It seems appropriate that a child of two eye doctors has a special vision -- unique views that emerge through her photography.|
Talya Arbisser, 25, a Davenport native and daughter of ophthalmologists Lisa and Amir Arbisser of Eye Surgeons Associates, has an exhibit opening Saturday at the Phoneix Art Gallery, 1530 5th Ave., Moline. A preview will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.
"I was always interested in visuals," the Davenport Central and Cornell University alumna said. "I was a sociology major and did a concentration in visual studies. I was always interested in eyesight, because of my parents.
"I'm very lucky, my eyesight is fabulous. I have a natural eye, and a lot of things I look for are about texture."
Ms. Arbisser had an epiphany when she held her first camera -- a Pentax single lens reflex -- after joining her high school newspaper. "The camera became a part of me and traveled everywhere I did," she said.
During her school years, Ms. Arbisser specialized in sports photography, which included photojournalism internships at the Dispatch/Argus and Quad-City Times.
"I really loved the action side, being on the field, being there in the moment," she said.
Ms. Arbisser said she enjoyed shooting football the most.
"I love the contact in the sport, and men's lacrosse. It's the constant contact. It's always happening. My least favorite are baseball and golf. I've shot some really unique ones on the East Coast -- horse polo, fencing, lacrosse, field hockey."
While not an athlete herself, Ms. Arbisser has been an avid horseback rider since she was 5. She has competed in horse shows across the country, and rode a lot while living in Australia for five months during her junior year of high school.
Her final project at Cornell was a 25-minute educational video that explains how to shoot good sports photography. After graduation, Ms. Arbisser spent about six months in Amsterdam, where she compiled many images for her portfolio.
"I basically wanted to go and be somewhere that was very visual," she said. "It was a great place to go. I absolutely adored it."
In June, Ms. Arbisser graduated from a one-year program at the International Center of Photography in New York City, with a certificate in photojournalism and documentary photography.
Her project there -- coordinated through the Jewish Guild for the Blind -- centered on a 4-year-old girl, Noa, whose eyes technically work but whose brain can't process images, Ms. Arbisser said. The condition was caused by a pre-natal stroke Noa's parents didn't learn about until she was 4 months old.
"I want to follow her the rest of my life," Ms. Arbisser said. "I wanted to do a project on how blind children learn."
The Phoenix gallery exhibit, "...unattached..." -- organized by Figge Art Museum director Sean O"Harrow -- collects seemingly disparate images of three "A" locations: Australia, Amsterdam and America. They range from from "rural to uber-urban, all seemingly unattached except that I have lived there, loved there, and met incredible people and been affected by it all," the photographer said.
Ms. Arbisser plans to move to Houston (home of her father's parents) in January, where she will specialize in photographing children, and do pro bono work on special needs issues -- primarily blindness.
Her exhibit, on the first floor of the Moline Club, runs through Dec. 31. To see more of her photos, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Photos-By-Talya/25365612471?ref=ts, or http://photosbytalya.arbisser.com.
Narveen Aryaputri, owner of the Phoenix Art Gallery, said Ms. Arbisser "is a brilliant artist with a very, very sharp perspective."
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