Wednesday, July 3, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: “Life as it Happens” Photography by Scott Erb & Uday Khambadkone Opening at the Worcester Center for Crafts

Worcester, MA—An exhibit and sale of photography, by Scott Erb and Uday Khambadkone, is opening at the Worcester Center for Crafts’ Krikorian Gallery, July 19, 5:30-9pm. The show will be on view from July 19 through September 7. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10am-5pm. The show’s opening takes place in conjunction with the Worcester Center for Crafts’ annual event, Hot Night in the City.

The photographs in Life as it Happens represent the observations of two photographers capturing street scenes from very different points of view. Uday’s images are colorfully vibrant and complex in their content, while by contrast, Scott’s black and white images sharply reflect a keen sense of “lines and light, [which play] an integral part in his images.”

“We are very excited about this show,” says Candace Casey, the Krikorian Gallery director. “Studying Scott and Uday’s photos, their excitement and their clear technical capabilities are evident. The viewer is left with an incredible sense of watching a story unfold and of being there just at the right time.” 

Photo by Scott Erb
Photo by Uday Khambadkone

Scott Erb is a professional advertising photographer, yet this exhibition shows a different side to his usual work. Commercial photography utilizes an entirely different skill set and has to be “deliberate”. Scott’s street photography is anything but that. Of this work Scott says, “Allowing myself to be absorbed in my surroundings, I watch life unfold through the lens; making no distinction between the grand or the trivial.”

Uday Khambadkone, born and raised in Mumbai, moved to the United States to pursue a degree in engineering. Uday’s exhibited works are a series from his yearlong travel in India and of his rediscovery of the country as his birth place. “Life as it Happens,” says Uday “is about fleeting moments that I love to gather as I walk past alleyways, busy streets, airports and other public spaces.”

In conjunction with the exhibit, a free artist talk with Scott and Uday is scheduled for Thursday, July 25 at 6pm at the Worcester Center for Crafts. A special workshop with both photographers is also scheduled on September 21 called, “Life as it Happens – Hitting the Streets of Boston.” Meet them on the streets of Boston and capture “life as it happens” during a photo walk where unexpected moments are welcome. Using their exhibition of the same name in the Krikorian Gallery of the Worcester Center for Crafts as a touchstone, Scott and Uday will offer their perspectives on and their approach to street photography as they share tips and tricks to finding and capturing the candid moments that surround you. For more information on the workshop, go to the Worcester Center for Crafts’ website, Pre-registration is required.
The Krikorian Gallery charges no admission and is open to the public. 


About the Worcester Center for Crafts

The Worcester Center for Crafts (WCC) is one of the oldest non-profit institutions for craft study in the United States. Founded in 1856 as the Worcester Employment Society to help immigrant women produce and sell handcrafted wares to support their families, the Center evolved into New England’s leading center for craft education, exhibition, and entrepreneurship. In 2004, the organization expanded and opened the New Street Glass Studio- an off campus, 8000 square foot state-of-the –art multi-studio glass facility. The WCC offers the only comprehensive glass studio program in New England available to the public. Through an affiliation begun in 2009, the WCC is home to the Worcester State University’s visual arts studios.

The Craft Center’s mission: The Craft Center's mission is "to inspire and build a creative community" by providing high-quality craft education and training, by supporting craft artists in their professions, and through advocacy and public education initiatives including adult education classes and workshops, exhibitions showcasing the work of established and emerging artists, artist residencies, lectures, family events, studio rentals, Gallery Store, its Youth Craft + Creativity program and major events. The WCC is a member of the Worcester Cultural Coalition and receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.