The current exhibit at 99Collective Gallery on Abbot Kinney is “Portraits of Elder Psychedelic Pioneers” by local photographer Dean Chamberlain and it is a must see. Chamberlain’s use of light painting during long exposures creates otherworldly and psychedelic images “in camera” that are free of computer manipulation. Using extremely long exposures in sessions that often extend to four or five hours, he moves through the composition space illuminating each individual element, not so much photographing a moment but painting with light through time and space. Chamberlain’s “Portraits of Elder Psychedelic Pioneers” is wonderfully executed and as many of those in the portraits have sadly passed on this series is now timeless for the ages.
As Dean is a Venice Resident we asked him for a few words about the show and Venice and here is what he had to say:
I’ve lived in several areas of Los Angeles since I moved here in 1992, but it is in Venice, where I have lived these last eight years, that I have experienced a concentrated spirit of exploration, optimism, and intelligence reflected in this unique neighborhood. This is one reason that I am pleased to exhibit my “Portraits of Elder Psychedelic Pioneers” here.