Zoë Zimmerman, one of a small group of local photographers whose work is in the photo-eye show “Local Eight,” has been taking pictures of her 14-year old daughter Camille Cooper for more than a decade. In her 2016 photo “Fledgling,” which is one of three photos by Zimmerman in the show, Camille sits in a box like a young bird, waiting to fly.
“As Camille has matured, we’ve collaborated on the composition of the photos,” explains Zimmerman, who lives in the Taos area. “Each image I take of her defines the emotional state of her age. She’s like a fledgling now, not quite ready to leave the nest.”
In “Local Eight,” which runs through April 22, photo-eye showcases the work of eight northern New Mexico photographers working in a diversity of styles.
Zimmerman, who started her career more than two decades ago as a large format landscape photographer, focuses much of her attention on the human figure. In contrast, Edward Ranney, a Santa Fe-based photographer, has been captivated by natural and man-altered landscapes for more than 40 years.
The exhibit also includes animal portraits by Santa Fe resident Brad Wilson. His detailed work, often shot on sets in other states, aims at showing similarities between species. Looking upward for inspiration is Laurie Tümer, an Espanola-based photographer who has a series of works devoted to clouds.
Photos by Steve Fitch, James Pitts, Jamey Stillings and Jo Whaley also are part of the show.
“Subject matter in the exhibition runs the gamut, covering topics such as climate change, dreams, American highway culture and landscape, all while expressing these ideas utilizing an impressive array of photographic materials,” says gallery director Anne Kelly.