Samuel Spear Jr.’s Photography Is Featured At Arts Warehouse On First Friday Art Walk, February 5

Samuel Spear, Jr. shares his photography as a Featured Artist at the Arts Warehouse in Delray Beach, FL. His exhibit, “Reflections” is available NOW and will be a focal stop on Friday, February 5 as part of the First Friday Art Walk.  Samuel’s love and range of travel gives him a different perspective than a typical tourist. Over time, his traveling and many photographs from each trip evolved into street photography.  What captures his eye is a fascinating insight into every-day life not only abroad, but locally.  The Gallery is FREE and open to the public with timed tickets for the Opening Night to maintain Covid-19 procedures.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks of the exhibit which is available through February 27, 2021.

 

 

 

 

F E A T U R E S:  

 

 

S A M U E L     S P E A R,   J R.

 

 

FRIDAY,    FEBRUARY 5TH       6 – 9 PM

 

 

 

 

 

313  NE 3rd Street    Delray Beach, FL 33444

 

 

561.330.9614              artswarehouse.org

 

 

 

Photography by Samuel Spear, Jr. 

 

 

Samuel Spear, Jr. is a former New York based computer consultant who first picked up a camera in the early 1970s.  He tells The Rickie Report, ” For many years, as soon as I saved enough, I bought a plane ticket going somewhere,” he said, describing his first love — travel.  I have always been a traveller and the photos were incidental.  I had a position that allowed me access to air travel and I took advantage of  the opportunity.  Unfortunately I have lost photos of my early trips around the country, mostly islands of the Caribbean, and South America including Bahia and Surinam.

 

Over time, the traveling and the many photographs from each trip evolved into street photography. Now, retired and living in Delray Beach, Samuel embraces life as an amateur street photographer. “I generally remain out of the picture, however there is at least one image of me everywhere…documenting that I was actually there. I really like shooting people in their natural pursuits”.  

 

 

Photography by Samuel Spear, Jr.

 

 

“Street photography is not always pretty, not fine art, but real and generally with a story”, Samuel relates.  “This project was begun during my travels several years ago with additions as I encountered them. All the images are as photographed, with minor post-production adjustments, however with no added or deleted elements. If one looks closely, frequently my reflection can be observed in the photo as I could not move out of the scene”. 

 

 

Samuel’s photos take us beyond boundaries, and at times take us to a mirror-like  reflection, showing that which surrounds us and yet incorporates us.  “When one looks through glass, depending on lighting conditions, one is able to see a combination of the infinite and reflection”, he explains.

 

 

 

 

Photography by Samuel Spear, Jr.

 

 

Is it distortion that calls us near or the sense of disorientation that makes us look again?   Samuel’s combinations  give us the sense of not being able to place images or objects in front or behind. Move closer, because with the multiple layers of light(s) and space(s) one is motivated to  discover images, on a variety of levels and depths, encouraging revelations and reflections!

 

 

When asked about advice he gives to beginning photographers he says, ” There are all types of photography – sports, street, documentary, portrait, wedding, etc.  Choose your equipment to match. He reminds us that learning photography is a process and he has found YouTube to be a great teacher!

 

 

Photography by Samuel Spear, Jr.

 

 

Samuel is actively involved in the Delray Beach’s arts community.  He remarks, “I am a consumer of all things Art (music, painting, performance, native and craft, graffiti, dance, everything”.  On a recent Europe trip I photographed a series on the graffiti which I thought was unique. My wife Kenya and I  love to attend exhibitions and performances  – not to just give support, but to consume for our enrichment.  I believe in the requirement of Art for a rich life, and fully appreciate and support the special talents of  artists”.

 

 

Samuel Spear Jr. has had exhibits at The Arts Garage in Delray Beach, The Spady Cultural Museum, and other exhibition spaces throughout South Florida.  He published a photo-travel table book,  “So Much to See, So Little Time” and his work recently appeared in Black + White Photography Magazine.  Because of COVID-19, his trips to far-flung destinations are currently limited. On the top of his list are trips to Fez, Morocco to attend the World Sacred Music Festival, and to a Zen Retreat in Oita, Japan to get an authentic experience in their culture.  “I have been very blessed to be able to even consider and live my life following the motto – So Much to See, So Little Time”.  As enthusiastic as he is looking forward to traveling again…So are we – to peek into his photos!

 

Get your Free, Timed Tickets!

 

 

 

For more information about Samuel Spear Jr.’s photography please visit:

https://www.instagram.com/silkmainroad/

 

 

 

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