Stanford Art Spaces
November 21, 2003 to January 22, 2004, the Stanford Art Spaces exhibit is:

Three Photographers

Sandra Chandler
Jeffrey Davis
Marie-Jo Mont-Reynaud

from Venice Carnevale © 2003

from Path of Discovery © 2003

from People of Haiti © 2003

This exhibit is located on the Stanford University campus in the Center for Integrated Systems (CIS). The building is open 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. A directory is available at the CIS reception desk.

Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or
Sandra Chandler: “Venice Carnevale

Harlequin © 2003

Gossamer © 2003

As a budding photographer, my greatest hope is to capture the essence of that special place, that special person and that special fleeting moment. I am entranced by the exuberance of color; the excitement of shape and form that, when combined with color, help make up the drama of the moment. The world is a kaleidoscope; surrounding us daily with color not seen by most of us. Travel puts us in a new place with a fresh viewpoint. I want my photography to capture and enhance this. Places, emotions and cultures in a photograph take on deeper meanings with rich color. I want to portray the mood of the color and that ‘slice of time’. Whether quietly monochromatic or loud and gaudy, I want color to capture the mood. I delight in sights of abstract color that appeal and strike the imagination. My personal vision is satisfied when I select carefully the color and composition and combine it with my personal style of organizing chaos into simplicity and clarity.

Venice, Italy is one of the most picturesque cities in the world, and as a backdrop, Carnevale is shown as a vivid, vibrant colorful dream. The excitement of this ten-day celebration is all part of a spectacular journey. It was my dream to photograph Venice’s Carnival and to capture the spirit of the magic and excitement of this real life fantasy. I want my photographs poised between abstraction and realism, creating a colorful explosion, an intense and sensual fantasy of that special place, person and fleeting moment.

Jeffrey Davis: “Path of Discovery

Dead Flei, Namibia © 2003

Young Monk, Bhutan © 2003

Dunes at Sunset, Namibia © 2003

Life often feels like a dance between powerful, opposing forces – trusting and resisting, exploring and protecting, believing and doubting, seeing and feeling fully and remaining partially blind and numb. Travel is a gift on this journey, a catalyst for reflection and learning, a source of growth and companionship. So often, my interaction with diverse groups of people from different cultures has challenged, reinforced, and reshaped my perspective and beliefs. I find much that inspires and teaches me in different regions of the world – richness and spiritual wealth in the midst of material poverty, community and family bonds that flourish despite individual and collective struggles, simple, yet powerful innovation and commitment that overcomes hardship, faith that stands firm in the face of persecution, joy that shines in the midst of harsh conditions and inequities, natural beauty that withstands our assault. I am grateful for these moments in my life, for the many ways that travel has helped me see and feel with “new eyes” and connect with my own spirit, a global community, and the precious earth. The images in this exhibit reflect my recent experience in Africa, Asia, South America, and other regions of the world.

Marie-Jo Mont-Reynaud: “People of Haiti

Fete Mango Girl © 2003

Laugh © 2003

The Haitian saying goes, Dèyè mòn, gen mòn – “Behind mountains there are more mountains.” My favorite photo from Haiti, like this Creole proverb, has several layers of meaning. At first glance, two children appear to gaze peacefully upon the vast Haitian countryside, an infinite space of possibilities. But I look at this photo through a darker lens, because I spent three summers in Haiti documenting peasants’ lives through photography. Because I lived with these children, Destin and Jezilen, I know that they face an unforgiving landscape of insurmountable hills and future obstacles. In this photo, Destin and Jezilen are not just standing on the edge of the mountain; they are living on the edge. The photos I have taken and the interviews I have conducted in Haiti explore these conditions.

I began studying Haiti and Haitian history as a sophomore in high school. My research inspired me to visit the country and meet the people. Since that first time, the summer of 2000, I have been fascinated by trying to understand the challenges facing Haiti and how people in the rural areas struggle with them. My photography, and recently videography, is part of my effort to understand, document, and share what I learn about Haiti and its people.

Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or
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