Oakland - Cris Benton discusses and signs "Saltscapes"
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes Cris Benton to the store to discuss and sign his book, Saltscapes: The Kite Aerial Photography of Cris Benton, on Thursday, March 27th at 7pm.
Using a kite to fly a radio-controlled camera to heights of up to three hundred feet, photographer Cris Benton presents a much-overlooked part of the San Francisco Bay (quite literally for many of the thousands of passengers flying into SFO): the salt evaporation ponds of the South Bay. These marshlands are slowly being restored to their natural state after a century of industrial salt production, and they are a kaleidoscope of colors, textures, and patterns not discernible from the ground. From the lacy elegance of salt mounds to the stark geometry of rail lines, Benton’s photographs capture an otherworldly beauty practically in our backyard.
Cris will be bringing a kite cam along with him and will also be showing a slideshow of some of his photographs.
Cris Benton is a retired professor of architecture and former department chair at the University of California, Berkeley. His kite aerial photography in the South Bay began during a sabbatical year as artist in residence at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and it has continued under special use permits from the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The resulting images documenting the salt ponds have been shown at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Exploratorium, and the Coyote Point Museum, as well as conferences and art galleries.