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Photographer's Showcase: Colette Campbell-Jones -- Stories from Underground

The Photographer's Showcase is excited to introduce a portfolio from Colette Campbell-Jones:
Stories from Underground
Left In -- Colette Campbell Jones
Using a hybrid of film and digital processes, Campbell-Jones has created a cultural and psychological document of the vanishing coal mining communities of Southern Wales in her series Stories from Underground.  Calling her images "a fairy-tale reconstructed from an unbroken lineage of oral histories," Campbell-Jones's work is well-researched, taking into account historical legacy and modern global changes, but pushes further than basic documentation. These are complicated images -- dense in their visual symbolism and deeply thoughtful.

Histories -- Colette Campbell-Jones
The images are overwhelmingly dark, echoing the deep, endless darkness of a mine.  At times the darkness can feel foreboding, but Campbell-Jones's dream-like images are not a nightmare -- the density of blackness also holds the visual world in place, just as the mining industry has allowed for the development of strong communities. Creeping in from every corner, darkness conceals, but also focuses the viewer's attention to the lightness and subtle vibrancy of the people and community.

Colette Campbell-Jones was the winner of the Photographer's Showcase Award at PhotoAlliance Portfolio Review in 2009. 
Colette Campbell-Jones with her work at PhotoAlliance Portfolio Review 2009

View Colette Campbell-Jones's portfolio Stories from Underground on the Photographer's Showcase.

For more information please contact photo-eye Gallery Associate Director Anne Kelly by email or by calling the gallery at (505) 988-5152 x202

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