The concept of the soul has fascinated many philosophers, artists, and intellectuals throughout history and continues to do so presently. In their works, Dean, Morgan, and Raskin use the shutter button to capture a moment for the sake of being able to continuously savor it without answering to time. Grounded in an atmosphere of calm, the pieces exhibit a transcendentalist view. By compositionally placing figures as part of a larger scene, the audience is inevitably left in a state of contemplation of their place in the larger, unconquerable soul of nature. In a more individual rather than communal sense, the photographs in this exhibition call attention to the quiet passion that the aesthetically-pleasing properties of nature can stir and instill in the human soul upon observation. These works are meant to provoke a closer observation on what is generally missed by the masses, whether it is through a simple fault of overlooking the finer details of objects that exist in our everyday or the inability to imagine other moments happening simultaneously outside our own in other places.
About the Artists
Brian Dean graduated from Bard College, where he studied under distinguished photographers Stephen Shore, Larry Fink, and Tim Davis. He received the Eugene Atget Award in Photography, presented to one student upon graduation by faculty. Employed by Larry Fink as his Lab Manager, Dean is skilled in producing high quality prints. Dean has exhibited in group exhibitions at the Morris Museum and the Hudson Opera House. Recently completed is his latest project “Camino de Santiago,” a series of photographs taken on an eight hundred mile walk on a pilgrimage route through Northern Spain.
Donald Morgan is the director of the Psychological Services Clinic at Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, teaches and supervises in the doctoral programs, and has a psychotherapy and biofeedback practice in Summit. He has studied traditional and digital photography at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and has several awards from juried exhibitions including Best in Show. Morgan’s photographic vision is influenced by his study of yoga and the Buddhist dharma.
Ilya Raskin is a professor of biology of Rutgers University and President of the Global Institute of BioExploration (GIBEX). He works in many countries helping local communities to conserve biodiversity, preserve traditional knowledge and improve health and quality of life. Early in his career, he studied with the world’s leading nature photographers. Dr. Raskin’s photographs were published in numerous publications, including Science, Nature, Wildlife Conservation, Canadian Geographic, and Natural History. All profits from the sale of Dr. Raskin’s photography are donated to GIBEX to support global conservation and sustainable utilization of natural resources.