Join AAH on Friday, February 22nd, 2019 from 5 – 8pm for the opening reception of Wanderlust, a solo exhibition featuring photographs by Billy Hicks.
While some may consider Hicks’ work travel photography - and they would not be entirely wrong for that - Hicks’ body of work brings a quality that far exceeds the boundaries of pure documentation. At the core of travel photography, the images allow the viewer to mentally and emotionally escape, to immerse themselves in a new experience, land or lifestyle. Hicks’ effortlessly gifts this escape to the viewer in his various series from Asia, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, and even night scenes of the sky.
However, the magic of his photographs are found in Hicks’ ability to not simply visually translate a new experience, but rather, make the viewer feel as though these photographs are his/her own journey. The color palette, compositions, and play between public and intimate depth of field, gives the viewer the sense that these images are somehow his/her own memories. In effect this causes the viewer to escape twice over: first, to a new land; and second, into the metaphorical shoes of Hicks himself.