JM Gallery is pleased to present works by Ron and Michael Heinlen, father and son photographers who look for the extraordinary hidden within the seemingly ordinary. Ron’s camera is his constant companion, and he collects images from around the world. Many of his photographs capture everyday city scenes—a man eyeing produce in a Boston storefront or a pair of beggars in Beijing—that appear fleeting, but reveal a sense of the shared humanity we too often forget. Michael finds beauty in ordinary and decayed forms, like the graceful lines and shadows of telephone wires or the suggestive patterns of crumbling concrete and broken glass in an abandoned building. He photographs common objects that we may “see” but that remain unseen, re-visioning them into novel forms and exposing the grace that surrounds us. Whether by memorializing the routine or by shifting perspectives, both father and son focus on the commonplace and elevate their subjects.
30% of all sales from this show will be donated to Big Thought. For 30 years, Big Thought has collaborated with local partners to bring creative learning opportunities to youth in Dallas neighborhoods with the greatest need. Students in these high-need neighborhoods do not have equitable access to crucial out-of-school education, which widens the opportunity gap. Big Thought develops and facilitates after-school, in-school, summer, and community programs that stimulate the imagination, instill and strengthen crucial social and emotional learning skills, and impact academic achievement.