All of these photos and the following text appeared in the February 28, 2014 issue of Aline Smithson’s blog called LENSCRATCH.
Sara Jane Boyers’ new project, GRIDLOCK, reflects life behind the wheel in one our largest cities, Los Angeles. There is a good possibility that we might be sitting in traffic when we attend her opening at the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles on March 8th running through April 13th (opening March 8, 5-7pm). But it we will use her philosophy of looking at bumper to bumper traffic with visual potential. Her continuing project is a series of photographs shot from her car window while stuck in traffic. Sara comments: “GRIDLOCK is about being a Californian. About being in a car. About traffic. I am photographing from my driver’s window, first with my viewfinder-less Leica D-Lux3, and now the D-Lux5. Stopped. Crawling. Trapped. Riding on the clutch as I stay in 1st should the flow move on. Hoping to catch that elusive abstraction even while those behind me glower and gently nudge my car along.” The exhibition also includes the work of Domenico Foschi and Sol Hill.
Sara Jane is California fine art photographer who, after successful careers in the music and publishing industries, has returned to a serious focus on her photography. She has exhibited at the Craig Krull Gallery and her has been included in museums, galleries and photo festivals including a GETTY PST exhibition at the Vincent Price Art Museum; Western Australia’s FOTOFREO Biennial; DESIGN/REACTION at the Pasadena Museum of California of Art; as well as two MOPLA exhibitions, the second organized and co-curated by Boyers; and SUMMER MIX, also co-curated by Boyers for LACMA’s Wallis Annenberg Photography Department. She is the recipient of two 2011 and four 2012 IPA Honorable Mentions for her work.
This is a project I cannot say that I looked for. Rather, it is about being immobilized, involuntarily confined and not in control; stuck in the all too commonplace bane of modern metropolitan life: traffic that seems to have no beginning, no end, and is incomprehensible as to its life-cycle.
The unsought and unseen has always fascinated me and that is what I face in this world within our freeways and by-ways, not only in Los Angeles but especially here. Stopped in this place of presumed mobility, taking photographs transported me from confinement to freedom, at least in creative vision if not movement.
You can view Sara’s work at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles
8783 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048
By Jim McKinniss