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Alibi L., Alvina Wang at 625 Gallery

First Thursday, that special night of the month when San Francisco’s art galleries stay open late, was a little more special for us this time around, as Gallery 625 hosted Alvina Wang’s opening reception for “Alibi L.” Alvina was on hand to greet friends and fans, and there were plenty of both in attendance.

Alibi L., Alvina Wang at 625 Gallery

Alvina’s powerful photographs had been attracting attention during the week prior to the reception, with people commenting on the moods they inspire, or with questions about how the ghostly images were made. As it turns out, the technique is fairly straightforward. A very slow exposure rate captures stationary objects, while moving figures leave almost no trace. As the subject moves in and out of each tableau, pausing for various lengths of time or moving ever so slowly for blurred effects, the artistry behind the technique becomes apparent. The ghostly figure is quite prominent in some scenes, while remaining a faint echo in others.

Alibi L., Alvina Wang at 625 Gallery

Meeting Alvina in person was the perfect finale to experiencing her exhibit. Although you would scarcely recognize her as the ghostly wanderer in her photos, it’s easy to see why she was able to so successfully realize her theme. Alvina Wang’s dedication to her artistic vision will doubtlessly serve her well in her artistic career. Congratulations, Alvina, for a grand opening reception and for a spectacular exhibit!