PHOTOGRAPHS BY SANDOR BODO AND J. WAYNE HIGGS - Through August 17 at Intuitiveye Gallery, 641 Indiana Avenue NW. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 to 5.
Sandor Bodo is fascinated with motion and tries to record it on film. If the subject isn't moving in his pictures, the camera is.
Vivid patches of blue could be sky or water; the green appears to be grass and the distorted image of a human an extraterrestrial creature.
It has all the clarity of alling in a dream.
Long, graceful strokes and swirls of color give it a painted effect. Some of his "falling" landscapes and self-portraits, on exhibit at Intuitiveye Gallery, are strangely similar to Japanese watercolors.
"I wanted to capture the constant movement of the universe," said Bodo, who adds that he has been influenced by Einstein and quantum physics. "I am more concerned with my imagination interacting with the medium than literal representation."
For his falling series, Bodo used a Widelux camera with a revolving turret for taking photos of large groups. He tossed the cocked camera into the air with the lens facing him. The two-second exposure produced a soft blur of colors and shapes defying gravity.
Another series, "Umbraman," freezes the movement of garments in animated gestures. A man's hat and overcoat tossed up in the air come off as a surrealistic version of "The Invisible Man."
In contrast to Bodo's manipulation of the camera, J. Wayne Higgs' black-and-white nude self-portraits, also on exhibit at Intuitiveye, are straightforward. His scenes are well-composed with a sharp contrast that accentuates rippling muscles and graceful lines.
Higgs has been fascinated with the male body and its aging process since he studied anatomy at the Corcoran 15 years ago. He later taught himself photography and began his nude studies, using himself as a model.
"My photographs are not for everyone," says Higgs, recognizing that some people may be shocked by his work. "I just see the body as sculpture."