Photographer Annie Barnett captures beach scenes – and more – in exhibit on display at A.Space
For the past 20 years, Atherton resident Annie Barnett has focused her photography business on portraits of families, mostly shot on location — and often in black and white.
So the current exhibit of her photographs at A.Space in downtown Menlo Park is a departure. Titled “Water,” it features not only beach scenes but objects captured along the way as she’s traveled the world. A reception for Annie is schedule for Thursday, Feb. 8, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm; A.Space is located at 773 Santa Cruz Avenue.
“These photos are at the result of a personal project of mine,” she says. “I’m from LA and love the beach. The timing was perfect when Jill [Layman] asked me to do a show.”
The exhibited photos are but a sample of what Annie has gathered together for a very big book, one that when open, is 40 by 30 inches. “The book itself is a piece of art — a lot of pieces of art!” she explains.
Annie will have postcards with more information about the book at the reception on Thursday, but if you can’t attend and want more information, contact her via her website.
For Annie, photography is emotional. “You can freeze moments in time and then go back and get the same feeling,” she says. “For example, the photo of umbrellas was taken at La Fontelina Beach Club on Capri. It’s one of my favorite places in the world. When I look at that photo, I get a visceral reaction and feel the way I felt when I was there. I’m hoping that the viewer will get an emotional reaction from these photos, too.”
Some of the photographs show objects that people might walk by without noticing, like the photo of rolled up towels taken in Croatia. “The beach boy took the time to roll them well,” she says. “I want people to take a moment and appreciate little stuff like this.”
Annie has begun to percolate on her next project. “My favorite age group is teenagers,”‘ she says. “There’s that transition between awkwardness and a little entitlement that I hope to capture.”