"In the Breeze" is an infrared silver gelatin photograph by Monterey, CA based artist Rachell Hester. This unusual photograph depicts a group of ghostly white kelp floating silently on the surface of a stark black ocean. Rachell uses a special infrared filter in her camera, in addition to infrared film. The specialty lens allows Rachell to capture wavelengths of infrared light that's invisible to the naked eye resulting in the black color of the water and the bright white color of the seaweed.
"In the Breeze" is offered in a custom contemporary white frame (wood) with an archival mat and low-glare museum glass. The outside measurements are 17"w x 21"h
In the Breeze - 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.