Photo © Nancy Richards Farese
Photo © Nancy Richards Farese

Nancy Richards Farese: Looking for the Shapes of Shadows

June 1 – July 19, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 7–9PM


The Image Flow proudly presents Looking for the Shapes of Shadows, a solo exhibition featuring the work of photographer Nancy Richards Farese.


It felt important to soften, to look for shadows. To present an attempt at a catalogue of color and shadow—the unknown, in which the anonymity of human activity, my activity, could be laid out for comparison and response.


Photography makes the invisible visible, is the old adage. Makes visible the dance of color, swirling, always, around and around. Makes visible the depth of shadow, a dive into something familiar, yet holding a mystery that is luxurious. Makes visible transcendental notions of ease, reassurance, peace.


Because the literal is confusing, I find the abstract more tangible, more real. Strange that the sharp edges of documentary look dangerous right now – What is it? Can it be trusted? What am I supposed to think?


This work rebels against the notion that the answers are knowable, or even desirable. It wallows in a bath of ambiguity and vagueness; a chance to see color and abstraction juxtaposed with mystery and uncertainty. A quiet remove, to find myself.

– Nancy Richards Farese


Come celebrate Nancy’s poetic collection of photographs at our opening reception on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 7–9PM.


R.S.V.P. catering will be serving light appetizers and wine.

On view through July 19.



Artist Bio


Nancy Richards Farese is a social entrepreneur and photographer working to promote visual storytelling for the social good. She is the founder of which works to discover and develop the world’s very best visual storytellers to tell the stories that promote civic engagement and mutual understanding. Nancy is a social documentary photographer, working globally with nonprofits to develop visual strategies to connect audiences with their work, including, The UN High Commission on Refugees, Mercy Corps and The Carter Center. Nancy teaches and writes on the evolution of visual journalism to promote civic dialog and understanding. She currently serves on the boards of Southwire Company,, and KQED Public Media, San Francisco, and is a Fellow at The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Policy at The Harvard Kennedy School writing and researching the evolution of visual journalism as it impacts the health of our democracy.


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