Ben Tuason introduces his latest works “Davis Shopscapes” at Gallery 1855 (820 Pole Line Road, Davis, CA) throughout the month of February. A special artist reception will be held Sunday, February 14, 2015 from 1-4:00pm. This exhibition is a collection of well-studied photographs of the evolving cityscape of downtown Davis, California. Ben Tuason has received great recognition for his work including Best of Show, First Place, Architecture Category, and First Place, Black and White category in the 2013 City of Davis Photography Contest.
Having lived in larger metropolises the majority of his life, Ben became drawn to the unpretentious, small-town feel of the Davis downtown. His ongoing photography study reflects the landscape of the evolving city. “It’s changing fast, in just the four or so years that I has lived here, many establishments have gone and new ones have taken their place” Ben commented. This series will serve as documents of a past era and the incredible growth of the dynamic city.
The artist will be selling a presentation of a folio of 8.5” x11” prints of the exhibited work. The fine-art Giclée prints are on acid-free, fiber-based exhibition quality paper, individually custom-printed and signed by the photographer.
While studying architecture, Ben Tuason was heavily influenced by the works of traditional masters of the black-and-white street genre. Coming to America in the mid-80’s, he gave up architecture to write pioneering software for the then-emerging personal computer. Through these careers, photography was always with him—sometimes as leisure pursuit, sometimes as therapy, very often as passion.
The exacting discipline of software programming, together with traditional film photography and processing, helped shape his deliberate and methodical compositional approach while his architectural background fostered a keen appreciation for the built environment and urban-centric photograph.