Art Opening: Robert Younger
Dust to Dust
May 5 – July 1, 2012
Despite a career outside of the visual arts, Robert Younger’s passion for large format photography has given him greater insight to the beauty of life. Working exclusively in 8”x10” large format photography, all the work of Dust to Dust is evidence of his deep appreciation for living in the moment.
Robert and his family survived the 2003 Cedar Fire but their dream home of seven months and all of their possessions were reduced to ashes and rubble, including his first camera and a lifetime of photographs. This experience transformed his approach to art making. He discovered the value of spending time with a subject, of developing an understanding of objects and their relationship to the world and to him.
The viewer experiences the passage of time through weathered manmade objects and abandoned environments. Extreme close-ups often make them unrecognizable to the viewer and reveal something new. These captured moments reflect Younger’s appreciation for change, decay and growth as natural processes, and his ability to find beauty in his subjects – even when they are on the verge of collapse.
Robert Younger has been evolving as a photographer since the mid 1960’s when he traded his grade-school Brownie Starmite for a 35mm rangefinder. Along with his tools, his choice of subject matter has also changed from dramatic landscapes to abstracted images. At an early age he was introduced to photography inGermany, and he continues to apply those lessons in his in-house darkroom. When he is not traveling for work or on a photography expedition with his large format camera, Robert and his family call theSan Diego’sEast County home.
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