Wanderers in a Sea of Fog
Interface Gallery is pleased to present a beautiful series of images by Tressa Pack, capturing wanderers at San Francisco's Ocean Beach enveloped in white fog. The exhibition consists of four large photographs (between 42” by 55” to 60" by 88”) all shot using an 8x10 camera on particularly foggy mornings. The figures' total envelopment in these photographs lends a heightened sense of presence and is reminiscent of nineteenth century paintings of the sublime.
Arriving at Ocean Beach around 7 am and staying for a number of hours or until the fog lifted, Pack would wait for people to emerge from the fog and into the plane of focus. All their reflexive gestures, be it in clothing, facial expression or gesticulation are recorded in detail. The large scale of the prints allows Pack to both represent the overwhelming, sublime aspects of the landscape and take advantage of the resolution within an 8 by 10 negative to render the relatively small figures completely visible.
Unlike common nineteenth century Romantic representations of the sublime, the figures face the viewer, displaying their direct relationship with their environment. The result is often very contemporary and sometimes comical, where the figures seem unaware, or uninterested in the massive primordial fog that envelops them.
Printing and mounting of photographs in this exhibition was made possible by a Loop Arts Grant and a stipend provided by Interface Gallery.
Pack has also created a 16” by 20” hand bound book of the series to accompany the exhibition.