Pamela Daum: Moos Gallery Art Exhibit

The phrase, “a picture is worth a thousand words” rings more true with the ever-growing advancements in photographic technology. Capturing an image and immortalizing a brief second in time could never be summed up with our puny human vocabulary. Pamela Daum is a prime example of this impossibility, especially when trying to describe the softness and innocence of a picture. A photo is brought forth from something beautiful, and turned into something sombre, something ugly into something sympathetic. Her work captures nature in its peaceful form. The WRA community has been given the chance to see it somewhere live and intimate in the Moos Gallery.

She uses black-and-white infrared photography to bleach out superfluous colors and peel back distraction, leaving the canyons and rivers she favors in their purest form. The nominal details brought to the surface of her images could be attributed to expensive, high-quality cameras used in most nature documentation. But, the angle is all her own. She turns green leaves to starkly white and brings shadows to the center of our attention in a trick I can only believe to be annoyingly smart magic.

Pamela Daum began her career in 2007, and has taken a decade to perfect her style, until it is now recognizable within a hundred miles. As an artist, I have grudging respect and total jealousy. As a lover of art, I have total devotion and wide-eyed infatuation. Reborn in Florida made me homesick for my southern roots, for mesquite trees and flat planes and humidity. Life Is A Beach brought the smell of saltwater and smoothed seashells to my mind, of sand between my toes and white sundresses on pretty girls. Even if photography isn’t your forte, or you’ve never heard of Pamela Daum before, I highly recommend stopping by the Moos. Take a moment to forget about Reserve, and fall back in love with trees and the ocean, through the pictures that are worth a thousand words.

Harley Fisher ’19

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