Photographs by Dennis Lodes and Brad Miller
Nov. 30 – Dec. 2
Vantage Points: Photographs by Dennis Lodes and Brad Miller
November 30 – December 2
Opening reception: November 30, 6 – 9 pm
Gallery hours: December 1, 1 – 4 pm; December 2, 12 – 3 pm
Piedmont Center for the Arts is pleased to present Vantage Points: Photographs by Dennis Lodes and Brad Miller, an exhibition curated by Reagan Louie.
The exhibition features Lodes’ and Miller’s recent photographs, which explore the Bay Area’s architecture and iconic structures and their influence on our lives and imagination.
Dennis Lodes maintains two photographic practices: An architectural photography practice and his own creative photography work. The two inform and inspire each other. Lodes’ personal work combines architecture and street life. In Body Lines, Lodes reveals how the environment imposes itself on us, as the subject walks down a flight of stairs, the body’s movementis dictated by the stairs. Oppositely, in his project A to Z, Lodes explores how people interact with their environment, in this case through naming a place and in doing so making it their own. For Lodes, photographing in black and white, imparts a feeling of the grit and unfiltered serendipity of everyday life.
Brad Miller, a Bay Area native, began photographing landscapes as a child on family vacations in Yosemite. Over the years his photography has deepened his experiences of the places he loves. One of those places is the Golden Gate Bridge. When Miller began photographing the bridge, he knew he had to avoid cliché postcard views, in order to discover something deeper about this icon. His large-scale color photographs show the bridge’s many dimensions, it’s impact on the landscape and on people’s lives. Miller devised a rigorous structure, modeled after the famous Japanese artist Hokusai’s series: 36 Views of Mt. Fuji. In homage to Hokusai, Miller titled his project: 36 Views of the Golden Gate Bridge. From long to close-up views, his photographs invite the viewer to reflect on their own relationship to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Dennis Lodes is based in Moraga. He specializes in architectural photography, both residential and commercial. He also does occasional portrait and studio photography. This is the first exhibition of his personal work. Website: www.dennislodes.com
Brad Miller lives and works in Marin. His photographs have been published in magazines and exhibited, most recently at the Toad Fish Gallery in Sausalito. During the day, he works as a developer and property manager. Website: www.bradmillerphoto.com
Reagan Louie is a photographer and a professor of art at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Piedmont Center for the Arts
801 Magnolia Avenue
Piedmont, CA 94611