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Bill Rastetter

Press Release

Joseph Bellows Gallery is pleased to present Sea and Sky, an exhibition of large-scale color photographs by San Diego photographer Bill Rastetter. In his recent exhibition, Rastetter continues his exploration of both the majesty and mystery of the sea and the sky.

In Sea and Sky, Rastetter is surely aware of medium’s history, finding rank within its lineage through his choice of subject and use of a view camera (the earliest of camera designs), while broadening its framework through contemporary large-scale digital color printmaking.

Like Alfred Stieglitz’s series of cloud photographs, Songs of the Sky – Secrets of the Skies as Revealed By My Camera, Rastetter embarks on a journey with his own camera akin to Stieglitz; to not only describe the subject before his camera through semi-abstract qualities, but to express a sense of lyricism and freedom with it. His new images are imbued with impressionistic and romantic thoughts. Long exposures relate to experience of place rather than just observation, allowing Rastetter, as well as his audience to contemplate their own existence within the vast and luminous space of the photographs he has created.

Sea and Sky will be on view from August 20th - September 17th, 2011. A public opening reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, August 20th, between 6:00 - 9:00pm. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be provided by Culinary Underground.

To request images, or for further exhibition information please call 858.456.5620 or email at

Joseph Bellows Gallery was established in 1998, and is a member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers. The gallery features an active schedule of rotating solo and group exhibitions of both historic and contemporary photography.

The gallery is located at 7661 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037 (second floor), and is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:0 am-5:00pm, and Monday by appointment.