As the calendar marked the arrival of February 29th, an event just as rare and significant unfolded within the walls of 35 Meadow Street Gallery in Brooklyn. “The Leap Year Show,” presented by Us for the Arts, offered a night of visual exploration through the lens of seventeen seasoned photographers, each interpreting the theme of rare occurrences in their own unique way.

The Leap Year Show

Kimber Devaney – “Portal”

Under the meticulous curation of New York-based photographers Erica Reade and Gaspar Marquez, the juried show emerged as a collection as eclectic as it was profound. This visual symphony played not only with the notions of the odd and the infrequent but also with the peculiarities that life sporadically bestows upon us. In the gallery’s thrumming atmosphere, the excited chatter of photography enthusiasts provided a live soundtrack to the extraordinary display.

We transitioned from the exhibit’s broader strokes to the distinct tableaux created by Anya Broido and Michael Trimboli, whose works stood out for capturing the bizarre and unavoidable moments of New York City life. Nearby, Svetlana Katz’s piece offered a pivot in perception, a reflection within the cityscape that drew the viewer’s eye to the synergy between the city and its inhabitants.

The Leap Year Show

Izabella Demavlys – “Carlene”

Dina Shirin, Sander Randall, and Ashton Gooding’s still-life photos shone a light on forgotten and abandoned objects found in city settings, showing them in odd and sometimes jarring new ways. Their work reminded us that even the most commonplace objects can become artifacts of wonder when recontextualized and reframed in their surroundings.

Easing from the inanimate to the vibrantly alive, Nasrah Omar’s glimpse of fauna serendipity, juxtaposed with Will Vogel’s snapshot of a fleeting moment in nature and relationships, added a fresh look to the collection. Bailey Quinlan’s resonant landscapes offered a pause, a visual soliloquy on time, loss, and memory that resonated deeply with viewers, bridging the gap between the natural world and human emotion.

The Leap Year Show

Anya Broido – “Rock ’n’ Roll All Night”

The show’s exploration also ventured into the realm of cultural and social oddities that define the human experience. Andrew Bisdale’s portrait of a performer with glass eyes became a nucleus of mystery around which viewers congregated, while Izabella Demavlys’s intimate and emotionally charged portrait prompted reflections on beauty standards.

In a quiet corner, the black and white images of Julian Montenegro and Jillian Guyette celebrated the serenity found in traditions and relationships; their inconspicuous elegance was a counterpoint to the vibrancy found elsewhere in the gallery.

The Leap Year Show

Julian Montenegro – “Rhythm”

The everyday continued to turn into mystique under the curious gaze of Kirsten Nicolaisen, whose rainy summer scene danced with a shimmering solitude. Charlie Lederer added to the evocative feeling of the exhibition with a capture of a summer location steeped in a nostalgic air, where the emptiness whispered tales of seasons past. Christina Santucci peeled back the layers of family rituals, exposing the raw, rhythmic pulse of kinship that binds through time-honored practices.

The narrative of rarity continued with Kimber Devaney’s technique, which involved composite photography. Her work showcased the barely perceptible layers of reality, exemplifying the leap between understanding and imagination between the world we inhabit and the worlds we construct.

The Leap Year Show

Andrew Bisdale – “Coney Island Mermaid Parade”

“The Leap Year Show” was a reminder to stop and look closer, delve deeper, and appreciate the rarity of moments and phenomena that pass us by. The exhibition was a resounding success, leaving over a hundred attendees with a newfound appreciation for the beauty that lies in the rare and rhythmically irregular occurrences in life.

As the evening came to a close, it was clear that “The Leap Year Show” had achieved what it set out to do—engage, inspire, and captivate. It was a leap into a world where the oddities became the focal point, and rarity was celebrated with each snapshot. For those who missed it, the reverberations of the night will echo until the next leap year, promising another chance to witness the celebration of photography’s power to capture the seldom-seen.

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