The Block Island Times

Robin Langsdorf photography at Spring Street

Aug 04, 2013
Courtesy of: Robin Langsdorf Photography Photographer Robin Langsdorf combines images of Block Island flora and fauna with unique textures to create the artwork that will be on display at The Spring Street Gallery beginning Aug. 4.

Robin Langsdorf is always looking for a beautiful image, that’s her first priority, but the content of the photos on display in her latest show is also celebrating something specific: the indigenous flora, fauna and vegetation grown here in Block Island. She’s interested in taking these images and deepening their beauty through various media and development processes. It’s photography as a tactile experience.

Langsdorf’s new “Island Grown” show opens at The Spring Street Gallery with a reception on Sunday, Aug. 4, between 5 and 7 p.m. The artwork will be on display until Aug. 17.

“I was working in television in London and my job was ‘made redundant,’” she said about how she started the move from one phase in her career to one that concentrated more on photography. Langsdorf has a background in journalism, and while “traveling in Nepal and India, I realized I wanted to tell stories with my camera. I developed my skills in photography and combined storytelling with art.”

For The Spring Street Gallery show, she’s added additional texture to her images by painting over them with beeswax and oils and then adding a final touch: framing the images in reclaimed wood and vintage tin.

“I’m trying to do something different,” she said. She is also using a high-fiber paper on which to print her images. “A sumptuous paper that really takes in the ink and paint and wax,” she said.

Langsdorf also wants to celebrate the people who nurture and grow flowers and vegetables on the island, people that she knows and has met at the local Farmers Market. A sustainable lifestyle is something she is very much interested in.

“That’s how I’m trying to live my life, and I’m trying to encourage others to do the same,” Langsdorf said. “There’s nothing better than eating the food that’s grown where you live. That’s been my inspiration, too.”

Spring Street Gallery exhibit featuring “Island Grown” photography, Aug. 4 - 17. Opening reception is Sunday, Aug, 4 from 5 to 7 p.m.

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