Defining Focus: Views of the Coast

Photography by David Batchelder and Yve Assad
January 19 – March 3, 2013

Untitled by Yve Assad

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents Defining Focus: Views of the Coast – a show of works by photographers David Batchelder and Yve Assad curated by Charles Wyrick. This exhibit will be displayed at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park from January 19, 2013 until March 3, 2013. The opening reception is from 5pm until 7pm on Saturday, January 19, 2013. Assad will host a lecture at the gallery January 20th at 3 p.m; Batchelder will host a lecture at the gallery February 23rd at 3 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited.

Defining Focus combines the aerial photography of Yve Assad and the macro photography of David Batchelder to examine the Lowcountry shoreline. These images show a world that is both familiar and otherworldly. Assad and Batchelder are able to capture the flow, light, and texture of the shore in each of their photographs, offering unique and engaging vantage points. Both are able to challenge the eye by creating pieces that demand interpretation. The viewer is presented with familiar scenes but prompted to see them with a fresh perspective. Batchelder’s beach photographs could be haunting images from the Mars rover or early Zen paintings; his pictures range from extremely detailed to almost painterly in their abstractness. From the air, Assad is also able to capture images that are at once identifiable yet inscrutable; the detail and scale of her pictures asks the viewer to imagine what section of the Lowcountry she has visited, or if it is, in fact, the Lowcountry at all – perhaps it is some alien vista instead. Together, Batchelder and Assad present our natural surroundings both as the focus of their work, a creator and product of mesmerizing beauty.

Untitled by David Batchelder

About The Artists

David Batchelder

David Batchelder, a former college professor and school principal, was exhibited and published as a serious young contemporary photographer in the 1960s and 70s. He was featured in group shows at the George Eastman House, M.I.T., the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He exhibited one-man shows at Bowdoin College, the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts, and the Exposure Gallery, in New York City. He has been published in Aperture Magazine, Vol 14:1, 1969, and Vol 15:3, 1970. His work can be found in the public collections of the Addision Gallery of American Art, the Fogg Museum at Harvard, the George Eastman House, M.I.T., Smith College; Bowdoin College, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the Museum of Fine Art in Boston and in Houston. Batchelder stopped taking photographs for a long time, but recently started seriously making images again- with digital this time- on a small section of beach near his home on the Isle of Palms. The Batchelder Beach Photographs have revealed an original, unanticipated visual world, that could not have been preconcieved. He says of his own work: “Each day I go out on the ever changing beach to photograph, I find intriguing visual images. This process of visual discovery has taken on a force of its own with no apparent end of creative and original images in sight.” His website can be viewed here.

Yve Assad

Yve Assad is a photographer based out of Nashville, Tennessee. She studied Photojournalism at the University of Georgia and for the last decade has been commissioned to do artwork for commercial buildings in the Southeast, representing their local and regional communities, cultures and environment. She also does a lot of photography for the motorcycle industry shooting for clients such as Triumph, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki and several international publications. She is an avid traveler and, whenever possible, heads to a different country to capture life in other cultures. Yve has been shooting aerial photography of the South Carolina Lowcountry over the last 5 years and continues to return to the area to build her collection. Her notable shows include a solo exhibit featuring photos from Northern India at the Art Institute of Charleston in February 2010 and 2 Aerial photos of the South Carolina Lowcountry at the Emerging Artists Show at the Studio Gallery in Washington DC in May 2010. She says of her own work: “With these photos I wanted to show the flow from one ecosystem to another, where land meets water, and how seamless nature makes it look. For the majority of us, we rarely get to see the earth from above, unless it is a quick glimpse aboard a commercial airliner climbing to 20,000 feet. My desire is to show the patterns of nature, along with some of the things man makes from a perspective one does not typically see. It can be educational and beautiful.” Her website can be viewed here.