I recently received notice that one of my images from an ongoing series, “Burnt Offerings”, was accepted into “Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2014″, to be shown at The State Museum of Pennsylvania.
The 47th annual Art of the State is recognized as the official, statewide juried competition for Pennsylvania artists. Jurors selected artwork from 5 categories – Painting, Craft, Works on Paper, Photography and Sculpture. The exhibition includes 122 works of art by 114 artists from 30 counties. This year’s exhibit attracted 1,772 entries from 782 artists!
The exhibit opens to the public on Sunday, June 22, at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, with an artists’ reception on Saturday June 21st from 7-9 PM. It runs through Sept. 14, 2014.
“Burnt Offerings” is my new ongoing series of images of burned leaves. I’ve always been captivated by the beauty and variety of leaves. In photographing things that are “past their prime”, I work with the notion of finding beauty in things which are thought to no longer have any. In the fall, leaves are often burned to ash. I decided to burn some leaves to discover what would happen to them, and I found something amazing. Although rendered to near ash, they held their shape, albeit somewhat deformed, and are extremely fragile. Although devoid of color and nearly destroyed by the heat, I find them to be quite beautiful and almost metallic.
“Burnt Offerings #3″ by Harold Ross