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Down the Rabbit Hole - Rachell Hester

"Down the Rabbit Hole" is an Infrared silver gelatin photograph by Monterey, CA based artist Rachell Hester. This hand-printed photograph measures 13"w x 10"h. Rachell captured this surreal coastal landscape in Big Sur, CA. The sky and rocks are reflected in a calm, mirror-like pool of water that makes one question their perception.


To achieve infrared photography, Rachell uses a special filter on her camera in addition to infrared film. The filter allows her to capture wavelengths of infrared light invisible to the naked eye; resulting dreamlike textures, and a bright white sky within the composition.  



"Down the Rabbit Hole"  is framed in a contemporary custom white wood frame with an archival museum mat and low-glare museum glass. The outside dimensions are 21"w x 17"h

Down the Rabbit Hole - Rachell Hester

  • Rachell Hester is a painter and photographer based in Monterey, CA. The natural world is a pivotal force in her artwork. Rachell explores the wooded trails in Monterey County and the Big Sur coastline with her camera, often capturing vistas that are off-limits to most people. Using film photography and alternative processes such as solarization and infrared film, Rachell spends many hours in the darkroom controlling the development of a photograph. Through this intentional distortion, she creates haunting compositions depicting scenes and marine life abstractions that don't naturally exist.

    Hester holds an MFA from San José State University and a BA in Visual and Public Art from California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). Hester maintains an art studio practice that focuses on both painting and darkroom photography. Hester has participated in many group and solo art shows, as well as community art projects. A selection of Hester’s artworks created in the CSU Summer Arts program were displayed in the CSU Chancellor's Office. Hester received two Weston Collective awards in the Roman Loranc Fine Art Photography category. In 2019, Hester’s film photography was displayed at the Pacific Grove Art Center in a solo show, Between Here and There. During her Master’s education, Hester was awarded the 2022 Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition in San Francisco at SOMArts Cultural Center. Hester held an Artist in Residence at the American Tin Cannery in Pacific Grove. Hester  was also a recipient of the Local Emerging Artist Program (LEAP) Grant from the Arts Council for Monterey County.

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