Ransburg Gallery, Good Hall,
University of Indianapolis; through Oct. 14.
This show features the work of seven
Alliance photographers who focused their lenses on rural and small-town
Andy Chen says of his work here, "You can get
the outline of a thing by finding the edges." Accordingly, one of his
photographs focuses on the empty frame of a wooden roadside sign through which
you can see the words "Welcome to Thorntown" painted on a downtown building
From the edges, Thorntown looks like it has
seen better days. But in the 20-odd photos of Rich Phelan, attached to
strings with clothespins like bric-a-brac in a souvenir shop, you see the
citizens of Thorntown, Ind. enjoying life like anyone else. You see
motorcyclists revving up, plates of food from a local café - the kind of things
you might see in a publication by the local chamber of commerce.
These are professional quality photos,
but not really mind-blowing.
If you want mind-blowing, check out
Ginny Taylor Rosner's series of photographs entitled
"In Motion." In these photos, you see electricity-generating windmills studding
pancake-flat fields like New Age religious emblems. One photo, taken while the
sky was milky white, shows the white blades melting into the sky that turns