George Campos (b. 1952), Skyscapes Series #1, 1986; Ektacolor photograph, 40 x 30 inches (frame: 40 1/4 x 30 1/4 inches); Purchased with funds from the Metropolitan Life Foundation, 1986
Photographs from George Campos's Skyscapes Series were inspired by his first impressions of Buffalo at the age of eleven. Soon after he had moved from Cuba to Buffalo, when the clocks were turned back an hour the sky suddenly became very gray. The changing quality of light profoundly altered his childhood assumptions that skies are always blue. Still fascinated by the phenomenon as an adult, Mr. Campos created a series of twelve photographs that hint at the city's horizon line while documenting fundamental changes in the sky each day. They also reference Alfred Stieglitz's lyrical black and white photographs of clouds that comprise his Equivalent Series, produced between 1922 and 1933. Powerfully, his studies of light and shadow also stood for inner meaning.