“In silence and movement you can show the reflections of people.” ~ Marcel Marceau
Jean Ross is fascinated with the relationship of people to place. Traveling behind the lens, she captures the simple spontaneity of human joy expressed in gestures of everyday living. The images in this show were taken in and around Salvador de Bahia,Brazilin December, 2010. They are striking in their contrast between the humble surroundings of the residents and their intense vitality of life, captured exquisitely by Ms. Ross in these black and white images.
“A number of these photographs,” explains Ms. Ross, “were taken at an abandoned chocolate factory and a rural squatters’ camp, each of which serve as home to a number of families.” Particularly striking to the viewer is that these people, whose lives would be considered below the poverty line by most standards, veritably jump from their frames with joie de vivre. They exemplify the advice of Hunter S. Thompson, “Life should not be journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a ride!’” What a gift Jean Ross gives us, incarnating the joy and vitality of these Brazilians, with their Candomble and their omnipresent sea, palpably filling Gallery 1855 with their spirit as if they were physically present among us.
You are warmly invited to the opening reception on January 8, 2011 from 1 – 4 PM; admission is free. Indulge in a bit of Brazilian abandon, meet Jean Ross, tuck in a tasty treat or two, and top off the afternoon with a stroll through our sumptuous grounds. Gallery 1855 is located in the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road, at the corner of Pole Line and E. 8th St. in Davis. For more information, please see www.daviscemetery.org or call (530) 756-7807.