“Postcards from Paris” Art Opening at Wanderlife Gallery
South Philadelphia art gallery announces interactive exhibition of work by local photographer
February 8–March 2, 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 1, 2019—Wanderlife Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of work by Philadelphia photographer Christopher Santaniello. Presented will be photographs.
In addition, the exhibition will include antique typewriters from the artist’s collection. At the Gallery, visitors will be able to use a typewriter to add their own messages to postcard reproductions of photographs on display.
Santaniello is a freelance photographer with over 20 years of experience shooting events, portraits, real estate, photojournalism, weddings, travel, and artistic projects. His images have been published in newspapers, magazines, and various online media.
Regarding “Postcards from Paris”, Santaniello said, “As a freelance photographer working for clients, the goal is to deliver a technically solid image, therefore artistic expression usually takes a seat at the distant back. This requires a shooting style that is conservative, where creativity is expressed in the technical execution of the image, lighting troubleshooting, or adapting and improvising on the fly. I looked forward to an opportunity to use my 'mind's eye', to quote a phrase.
I had been ambivalent to the idea of Paris and went without knowing much about the city. I went open and willingly, but above all, prepared. The photographs taken during this trip gave me the opportunity to shoot in a less constrained manner. At first, I was intent on finding interesting images - as if I were on a job, but soon I began looking through the viewfinder with a different eye. It wasn't until I began working on the photos weeks later and converting some to B&W that I realized what was driving me. As much as I thought that I was immune, the city of Paris did indeed put its spell on me. I was seeing images as part of a continuum that reminded me of the photos I saw in books, long before I saved enough for a real camera. The timelessness of some scenes is contrasted by color photos of the moment, mainly in the vivid temporary street art. For this show, I put these two extremes together, the old and new coexisting, and the stories told recreate the enchantment I felt as I discovered the city.”
Wanderlife Gallery owner and curator Beth Dombkowski stated “I’m excited about this exhibit because it will introduce anyone who has or has not visited Paris to the city from the artist’s perspective, which contrasts preconceived ideas about timeless romanticism with the city’s contemporary cultural landscape. Visitors will be able to share their own impressions, or type “Postcards from Paris”, on typewriters provided.”
“Postcards from Paris” will be on view February 8 to March 2, 2019, at Wanderlife Gallery, 2231 South 13th Street (between Wolf & Daly Streets), Philadelphia, PA 19148. The Gallery is open Saturdays, 12:00 noon–5:00 p.m., and by appointment.
Opening Reception—Free and open to the public: Friday, February 8, 2019, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
This is the eighth exhibition presented by Wanderlife Gallery since it opened eight months ago in the Lower Moyamensing (LoMo) neighborhood of South Philadelphia. Wanderlife is an art gallery exhibiting work focusing on the concept of place—primarily works on paper, including photography, drawings, and prints.
Beth Dombkowski launched the Gallery in June 2018 with a show of her own work, “Poopface: Dogs of Philadelphia.” She is a graduate of Moore College of Art & Design and holds master’s degrees in Arts Administration from Drexel University and Creative Nonfiction from Cedar Crest College.
A woman-owned small business, the conveniently located 800-square-foot space is also available for rent. Visit https://wanderlife.world/ for more information.
Wanderlife Gallery, 2231 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148