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February 9, 2006 to April 1, 2006

Libby Saylor: Familiar Places

For the subject matter of her photographs, Libby Saylor reapproaches locations that she has become accustomed to viewing in a certain, and perhaps more comfortable, ways. Saylor’s old school parking lot, her boyfriend’s home in New Jersey, a vacation house at the beach, and even herown apartment are all the focus of her of photographs, yet resulting images are often less than recognizable.

Each abstracted image is a result of Saylor’s unique photographic technique in which the lens is disengaged from the body of the camera and turned backwards. Saylor adjusts the color and light with the lens to create the atmospheric affects that are evidenced in the final print. This process of detaching the lens is also symbolic for the artist. As Saylor states “…shooting backwards proves to work to my advantage. Not only am I able to gently detach emotionally, but I also come to view my subject matter in a way never obvious to me before. The plain familiar places hold fascinating enchantment that can only be unlocked by breaking a few rules, taking some chances, and having fun in the process.”

Saylor received a BA in photography from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia and recently had her first solo exhibition through the InLiquid Exhibition Series in Philadelphia. Other recent exhibitions include: FreeForm, Media Bureau Networks, Philadelphia; Abstractions, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA; Urban Cartography, DaVinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia; POV: Bring the World Into Focus, Artoconecto, Washington, D.C.; Portrait of My Mother. . .Things left Unsaid, Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA; and Faces of Woman, Las Vegas Arts Council, Las Vegas, NM. The was the recipient of the Leeway Foundation Window of Opportunity Grant in 2003 and her work has been published in F-Stop Magazine and the Washington Post.