Indianapolis Art Center
The kind of long exposure times that Chicago-based Xavier Nuez uses in his film photography leaves him exposed to danger as he travels to various cities in the U.S. and Canada trying to capture the beauty he sees in run-down urban environments. Photographers like Nuez are something of an endangered species, not necessarily because they are taking outrageous risks, but because the film they use may no longer be in production next year—or next week, for that matter. (Consequently Nuez has a 10-year supply of his favorite film stashed in his freezer.) But in capturing the image "Alley no. 10 Compactor," which he shot in an industrial area of Eastside Indy at night, he was definitely taking a risk by unknowingly being in a gang-controlled area. Inevitably, he found himself surrounded by gang members. For the full story of how Nuez talked himself out of this situation, visit http://www.nuez.com/nggallery/page-909/page/114/. It's something of a miracle, all things considered, that Nuez walked away with this stunning image of a glowing red trash compactor against a blue-lit wall. Such vividly-colored images are achieved with the help of battery-powered lighting equipment and colored gels, in addition to the long—and sometimes dangerous—exposures. Through August 1; 317-255-2464; www.indplsartcenter.org.