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Buscando la Luz in Palo Alto

San Jose resident Robertino Ragazza has an extraordinary solo photographic exhibition titled Buscando La Luz (Searching for Light) in the Gallery Room of Keeble & Shucat Photography.

Fresh AirYou may have seen Mr. Ragazza before. His was the smiling face behind the front desk at the Hotel Montgomery for a few years. He is Hospitality Manager for the Cinequest Film Festival. Possibly you have sat next to him on one of his many international flights. Ragazza often flies around the world and always has his camera with him. This exhibit displays some of his black and white photography from Turkey, Spain, Mexico and even California.

His pictures beautifully show the unattractive sides of these places and focus on the light that can be found even in darkness. The sun shines through a beautiful stained glass in a decaying building in Bodrum. An old man from Celcuk, suffering from alopecia, beams back at the viewer. A luminous face smiles down from a crumbling apartment in Istanbul. In each picture you see the poor underside of the cities along with the bright lightness, love and wonder that is also present.

ContemplationRobertino Ragazza was born in the Philippines and raised in San Jose.  He is a photographer and a ceramic artist. Never without his camera, Ragazza concentrates on knowing his subjects, making them aware he is genuinely interested in their stories. This is apparent in each photo he takes, whether the focus is a small child alone on a cobbled street or a young butcher standing next to his work. An observer who loves to capture the moment, Ragazza’s influences are countless and spontaneous. Observations through life experiences and travel affect his creativity, finding he is at his best with street portrait work. “Light becomes my paintbrush and printing provides the meditative process that brings life to my subjects, giving me patience and a sense of peace,” says the Buddhist convert.

The gallery is in a room above the Keeble & Shucat Photography store in Palo Alto. California’s premier digital imaging store has an amazing plethora of cameras, supplies, an excellent repair department and a variety of classes. When you enter the store just head to the back toward the large “DARK ROOM” sign and go up the stairs. You’ll see the sign next to the gallery room where Robertino Ragazza’s work is showing.

Through Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Keeble & Shucat Photography
290 California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306
For more information call: 650-327-8996

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