by Susan Ellis
Bruce Meisterman is advertising director for Flyer sister publication MBQ magazine. He’s also a gifted photographer with a show opening on Friday at Eclectic Eye and a book Arn? Narn. due out this fall.
While he’s currently working on a show featuring color images, Meisterman, thus far, has concentrated solely on black-and-white photography. The Eclectic Eye exhibit, “New Works,” is his first of all-digital photos.
“It’s a diffrent mode of capture — electronic versus film,” says Meisterman, who got rid of his in-house darkroom last year.
He says he does not manipulate the images in any way. “The image stands on its own.”
“New Works” features three bodies of works: floral images, a series from Elmwood, and what Meisterman describes as “his take” on Memphis ... photos that include graffiti, manhole covers, etc.
“People always say, ‘I love your work, but you never photograph Memphis,’” Meisterman says. “So here it is.”
As for the book Arn? Narn. — it’s a documentary of sorts. “Arn? Narn.,” says Meisterman, is the Newfoundland’s shortest conversation. In the early ’90s, the fish population was dangerously low. A moratorium was placed on fishing, but the fish have not returned. “Arn?” means “Any fish?” “Narn.” means “No fish.”
The book records the cultural implications of this situation.
BTW, some 40 odd years ago, when Meisterman was an art major, he wanted to be a painter.
Meisterman admits he wasn't very good. “My hands would not cooperate!”