Knowing some of these sites as I do, I am aware that words fail to capture their grandeur, their echoing of time passed, and their glorious relevance to the landscape that has changed and melded around them. It has been said a picture is worth a thousand words, but here these images do more than that. They bring to mind echoes of the songs that once were sung here, rhythms that surged through bodies moving in supplication and adoration of the powers of fertility and regeneration, and suggest stories we now can only grasp at like fading mist. Look and wonder.
Stuart McHardy, Storyteller and lecturer Excerpt from his essay in the FOTOFEST2006 catalogue.
BARBARA YOSHIDA Night Vision: Rocks and Stones by Moonlight
Night Vision: Rocks and Stones by Moonlight, is a series of images from over ten different countries, from Sweden to Corsica, featuring various standing stones. Also called menhirs, they are megalithic, with the earliest ones having been erected around 3,650 to 2,500 years B.C. Although some of them have burial sites beneath them, very little is known about who constructed them and why. The images are photographed under moonlight, with the stones against the night sky, emphasizing their shapes as well as the relationship between the focal object and its surroundings.
Barbara Yoshida lives and works in New York City, where for the past several years she has looked for opportunities that put her directly in touch with her audience through teaching, panel discussions, public talks, and residencies, including one where she was selected by Graciela Iturbide. She has recently been invited to jury the 2006 Minnesota Print Biennial. Yoshida has four one-person shows scheduled for 2006, two in New York City and two in Scotland. Recent solo exhibitions have been in Overland Park, Kansas; Bar Harbor, Maine; and Poland. Her photogravures were shown at Atelier Lacourière Frélaut in Paris, as part of Le Mois de l’Estampe 2005, and seven prints have been featured at Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida. Yoshida’s work is in various public collections, including Museet for Fotokunst Brandts Klaedefabrik, Denmark; Southeast Museum of Photography; Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum; The Huntington Gardens Art Collection; Polaroid Corporation; and Light Work.