[Press Release]

RELATIVITY: The dependence of various physical phenomena on relative motion of the observer and the observed objects, especially regarding the nature and behavior of light, space, time and gravity…

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art is pleased to announce Relativity, a new solo exhibition of large format silver gelatin photographs by artist Mike Basher. The artist reflects upon his profound regard for our environment. Engaging in form and emotion, this collection of photographs displays a definite subject in an obscure place, which speak directly to a broad audience. Merging photography and design, Basher carefully crafts these thought provoking vignettes on large sheets of black and white film, which deliver a richness and clarity to his works.

For the past sixteen years, Mike Basher has traveled the globe photographing campaigns for large corporations such as Under Armour, Reebok and The North Face, working with celebrities and athletes like Michael Phelps, Lindsey Vonn, and Andy Murray. This selection of his photography is the antithesis.

His inspiration for his work comes from the solitude of the outdoors. Mike’s sublime, minimalistic photographs take a look at scenes often visited by others, yet his approach in isolating subjects leaves the viewer to often question, and even disregard its whereabouts.

Working exclusively with large format black and white film, each image is carefully crafted-seen through the process of making a precise exposure, hand developing the negative, final printing and display. This involved, hands-on craft brings him close to his work. What the viewer sees is essentially an extension of his persona. Quiet and precise, yet bold.

The artist will be at the gallery located at 58 Broad Street for his exhibition opening. Friday, September 13th from 5:00 until 8:00 pm the reception will coincide with the Charleston Art Gallery Association Art Walk in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The exhibit will be on view through September 30th, 2019.