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Hamburg, by Cameron Neilson
Solo Exhibition
April 17 to May 10, 2013
Opening Reception
Thursday, April 18, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Meet the Artist @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm

Dacia gallery proudly presents the first showing of Europe Straight Up, a solo show of photography by Cameron R Neilson.  Neilson singular voice redefines the concept of skyline as he turns his camera skyward, straight up, to photograph the open space between buildings, trees, lamps, and other terrestrially bound objects.  The interplay of these constructs and the open sky are surprising, arresting, and intriguing.  With each city viewed in this nearly objective way, comparisons and contrasts are seen which distinguish one city from one another in a more personally accessible way.


Cameron R Neilson started his photography career at an early age in Portland, Oregon, watching his dad create photographic prints in a makeshift color darkroom. By the age of ten Neilson was processing film and making his own prints.  Neilson soon learned the techniques and challenges of large format film photography and spent weekends and summer days hiking and photographing Mt. Hood, nearby Columbia River Gorge, and the Oregon Coast. By the age of sixteen he opened a studio at his parents home which he operated through college learning the intricacies of portrait, fashion, and product photography. In 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and studio art from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, Neilson moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  While continuing the tradition of landscape photography he opened a commercial studio and gained recognition for architecture photography.  His commercial work eventually brought Neilson to New York in 2008 where he continues to live and work. 


Every city in the world has a unique skyline defined by its architecture and landscape.  Think of a familiar skyline and very often brilliant, dramatic, colorful and iconic images come to mind.  As beautiful as each skyline may be, those who live in a city very rarely get to experience the outside skyline viewpoint.  We often live within the city where our time is spent traveling from point A to point B, driving, taking a metro, walking quickly, staring straight ahead to avoid others, or looking down at our smartphones, papers or pavement.  The skyline is an abstract depiction of a city and not one we necessarily associate with day to day.

Photographing cities with the camera leveled and pointed straight up, provides a different way to experience a city's skyline.  The resulting images show open spaces between buildings, lamp posts, street signs, trees, etc., that create unique shapes. These shapes repeat, subtly change, and create a cadence of visual forms, familiar yet distinct for each city. Grouping these images together forms a type of language—a spatial fingerprint of its skyline—that reflect the history, culture, economics, and needs of the city as reflected in its built environment. With each city photographed in the same manner, the point of view is exactly the same providing a way to compare within and between cities. It’s a new experience of the familiar skyline, accessible to anyone who stops, looks up, and takes note.

The concept for Straight Up, born in New York City, has now grown to encompass twenty-four cities in thirteen countries.  There is a luxury in stopping and looking up.  Children do it all the time—lying on the grass, looking to the sky and visualizing various shapes in the clouds.  This collection, titled Europe Straight Up plays homage to the kid lying in the grass except in this case looking straight up in city environments throughout Europe.

Berlin, by Cameron Neilson Hamburg, by Cameron Neilson Amsterdam, by Cameron Neilson Oslo, by Cameron Neilson Florence, by Cameron Neilson Prague, by Cameron Neilson Prague, by Cameron Neilson Vienna, by Cameron Neilson