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"Portraits in Landscapes:" Brendan Bannon at Nina Freudenheim Gallery, thru June 25th.

In Brendan Bannon’s current exhibit at Nina Freudenheim Gallery the viewer is brought close-up and full circle to the power of the photograph to bear witness. A self-taught photographer whose earliest visual interests were encouraged by his mother, an amateur photographer, Bannon, at 10 years was asked by his father, a photography curator, to choose interesting pictures for an exhibit of antique images.

Deborah Stratman explores her fascination with sinkholes at Hallwalls

Wall copy for the current Hallwalls exhibit recounts the story of Jason Chellew who was relaxing in his living room one evening in Alta, California, when the floor of the room suddenly opened up beneath him, swallowing him and the room into a sinkhole, killing him, but not harming his pregnant wife, who was in bed in another room. It took rescue workers two days to recover Jason’s body. Meanwhile, nary a sign of the disaster was visible from outside the house. What caused the fatal sinkhole? It isn’t known for sure. But in the late 1800s that area of the Sierra Nevada foothills was heavily mined for gold. An underground mine collapse is a possibility.

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