Windsor Square resident James R. Lane’s exhibition “How to Make a Photograph” opened June 9, 2021 at TAG Gallery, joined by artists John Waiblinger and K Ryan Henisey. Today the gallery is hosting a Viewing Reception with the artists from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Back in March, the Buzz reported on Lane’s work as part of an exhibit at the Helms Bakery District. Recently, we got a chance to visit his Windsor Square studio. At the core of his work, Lane asks the question, “what is a photograph?” If you think it’s an image on paper, he shows how you can create that image using other media, such as canvas and paper-like surfaces. Interested in experimentation, Lane offers the viewer a window into the various formats and processes he uses to create his work.
“In my work as a complex photographer, I see creativity as fluid,” said Lane about his exhibit. “It has a tendency to flow over and around established parameters and expectations in the same way the liquid medium takes an unexpected course when it is added to my photographs.”
This show focuses on his floral photography, as did the exhibit at the Helms Bakery District. Lane told us that he’s constantly taking photographs of flowers with his small digital camera, “It’s the most readily available source material,” explained Lane. However, that show featured projected images, which at some level didn’t really do Lane’s complex photography justice. This show offers the viewer an opportunity to see the image up close, and how Lane creates his photos. Lane is happy to explain his process of making his photography, which he sees as vastly different from taking a photograph.
The exhibit features three types of processes Lane uses to create his images: photographs on tissue paper, acid wash photos, and bas relief images. Lane is incredibly generous with information about his process; he even has samples of the various vinegars he uses to acid wash the images.
Lane has been making photographs ever since his aunt, a professional photographer, invited him into the darkroom to learn how to process film at the age of 14. He’s also worked as a screenwriter and author, and spent most of his professional career running his family business, until he retired two years ago. Lane is well into his next career as a complex photographer.
“How to Make a Photograph” is open through July 3rd at the TAG Gallery at 5458 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036. TAG is open 11am-5pm, Tue-Sat
Dear Buzz, my wife and I just returned from the show at TAG and we were really impressed by Jim’s work. A really creative take on the possibilities of photography when you have the skills to deliver.
We highly recommended it.