Drilling for natural gas began near Michael’s former home in Montrose, Pennsylvania some time in 2008. Soon after, he began to make pictures of his friends and neighbors. It was clear their lives were about to change dramatically. A few would get rich from lucrative leases and royalties while others would be cheated and sickened by the gas companies. Michael felt compelled to record the community he knew before the lust for fuel transformed their lives.
This exhibition will run from September 5th through September 29th.
ARTISTS TALK: Thursday, September 19th – 6pm – (Details HERE.)
Michael Poster lives in Dummerston, VT with his wife, the artist, Rodrica Tilley. He works on long term photographic projects about people that interest him. Michael maintains a studio space in Brattleboro, VT at the Cotton Mill where he edits and prints his pictures.
He studied painting at the Philadelphia College of Art and photography with Ben Lifson. Previous work includes: Sweetheart Like You (roller derby portraits); We Still Make Stuff Here; Dreamland, Fractured, The Scranton Photographic Project; Nay Aug to Bulls Head; and Circle, Sinew, Fly: Shapes of Grace.
His work has been shown at the Sordoni Gallery at Wilkes University; The Butternut Gallery in Montrose, PA; Bright Hill Literary Center, Treadwell, NY; The Mahady Gallery at Marywood University; Camerawork Gallery in Scranton, PA; and the Marquis Gallery in Scranton, PA.
Selection of images from the exhibition:
View more of Michael’s work online at http://www.michaelposter.com