In “Orchard Trail” Michal Greenboim creates photographic diptychs. These photographs were taken as individual images over the years, as daily responses to the world around her, as in a visual journal, and later paired. In examining the photographs she realized that she “had subconsciously been photographing [her] childhood.” She says, “The pictures in front of me held deep memories of curiosity, innocence and wonder. They were my remembrances, wandering in the backyard, exploring moments like the sound of a tree [or] a bird in the sky.”
“Orchard Trail,” is featured in the Atelier Gallery at the Griffin Museum of Photography from January 11, 2018 through March 4, 2018. An opening reception (Free to all) will take place on January 18, 2018 from 7-8:30 PM. Holly Roberts will do a gallery walk/talk at 6 PM on January 18, 2018 that is free for members and $10 for nonmembers.
“The photographs of Orchard Trail are in their essence a mode of language,” says Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography. “In each diptych there is an exchange by way of harmonic gesture that conveys the intangibles of thought and experience.”
Tognarelli goes on to say, “In the trilogy of shows opening in Winchester on January 11, 2018, if there is a common element that links each to the other, it is the ability of the artists to disclose personal psychologies without vulnerability. It is this show of openness that draws us to the artists and their art-making process.”
Michal Greenboim grew up in a small town in Israel called Pardes Chana that means Hana Orchard. She says of her childhood “the town was full of orange, avocado and mango orchards. I remember neighbors stopping by with mangos and [we] giving our avocados in exchange. Kids would walk by themselves to the next-door-neighbors for story time or a piano lesson. I remember going with my father to pick oranges from our orchard. When I look at my photographs …, I am reminded of who I truly am.”
Greenboim developed an early interest in photography after watching her grandfather, who always had a camera present to capture family moments. Following a career as an interior designer and computer engineer, Michal later moved into photography, publishing her first photography book “Orchard Trail,” a narrative of childhood stories and memories, in 2016.
Michal now lives in La Jolla, California and started her MFA studies in June 2017.
From 2012-2017, Michal has exhibited her work in shows across the United States, including the Art of Photography Show in San Diego and at the Los Angeles Center for Photography in California, Photo Place in Vermont, Tilt Gallery in Arizona and Dickerman Gallery in San-Francisco. Her photograph “Rear Blues” won third place in the “World in Place” competition in the “Sense of Place” category, PDN Magazine, December 2016. In 2017, Greenboim was awarded an exhibition at the Griffin Museum from the Los Angeles Center of Photography.