|
This month San Francisco finally gets to see her work- a moment I've been waiting for ever since that night in L.A., when the McLoughlin Gallery presents her new collection "Odyssey" this month, beginning Thursday, November 3rd. The panel above is from a triptych titled Sackcloth and Ashes, which promises to be one of the highlights of the show.
With light refraction as the technical foundation of her work, Rogers utilizes the phenomenon of light as it passes from the air, which has a lower optical density, into water, with a higher optical density, to capture in-camera images, without post-production manipulation.
|Upon the Cheek of Night|
Resembling Baroque paintings from another dimension, she's mastered the use of lighting to create beautiful chiaroscuro images.
Rogers, who splits her time between Hawaii (where she was born) and Los Angeles, will be in attendance on the opening night.The gallery is at 49 Geary St., open 10:30-6:00, Tues- Sat.