365 x 2012 in the Ramp Gallery, November 4–December 2, 2013

What: 365 x 2012 by Jesse Eisenhardt

When: November 4–December 2, 2013

Where: The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space at 934 Brannan St. (between 8th and 9th)

Jesse Eisenhardt’s 365 x 2012 is a series of photos documenting a year of the artist’s life. Every day during 2012, Eisenhardt shot and uploaded a photo to his blog as a digital memory of his year.  Titled 365 x 2012 (which he only later realized should have been titled 366 x 2012 since it was a leap year), the archive represents an important time in his life, spanning travels around the country and the world for his work as a cinematographer at Google, and most notably, the birth of his son, Alexander.

The main challenge of this project, Eisenhardt notes, was to find an interesting image to capture each day.  Aided by the help of his iPhone, impromptu moments  were easy to capture, and editing programs such as Photoshop, Snapseed, and Instagram helped transform the sometimes mundane into works of art.  The project also encouraged the artist to carry a DSLR around as much as possible, to capture such events as the Space Shuttle Endeavor flyover, and the Venus transit across the sun.

In retrospect, Eisenhardt realized that finding one image everyday helped to enhance the importance of every moment: that perfect picture could be captured anywhere, at anytime, in any place.

About the artist
A native of San Francisco, Jesse Eisenhardt is a freelance cinematographer, director, writer, and photographer. A graduate of the USC School of Cinema-Television, Eisenhardt spent nearly eight years in Los Angeles honing his craft as a cinematographer on various film and television projects both in Southern California and around the world. During the DSLR revolution, the artist adapted his shooting style to fully utilize small, affordable DSLR cameras (like the Canon 5D Mark II) as an HD video capture device. Now, whenever Eisenhardt is on set or on location, he always has a camera in hand to capture the moment in photograph.

View Eisenhardt’s blog documenting the series at 365×2012.tumblr.com

About The Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space in the SOMArts lobby, accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. To view submission information as well as past exhibitions, please visit The Ramp Gallery page of our website here. To purchase work on display or for more information email gallery@somarts.org. You can visit The Ramp Gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.

Photos courtesy of Jesse Eisenhardt