FLOW: Doug Eng Photography
St. John's Cathedral is presenting a themed exhibition of the photography of Douglas Eng in the Taliaferro Hall Art Gallery starting September 18 and running through November 13, 2022.
The early Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, noted that the world and those who live are in a state of perpetual flux and flow. But thanks to the medium of photography, a moment in that flow can be captured. Indeed Douglas Eng has set about capturing such images. Like the "spots in time," as Wordsworth described his effort to capture crucial moments in his life, Eng captured important moments in what we traditionally call Nature. The photographs in this exhibition capture the breathtaking beauty of moments in the ongoing flux of the life of our planet.
Eng freezes for us a moment when the famous great falls at Yellowstone cascade down. Or he presents images of spectacularly colorful aspects of something in the wild, which we would be hard pressed to identify as a particular place but whose array of colors delight the viewer's eyes.
He captures the long line of waves breaking on the shore. He freeze-frames the gentle flow of a woodland stream. And his images carry you beyond the manifestations of flow in water to the geological flow of windswept dunes and the fixed flow of the lines of bark in trees. He even sees images that imitate the flow of Nature in the built environment of massed electrical conduits.
The images in this exhibition were chosen to illustrate the flow and flux in our environment. But when one steps back from any particular image in the collection, one must also be amazed and delighted by the sheer beauty of our lived environment that Eng captures for us. Moreover, we are privileged in the exhibition to see aspects of our world through Eng's sensitive eye and his mastery of the art of photography that we would miss on our own.
This exhibition is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to delight in the beauty of the lived environment of our planet through the lens of this perceptive Jacksonville photographer. All photographs are for sale through the Cathedral Bookstore and Gift Shop.
About Doug Eng
Doug Eng is a photographer and installation artist whose work aims to raise awareness of various environmental issues. He has an educational and professional background as an engineer and software programmer. A Jacksonville native, Eng received his BS and MEng in Structural Engineering and architecture from Cornell University. His technical science background provides him with a unique skill set that he utilizes in his photographs. Eng ultimately decided photography would be his main medium in which he could fully capture and communicate his ideas to the world.