The Talented Arts Fair 2017 saw an array of established and up and coming artists from painters and sculptors to ceramicists and photographers. This exhibition was held in the Truman Brewery Brick Lane in the heart of the East End famous for its Bagel Bakers and Curry Houses but now also a centre for creative with its vintage shops cafes and bars with something there for everyone.
The bright white walled exhibition space and an event which was well organized and publicized provided the perfect backdrop for the artists who had come from not only
London but also from
Manchester and other parts of the country.
There were only 4 photographers at this exhibition but Dennis Valdez was one certainly to look out for. A fashion photographer who displays that focal edge and eye for creating grand elegant and mystical images using beautiful models in stunning settings with flamboyant designer costumes and accessories. His photographs are best described as fine art pieces. Innocence in particular looks more like an oil painting coming to life than a photograph. Epping Forest was the setting for five of his images but each one conveys a very different view of the forest from the dark and eerie side of Alivyah to Reflections where he manages to capture the symmetry of the sun beaming through the trees. Then there is Imperial Mist which conjures up all the magic and regality of a fairy tale snow queen. Modesty another of his pictures exhibited provided us with a glimpse of the 1920’s when the Charleston was in vogue.
To sum up Valdez demonstrates his ability not only to take magnificent technically perfect pictures but also he manages to transport his audience back to times past with his imagery. This photographer is definitely one who has a lot to offer us and it
is to be hoped that we will be seeing more of his talented work in the future.
An Extravagant View of Fashion from Dennis Valdez By Peter Edwards Photographs by David Meehan