“Autumn Impressions,” Ashland photographer Diana Standing’s exhibit at the Photographers Gallery at the Ashland Art Center opens on October 4th, the First Friday Art Walk, and continues for the month. Her exhibit is a tribute both to her favorite season, Autumn, and to some of her favorite painters of the impressionist and expressionist traditions. She uses a slow shutter speed, camera motion, rare light, and in some cases an occasional breeze to achieve the desired affect.
To Diana, there’s a unique quality to the light of Autumn, one that adds a profound depth and vibrancy to nature. It’s a season of many moods and constant motion, with bursts of color and abstract patterns, some bright, some brooding. It’s nature’s final gasp in all its glory as it fades into Winter. She hopes to have captured this layered atmosphere in her images, with its correspondences to our deeper senses.
Diana traveled to an exhibition in Barcelona, Spain, in 2017 where her series of four still life images were finalists in the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards. She exhibited along with 77 other women photographers from 15 different countries. She felt very fortunate to be among such a diverse, creative, and caring group of women. The trip was a reminder of the gifts the world and its people have to offer.