Photography by Abhisar Gupta
August 1 @ 4:00 pm - September 29 @ 9:00 pm
In the Loo-vre
Niche Wine Bar
1013 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
Niche is open Tuesday-Wednesday 4-9pm and Thursday through Saturday from 4-10pm.
Come explore the colorful, wondrous world of macro photography by Abhisar Gupta, where something ephemeral transforms into something eternal. What we see often but rarely notice is presented in a new light for your delight. Don’t miss nature’s magic — visit the Loo-vre at Niche Wine Bar.
I hope these photographs will pique your imagination, tickle your sense of wonder and curiosity, while evoking a sense of pleasure in the process. “What is this?” you might be tempted to ask while your imagination presents its own ideas. They are probably not what you think they are, and yet, who’s to say they aren’t exactly what you want them to be.
As you enjoy the patterns and colors, note that these are photographs of the surface of a soap film that bursts soon after it is formed. I marvel at the notion that something so ephemeral can also be eternal through the magic it produces and the joy it brings. Indeed, when we ponder on it, the duration of their existence in our life is perhaps akin to that of our own on the cosmic scale.
It is worth noting that the film itself is mostly transparent and largely invisible. It is only when we look at it from particular angles that the colors emerge. It is a constant reminder to learn to look at things in a different light. Appearances, after all, can be deceiving.
All we are seeing here is light, or light transformed into its various component colors through a process called “Interference.” The film selflessly lets others shine through and be the star. Perhaps that is the path from insignificance to immortality, from worthless to wondrous.
Let’s not forget light either. The glorious, all-illuminating phenomenon is made up of so many different components that work seamlessly together in order for life to thrive. Each component is individually spectacular, with its own characteristics. They work together in varying permutations to produce all the hues that exist in the world. What if, instead of seamlessly getting along, they
fought, and each thought itself to be superior to the others? Darkness, destruction, and death would definitely descend upon us. Imagine a world where humans could behave like the light and the film of soap.
Abhisar has an Engineering degree in Computer Science and a Master’s in Business Administration with a marketing major. He picked up photography only in 2013 and has entered competitions over the last couple of years. Here are some of his prominent achievements thus far:
• Finalist 2017 The American Landscape Photo contest by Outdoor Photographer magazine
• Displayed at Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque as part of their Atomic STEaM photo
contests in 2016 & 2017
• Displayed at Core New Art Space in Denver in their juried show Black and White in 2018
• Honorable mentions in the following international competitions in 2017
• International Photographer of the Year
• International Photo Awards
• Fine Art Photography Awards
• Monochrome Awards
• Monovisions Photography Awards
• ND Awards
• Best in Show and People Choice Award at the 23rd annual juried photo contest in Rolla, MO