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About Richard Stultz
Richard Stultz has exhibited his photographs in solo and group exhibitions in the western United States. His work has been published in numerous magazines and is held in public and private collections. He is represented by Modernbook Gallery in San Francisco, California. He operates a commercial architectural photography practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.
About the photographs
The urban landscape and its man-made structures engage us all the time. But as our urban surroundings become familiar, they recede from focused attention to become the backdrop of our daily lives. We exist in this world as a fish swims in water. Refocusing attention to the constant interplay of the elements of the urban landscape can be energizing and beautiful. The dynamics generated by form, light, and color nudge the eye to sense the interrelatedness of the components and the presence of striking images.
When we shop, we are presented with aisles of thousands of products. There are shelves with an endless variety of similar items, often just a variation on the ones next to them. Other shelves display large quantities of identical products.
We may find dozens of different soaps, 22 ways to soothe an upset stomach, or 14 types of Pop Tarts. There are cans of dog and cat food with descriptions that sound as appetizing as anything we might cook for ourselves. There are so many shades of hair coloring that we can’t distinguish between many of them.
The displays are designed to make us feel that our choices are important. So many choices don’t necessarily seem to improve our lives. In some people they actually create anxiety. But beyond the social implications, there is a perverse beauty. These photographs show what we often overlook as we strive to find just the right item.
Faith in Las Vegas
Beginning in the 1940s the African-American population of Las Vegas increased significantly as wartime industries boomed and casinos developed. Segregation confined these newcomers to the area known as West Las Vegas and dozens of churches blossomed. Commercial ventures flourished including a local version of the Las Vegas Strip. However, with the advent of civil rights legislation and the nominal end of segregation in the 1960s, African Americans began leaving the area while very few people moved into it. The resulting decline was exacerbated by the destruction during the riots after the Rodney King verdict. Today it is an area where many lots are vacant and vegetation is mostly absent.
Despite the bleak setting, many churches survive, drawing thousands of people to their services. The names of the churches portray faith, hope, and optimism, indicating that what’s important is not the old façades but what goes on inside. The names of the churches, such as Center of Hope, Gateway to Heaven, and the Compassion Explosion Revival Church attest to vibrant faith in a part of Las Vegas that has seen better times.
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