100 DEGREES IN OCTOBER

October 01, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

 

 

100 DEGREES IN OCTOBER

 

It's been a long, hot, busy season. Having survived the blood supermoon eclipse, I'm looking forward to getting back to some more desert field work.

 

Compass Magazine - Osceola Refetoff: The Authentic Character of Things as They AreCompass Magazine - Cover StoryLMGI - Location Managers Guild International
Photo: Osceola Refetoff - LINK TO ARTICLE
Compass Magazine - Osceola Refetoff: The Authentic Character of Things as They AreCompass Magazine - "Martini Shot" - Summer 2015LMGI - Location Managers Guild International

 

Just in time for Halloween, COMPASS MAGAZINE spotlights two haunting photographs of the Salton Sea on their cover and the last page "Martini Shot" (movie production lingo for final shot of the day). Osceola Refetoff: The Authentic Character of Things as They Are explores how my concurrent careers as a location scout and fine art photographer inform the way I translate the world into images that efficiently communicate a story of place.

 

Boom: a Journal of California - Framing the Desert - Summer 2015Boom: a Journal of California - Framing the Desert - Summer 2015by Christopher Langley, photos by Osceola Refetoff
LINK TO ARTICLE

 

Framing the Desert is featured in the current Boom: A Journal of California. LA Times book critic David L. Ulin says, "Boom is a long overdue addition to the conversation regarding the state and its cultural life." In the article, my High & Dry collaborator, Christopher Langley, explores how the "window" functions in my photography as not only a literal/architectural, but also as an optical/aesthetic and narrative/symbolic structure in framing the story of our desert landscapes.

 

Julie & Mita - Arena Blanca, Bioko, Equatorial Guinea - 2011Julie & Mita - Arena Blanca, Bioko, Equatorial Guinea - 2011First printed: 2015

Shot on assignment in Equatorial Guinea, considered one of Africa's most notorious pariah states. The situation on the ground proved more complicated then the stories recycled in the international media. While revenue from vast oil reserves discovered in the mid-1990s grossly enriched a cadre of elites, it has also brought roads, electricity, and clean water to many areas.

The highway circumnavigating the island of Bioko is one of the finest I have ever travelled, possibly because the president's son, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, owns over a hundred exotic cars. Here two Equatorial Guineans enjoy a moment of happiness on the beach near the capital Malabo.

Art in Place - Venice Institute of Contemporary Art - Long Beach, CA - 2017
Out There - Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 - 2016
Fashionistas Fight Back! - Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) - 2015
Julie & Mita - Arena Blanca, Bioko, Equatorial Guinea

 

Saturday, October 3, Fashionistas Fight Back! opens at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art with this image shot on assignment in Equatorial Guinea. One of the world's most notorious pariah states, few images of the country are seen in the West, especially a candid image like this one, on exhibit for the first time in the U.S.

 

 

The Cloud that Followed Me Home - Garlock, CA - 2011The Cloud that Followed Me Home - Garlock, CA - 2011First printed: 2015

Most of the images from my series "Flirting with Disaster" are captured from the driver's seat. On this particular evening, I had the pleasure of being chauffeured across the Mojave Desert with the sun setting, and this majestic, lenticular cloud accompanying me on my journey home.

Magic and Realism: Photographs by Osceola Refetoff & Bill Leigh Brewer Curated by Shana Nys Dambrot - Chungking Studio - 2015
Out There - Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 - 2015

The Cloud that Followed Me Home - Garlock, CA - 2011

 

Then Saturday, October 10, my SOLO SHOW Chasing Pavement opens at the Inglewood Public Library in conjunction with their 75th Anniversary Art Day Celebration of Helen Lundeberg's epic WPA mural The History of Transportation. Festivities kick off at 1pm, ending with a free jazz concert on the front lawn at 3:45pm. The exhibition is on view October 3 – November 2.

 

So stay cool. There's plenty more good stuff coming up this fall...

 

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