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Lola Flash isn t someone who
stands out in a crowd. She s a
woman of medium height and
close cropped hair who hides her bright
eyes behind huge glasses.
Not so her portraits of people.
Flash, in Trinidad from July 27 to
August 18, as an artist in residence at
Alice Yard, will be pursuing three of her
portrait series over the next couple of
weeks and her shooting schedule seems
set to fill quickly.
Salt is a collection of environmental
portraits of iconic older women in their
homes. The photographer is looking for
subjects who are 70 and older who have
had a quiet impact on their respective
For [sur]mise, she hopes to connect
with, in the words of the Alice Yard
prospectus introducing her visit, "girls
who look like boys, straights who look
like gays and vice versa.
She also hopes to add work to her
[sur]passing series, which considers the
question of "pigmentocracy," a work she
describes as cathartic for a light-skinned
person who has had to answer the inter-
rogative, "Are you black? Are you
Flash, who has changed her name for-
mally and prefers not to get into the cir-
cumstances of it, works with a Toyo 4"x
5" camera and Fuji Provia film, illumi-
nating her work with strobe sources.
"Buying film and processing have both
provided challenges, but it doesn't dis-
suade me from shooting this format,"
The [sur]passing work fits squarely
into modern confrontational art portrai-
ture. Shot at close range with a normal
lens and framed to crop at the subject's
upper thigh, the subjects, set squarely
in the middle of the frame are surrounded
by backgrounds that drift at the bound-
ary of perception in the distance, unified
by a horizon line that bisects them all
at a point close to the middle of the
height of the image.
"I would love to do it at the Guggen-
heim, starting with the bottom with
lighter-skinned people and winding all
the way to the top with darker-skinned
people, subverting the traditional notions
of colour bias," Flash said during a talk
about her work at Alice Yard on July 30.
"The work, when mounted, matches
the horizon lines and it looks like all
these people inhabit the same world."
The [sur]mise series uses the same
cropping and framing technique but uses
a white background. Most of the subjects
wear stark black and the posing tends
to be more aggressive in these images,
but only subtly so.
Unsurprisingly, the photographer
began working almost immediately on
Salt, with several members of the audi-
ence posing leading questions about the
project during her talk.
It seems everybody's got a favourite
tanty who would be right for the portrait
project and nobody's shy about proposing
That's likely to dovetail neatly into the
motivations of Lola Flash in pursuing
the project. For her, family is important
and she still has fond memories of being
cared for by her grandparents.
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Since his death in 2011, Apple co-
founder Steve Jobs has been the
subject of documentaries, books, a film
and even a graphic novel.
Now the technology pioneer will be
the focus of an upcoming opera.
In front of the Sangre de Cristo
mountains in northern New Mexico,
the Santa Fe Opera announced
Wednesday that its latest commission
will be based on the man who helped
revolutionise personal computers, the
music business and, of course, brought
the world the iPhone.
The Revolution of Steve Jobs will
premiere during the company's 2017
season and will be written by
composer Mason Bates and librettist
Mark Campbell, opera leadership said.
According to the opera, the production
will examine Jobs facing his own
mortality and circles back to the
events and people in his past that
shaped and inspired him.
The move comes as New Mexico in
recent years has worked to honour its
connections to technology innovators
like Jobs and Microsoft founder Bill
Gates. For example, a Route 66 motor
lodge in Albuquerque where Bill Gates
and Paul Allen lived while launching
Microsoft Corp is being redeveloped
into apartments as part of a
neighbourhood revival project. (AP)
Santa Fe Opera to commission production on Steve Jobs
Excerpts from the Salt series. PHOTOS: LOLA FLASH
Lola Flash poses before a projection of images from her [sur]passing series. PHOTO: MARK LYNDERSAY
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