Ernie Gehr – Still to motion in small gestures
The journey from a crisp snap of the shutter to the waves of a falling sunset transcends. That simplicity may only find us through an Ernie Gehr camera obscura shoot. Of the two films shown at Denver’s 2009 International Film Festival, Glider shifts you through winding waves to coastlines to sand bars. Gehr’s experimental use of a camera let’s the audience witness nature – straight on and in the roundness of the atmosphere. Specifically his 3 phase journey is shown in silence – a form that forces the audience to wonder without being told the meaning. When sound entered the mix at the mostly full Stars Theater complex – yes even on a Sunday snow filled evening – Gehrs second showing flowed liked a master impressionist’s work. What would P Renior have felt when Gehrs ferry boat on the Hudson framed a westerly sunset? For those in attendance you may now know. The after party was held in Cherry Creek North’s fine art gallery – GALLERY M. A place where there is truly more than meets the wall.