“Something is wrong with this picture,” Sam Abell said to his audience on May 9, during the final Photographers’ Lecture Series of the 2012-11 season.
Projected on the screen in the darkened Dodge Room was a photograph of two coffee cups on a tray and a glass of water. What was wrong? The audience strained to see.
Then the next slide appeared. Abell had turned the handle of a coffee mug, ever so slightly, to create a sliver of space between it and the shadow cast by the water.
Such small details have obsessed Abell throughout his long and illustrious career as a documentary photographer and on in-depth projects for National Geographic. As he noted in his artist’s statement, Abell “explores ways in which places can be purely recorded, with images simultaneously shaped by the photographer’s imagination.”
National Geographic Photographer, Sam Abell will visit The Williston Northampton School on Wednesday, May 9 as the final photographer in the 2011-2012 Photographers’ Lecture Series.
Mr. Abell will teach an Advanced Photography class and give a lecture, which is open and free to the public, at 6:30 p.m. in the Dodge Room of the Reed Campus Center.
According to his website, Mr. Abell’s photographic life began at a very young age. In high school in Sylvania, OH and later at the University of Kentucky, he was the editor and photographer for the schools’ yearbooks.