Local photographer’s show is so surreal

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published May 9, 2017


DETROIT — It’s not easy to confess your most private thoughts, but that’s exactly what local photographer Roy Feldman has accomplished with his new collection of work.

For the last several months, the Grosse Pointe Woods resident has photographed a number of individuals in images that closely depict the contradictions of their own dreams when they are compared to reality.

Feldman’s photographs will be featured in a new exhibit, “The Art of the Surreal,” at Galerie Camille in Detroit. The exhibit will open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. May 12, at which the general public is welcome. The gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

“The Art of the Surreal” show will run from May 12 through June 10. Galerie Camille is located at 4130 Cass Ave., Suite C, in Detroit.

Staff from Galerie Camille describe surrealism on the gallery’s website while promoting Feldman’s show. According to the website, www.galerieca mille.com, the Bureau of Surrealist Research — also known as the Centrale Surréaliste — was a Paris-based office that opened in the 1920s in which surrealist writers and artists held discussions in efforts to “gather all the information possible related to forms that might express the unconscious activity of the mind.” Surrealist artists want to use art to show the inner workings of the mind, and none of the art has a solid answer.

“To resurrect this field of study, photographer and filmmaker Roy Feldman has embedded himself in the Detroit arts community with the goal of ‘resolving the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality,’” the website states.

Feldman’s photographs will be for sale. The subjects in Feldman’s photos are all published authors.

“Everyone in my show has had a book published,” said Feldman, who has been behind the lens for 40 years, including doing freelance work for C & G Newspapers. “These people confessed their innermost thoughts about themselves. I’ve taken their subconscious dreams and thoughts and tried to create a photograph out of it.”

Each writer Feldman captured on film has written a caption to describe the scene of their photograph. One photo is of a woman’s face while she is laying down. Another shot is of a woman as she is in a field of flowers, and a photo of another subject appears to stand by a moving vehicle. The viewer is supposed to draw his or her own conclusion regarding what is going on in the photo. All 11 of the images are in black and white.

“I wanted this to look timeless and kind of old,” Feldman said. “I wanted them to look like they could have been taken yesterday or 40 years ago. There are no cellphones or modern clothes. I really want to make it a piece of art. When you take a picture of something, you’re personally involved.”

Feldman has done photography for Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp., the U.S. Department of Energy, the North American International Auto Show, the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation, Big Boy Restaurants International and more.

“I have taken pictures people want me to take,” Feldman said. “This (gallery) project allows me to make it a little more than a photograph. In this particular case, I get to do what I want to do.”

“Roy Feldman serves our various business divisions by providing prompt, eye-catching photography, videography and complete editing services. He has captured company team members, grand openings, political events, editorial photographs in ways that give news stories, commercial projects and personal memories lasting impact,” Robert Liggett Jr., chairman and director of Big Boy Restaurants International LLC, stated on the website www.detroitphoto graphic.com.

In addition to his photography skills, Feldman co-produces the television show “Detroit Performs,” a weekly program focused on the artists, musicians and dancers in Detroit. It airs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays on Detroit Public Television, also known as PBS.