Cross-posted from The Press of Atlantic City[by Pamela Dollak]
At a quick and casual glance, a Nastassia Davis photograph can appear to be a light and happy image, filled with color and quirkiness, embedded with charm and panache.
But linger a bit, and you’ll notice something else — that somewhat lighthearted image is telling a story and making a serious statement.
Whether on a hot trending topic, race or even college debt, the means by which Davis — whose work can be seen in a Black History Month exhibit at Holtzman Gallery in Margate through March 4 — achieves the final outcome is akin to stage work. Davis fully sets a scene — sometimes by morphing together multiple photos to create one setting — for which the end result is both striking and dramatic.