Southern Light Gallery returns with photographic images by Steve Goff

After a long hiatus, the Southern Light Gallery at Amarillo College is breaking dormancy this fall with an exhibition of fresh photographs of the garden, although it is hardly a garden variety.

Images by veteran photographer Steve Goff will be on display until October 5 in the gallery, located on the first floor of the Ware Student Commons on AC’s Washington Street campus.

Entitled Flora Domestica, the exhibition features images from an ongoing project in which Goff photographs flora in his own backyard in Odessa, Texas, isolating them against homemade backgrounds.

“Plants are never removed from our garden and photographed in the studio,” says Goff. “They remain connected to our Mother Earth.”

Goff creates the images with the camera of a cell phone using the Hipstamatic app.

“I really like the beautiful stylized look, the selected focus and the soft tones in the camera app I chose and the selection of lenses and films,” he said. “The combination reflects my bond and love for 19th century photography. “

Goff, who has taught photography at Odessa College since 1984, is a former Texas State Artist Award nominee. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio University and taught at Cleveland State University and elsewhere in Ohio before moving to Texas.

He received the Aid to Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council and the Fellowship Award in Photography from the Mid-America Arts Alliance / National Endowment for the Arts. Goff represented the award winners at Mois de la Photo in Paris, France.

Goff received the 2017 Odessa College Honors Educator of the Year award and currently serves on the board of directors of the Texas Photographic Society and the Odessa Arts Council.

For more information on the Steve Goff Photo Exhibition or the Southern Light Gallery, contact René West, Associate Professor of Photography, at [email protected] or 806-345-5654.

Michael E. Marquez