The Uncommon Common Place Oleg Moiseyenko
March 25 - August 1
Photographer Oleg Moiseyenko on view on the renovated second floor of the Princeton Public Library.
“Once or twice in a year, a very dense fog comes to settle on The Delaware & Raritan Canal near Princeton, turning over the common surroundings into something surreal and mystique. These black & white film photographs were taken in January 2014 on a Rolleiflex 3.5F and printed using traditional “wet” darkroom techniques.”
Oleg Moiseyenko is a New Jersey based photographer, but his earliest photographic experiences came from observing the magnificent scenery of the Pamir Mountains while traveling with his geologist parents. As merely a child of 10 years old, he would spend hours entranced by the colorful images of film photos from expeditions projected onto a wall. This is the seed from which Oleg’s passion for photography began to grow. Thirty years later, it has blossomed into an irreplaceable part of his life. Spending all his spare time taking photos, Oleg classifies his interests in photography as an obsession.
After many years of shooting on 35mm film, Oleg gave himself a try at digital photography, but quickly realized that this method lacked much of the engagement that made film photography so exciting for him. Inspired by the works of Ansel Adams, Andre Kertesh, Margaret Bourke- White, Lee Friedlander, Edward Weston and others, Oleg returned to film photography, now in medium format (6×6) with two TLR Rolleiflexes and in large format (8×10) with a Deardorff V8. Oleg built his own classical “wet” darkroom in the basement of his home to develop and print on silver-gelatin media. This is where the artist, film, enlargers, fiber-based paper, and chemicals meet and the magic unfolds.
Oleg’s recent work includes some meddling with alternative photographic processes such as photomontage and sepia toning of cityscapes and architecture. Yet, the traditional style prevails. Traveling through the national parks of the U.S. with his trusty Deardorff, he sometimes spends whole days setting up and anticipating the right light to capture the wonders of nature. When he cannot afford to travel, he often puts together still lifes with bread, fruits, and libations at the comfort of his home.
The feature that ties all of Oleg’s photos together is the great precision and patience with which he carries out all his work. The hours spent setting up a single shot and waiting to capture it translate to hours spent perfecting every white, black, and grey in between in the darkroom. Oleg’s precision does not stop there, as he mounts and mattes his photographs using only the finest acid free materials in full accordance with the preservation matting and framing standards of the Library of Congress. If stored properly, these images are meant to last for centuries.
Oleg is an active member of several photographic societies: the Princeton (NJ) and Newtown (PA) photo clubs, and the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). His work can be found in several magazines and has also been exhibited at the Trenton City Museum, NJ and other juried shows and contests.
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