Ansen Seale is a Valley kid who did good in the big city, but the McAllen-born photographer had an edge when he entered Trinity University three decades ago. His father is Dr. Carl Seale, a composer and now past-director of the Valley Symphony. His mother, Jan Epton Seale, is a much-published writer and the 2012 Poet Laureate of Texas. Seale has fared well himself since setting up shop in SA. His artwork is seen by hordes of travelers at San Antonio International Airport, graces the Lila Cockrell Theatre at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, and has lined the walls of the mayor’s offices. But enough kudos; what draws attention most are the time-bending photographs that are the output of a special digital panoramic camera of his own invention. Known as “slit-scan-photography,” the mechanism inverts our usual perceptions, recording moving objects as clear images while presenting static fields in a variegated blur. The results are spell-binding, opening doors into realms of time/space far away from normative reality. New slit-scan works and slightly more conventional photos taken by Seale last year in China open this Thursday as the Fotoseptiembre offering at Bismarck Studios. Free; 7-10pm Thu, Sep 13; Bismarck Studios Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, 930 Proton Ste 202, (210) 314-7747, bismarckartgallery.com. Check out our full online calendar of upcoming events here: calendar.sacurrent.com.
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