Eternal Skies is a solo photography exhibit of works by storm chaser, David Mayhew, at Jackson Junge Gallery. Opening January 17th, this exhibit will be the very first look at David Mayhew’s newest series of landscape photography. The exhibit, featuring 10 new images, runs from January 17- March 2, 2014.
Known for his dynamic scenes of severe weather, as featured in the 2010 exhibit “Storm Chaser: Drama on the High Skies,” Mayhew changes course with striking nightscapes featuring the unique and mysterious Aurora Borealis. Deviating from his awe-inspiring tornado and lightning series, Mayhew traveled to Western Iceland and brought the coastal landscapes full of icebergs and distinctive rock formations to Chicago.
In March of 2013, Mayhew traveled to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in hopes shifting his creative direction from tumultuous and violent storms, to calm, serene, and mystifying nightscapes. The peninsula which is on the edge of the Arctic Circle is widely considered to be one of the best places to view the Northern Lights. Pairing these arctic images alongside his familiar Midwestern landscapes, he truly captures beautiful and raw images from around the world.
Mayhew continued exploring nightscapes in the United States, trekking through Utah to capture Goblin Valley and Wilson’s Arch in the desert night. Mayhew cites Cosmic Arch as his favorite piece in the show because of the unique rock formation illuminated by incoming traffic lights, an exceptional juxtaposition of nature and civilization.
Mayhew invites viewers into the sublime landscapes, trying to convey the richness and unknown in the skies. “In the city, always look up. Don’t be bogged down the by the day-to-day grind. There is an emotional quality to the always changing palette of the sky.”
About David Mayhew
David Mayhew was born in the UK where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. After 5 years as a practicing Engineer, David said farewell to the 9 to 5 work environment and took up photography, starting at the College of DuPage, IL in 2004.
The severe weather of the Midwest plains inspires Mayhew, taking him anywhere from Texas to Canada. Dedication and persistence are certainly a requirement for his work, often traveling over 1000 miles in a day and at times without seeing a photogenic storm. However, when the elements come together the result is undeniably spectacular.
Mayhew shoots digital but remains true to the value of nature’s colors. He uses technology to enhance contrast and saturation but does not alter actual colors. The artist feels that nothing can improve upon nature’s authentic palette.