There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
TO JAN. 8, 2005
California-based photographer Todd Hido is best known for his images of ordinary-looking, anonymous homes taken in the gloomy evening hours. In Hido’s new project, “Roaming,” he broadens his perspective somewhat, taking photographs of ordinary-looking, anonymous landscapes out of the window of his car, usually on rainy or overcast days. (An untitled work is pictured.) Sometimes Hido stumbles across an interesting vista: a patch of muddy agricultural furrows, a listing electrical pole in thick fog, a pleasing arrangement of vertical tree trunks and basketball hoops that contrast with an otherwise horizontal scene. But in G Fine Art’s 12-piece exhibition of Hido’s works, his older images—of dimly lit homes, trucks, and apartment buildings—remain the most impressive; their finer detail and subtler gradations of light and shadow are more successful at suggesting a sense of unease. By contrast, the main benefit of the car-window project is conceptual: It turns the American road-trip photograph, usually an exuberant homage to the freedom of the open road, into something darker and more sinister. The show is on view from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, to Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at G Fine Art, 1515 14th St. NW. Free. (202) 333-0300. (Louis Jacobson)