"Behind the Levees" photography exhibit by Jeff Enlow will show at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in February. Enlow's window into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta life is a stunning collection that speaks to a way of life and a region that "stands to lose its identity and spirit" as "neighboring cities expand to encroach on the edges of farming towns [and] as overuse and pollution take their toll on the environment."
Enlow's ties to the Delta grew from childhood visits when "his parents used it as a shortcut to the Bay Area. Its beauty and mysterious charm stayed with him over the years, even as he moved on to city life in San Francisco and New York. Behind the Levees in many ways represents a coming home for Enlow, in which he uses photography to capture the region in ways he never was able to as a child."
"For decades the Delta has existed in this quiet space, largely unnoticed by the rest of the world." This exhibit reveals the quiet beauty, and the simplicity and sincerity of life "Behind the Levees." Enlow's love for the region has clearly inspired him to create a photographic journey for others to grasp what he has seen and felt. He captures moments that reveal the heart of the Delta like "the pear farmer’s solitary pride ... days lost on the river ... [and] the Sandhill Crane’s yearly roost."
“The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta exists in the confluence of many things,” Enlow states. “It is where California’s two largest rivers meet its most famous bay. It’s a place that exists in some distant past while being thrust into an uncertain future. At a time when the state is desperate for water, when politicians and big cities act out a tug-of-war over the precious resource, the Delta maintains a quiet poise only small towns know.
“Behind the Levees captures these quiet spaces where man and nature meet, at a time that may never exist like this again.” The exhibit can be viewed Feb 6 - March 2, 2013 during regular gallery hours 12 – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 12 – 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A Second Saturday Reception takes place on February 8, 2013, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Jeff Enlow is a Californian now living in New York, where he works as a photographer, an editor at Corbis Images, and sometimes a writer. He has worked with The Wall St. Journal, NPR, SF Weekly, and others. His website can be found here. "Behind the Levees" was funded in part by a grant from the National Geographic Society, and from donations made through Kickstarter.com.
Viewpoint Photographic Art Center
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Sacramento, CA 95811-3124