Up & Coming Weekly

November 02, 2021

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM NOVEMBER 3-9, 2021 UCW 13 muscular front legs of the dog are combined to create repeat- ing pairs of legs and feet, all related in some unknown way while individually anchored to their placement on the cement. In "ree Amigos", like the rest of the photographs in the exhibit, visitors will enjoy the ways in which Harding's keen or heightened sense of see- ing brings vision and states of mind to life through the pho- tographed image. She has successfully shared with us a way to see the world that we may have forgotten is possible. In "Sadie with Sunglasses", Harding has photographed a close-up of a young Sadie wearing a seemingly large pair of sunglasses. e face is relaxed and almost expres- sionless, the child's eyes are hidden. Details of the hair, sunglasses and gathered printed shirt contrast with an out-of-focused and mini- mal background. e smooth surface of the skin echoes the minimalism of the back- ground tone but is brighter - the smooth fullness of youth presents itself as a natural and emerging, volumetric form. Harding has only included black and white photos in the exhibit for several traditional reasons. Color can distract us from what the photograph is about. When you remove color the emphasis of an image shifts to other compositional elements like contrast, texture, lighting, and form. Viewers are no longer seeing something familiar in color, but a differ- ent version of reality. One in which black and white photography is more interpretative. Harding combines the above advantages of a black and white photograph with its other potential of seeming timelessness. By cropping the figures and often showing us only parts, she used fragments to suggest a larger story. In each photograph, we see how a story symbolically over- laps or unfolds into another one. Each picture is a fleeting memory, a momentary experi- ence. We can sense the lives of those in the photograph or remember our own lives as interconnected stories we may have taken for granted. Harding brings us back to those moments in time, pho- tograph by photograph. I am confident visitors to Beautiful Strangeness: Pho- tographs by Kyle Harding will leave the exhibit happier than when they arrived at Gallery 208. One cannot help but smile when we connect our- selves to innocence, joyful- ness, and hope. e public is invited to attend the opening of Beautiful Strangeness: Photographs by Kyle Harding on Nov. 9 at Gallery 208 be- tween 5:30 – 7 p.m. Gallery 208 is located at Up and Coming Weekly, 208 Rowan Street in Fayetteville, North Carolina. e exhibit will remain up until the end of December. Gallery hours are Monday – ursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For information call 910-484-6200. COVER STORY SONI MARTIN, Gallery 208 Curator. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200. "ree Amigos" features two children and one dog in the middle. (Photo by Kyle Harding) Kyle Harding is often inspired by her two daughters for her photogra- phy. (Photo by Kyle Harding)

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