NATURA HUMANA at the Santa Monica College Photography
Gallery will feature images by Steve Engelmann incorporating
human shapes or details within forms from nature.

The Santa Monica College Photography Gallery will present Natura humana, an exhibition of photographs that isolate forms from nature and incorporate human shapes or details within, beginning Saturday, Oct. 20 through Nov. 21.
An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gallery, located on the second floor of Drescher Hall on the SMC campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.
The exhibit features photos by Steve Engelmann, an environmental science teacher at Palisades Charter School who received his bachelor’s degree in marine biology from UCLA.
Engelmann has been taking photos since childhood but started taking photography classes at SMC in 2004. His work has been included in seven student photo shows at SMC, and, in the spring of 2011, his images were part of Emerging (i) 6 at the Creative Center for Photography in Hollywood. Last October, his work was also exhibited in a group show at The Happening Gallery in Marina del Rey.
“In Natura humana, I combine multiple negatives in a traditional darkroom,” Englemann said. “I begin with positive and negative space as a spin-off of common psychological assessments on perception.
“I isolate a form from nature and incorporate a human shape or detail within. Each image has a complement with either a positive or negative background. The duality of these pairings emphasizes the struggle to find a new equilibrium.”
Gallery hours are noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Information, (310) 434-4289.

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