Reviewed: Gurujeet Khalsa at Photoworks
Gurujeet Khalsa of Chevy Chase, Md., has a career in technology and health care, and he’s an aficionado of Japanese gardens and the board game Go. Oh yeah, he’s also a photographer. And not a bad one.
His exhibit at Glen Echo’s Photoworks includes works from all over—Belize, Maine, the Pacific Northwest—most of them focused on the natural world. A few are needlessly dramatic, such as a pair of images with almost fantastical rays of light piercing a forest. More often, though, Khalsa reins in such impulses, to better effect.
A number of Khalsa's photographs echo the signature out-of-focus vegetation images of Terri Weifenbach—not surprising, since he studied with Weifenbach. One image focuses on the delicate hairs on a spindly branch, another on a swath of monochromatic greenery, and another (top) contrasts a thicket of boughs with a disorientingly close backdrop of sand.
Khalsa's most visually pleasing images are his simplest. In “Capitol Crescent #1,” he photographs red, chalky nuggets scattered on a surface of gravel, suggesting some of the more contemplative works of Gabriel Orozco and Andy Goldsworthy. “Potomac #2” captures gentle, circular and surely fleeting eddies on the surface of a pond, while “Rock Creek Cemetery” features an oddly absorbing sprinkling of red, green, and black detritus on a layer of pure, white snow, looking like flecks resting gently on a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
On view to Feb. 18 at Glen Echo Photoworks, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md. Open 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and any time when a class is underway. That includes most evenings, and many Saturdays and weekdays. To inquire call (301) 634-2274.