That’s the word that I use most often to describe the photography of Ryann Ford. Ryann is a local artist who specializes not in one single category – such as food, architecture, or portraiture – but in precision and composition. An image of hers is identifiable by beautiful arrangement, razor-sharp definition, and a remarkable clarity through perfect exposure.
I’ve admired her work for the past few years, but it wasn’t until very recently that I had the chance to hear Ryann speak – gaining insight into her process and her motivations.
The setting was Alley #111 – on 9th street between Brazos and Congress – where Art Alliance Austin had transformed a mundane alleyway into a physical work of art called “20ft WIDE.” Neon-colored nylon cords spanned from rooftop-to-rooftop. Several hundred white paper cranes – each carrying inside the written wish of local-area school children – created a canopy that hung appropriately between the earth and the stars. It was here, opening night, that Ryann – along with several other of our talented citizens – would speak on stage in front of projector screen for a Pecha Kucha.
A Pecha Kucha is a simple presentation format from Tokyo. 20 images, each held for 20 seconds.
It’s effective storytelling.
This month’s Reel Artists takes you back to that night with a special video presentation of Ryann’s latest work – a documentation of rest stops around the country. Each structure is unique, and lends itself to a certain time period or culture, but they’re disappearing. Pretty soon these images may be all there is to remember them by.
Sit back. Unwind.
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