“Nothing Behind/Everything Ahead/As Is Ever So”
Sat., Sept. 5, 6-9 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 12-6 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m. Continues through Oct. 30 2015
After several successful solo shows at REM Gallery during past festivals, UK-born and San Antonio-based Tess Martinez may be a familiar face at Fotoseptiembre, but this year her focus is on “anonymity and ambiguity.”
Her latest work on display, “Nothing Behind/ Everything Ahead/As Is Ever So” turns her sitters away from the lens in a series of faceless portraits, leaving viewers to make assumptions about her subjects solely by the spaces they inhabit.
Each of the images is developed from a traditional silver gelatin darkroom process as part of a long-standing fascination with traditional photographic technique.
Since 2010, she’s shared this passion for tangible film handling with girls across San Antonio in her role as visual arts director at Providence Catholic School, teaching students in the same art of darkroom photography that she holds at the core of her vision.