HURACAN “heart of sky” is a K’iche” Maya god of wind, storm, fire and one of the creator deities who participated in all three attempts at creating humanity. He also caused the Great Flood after the second generation of humans angered the gods.
Sin Sombras / Without Shadows: A Search for the Meaning of Life, if There Is One, in the California Desert in Photographs and Stories (Hardcover)
by James Barbee (Author), Jack Leustig (Foreword)
Photo / Essay Book
11 x 13.25 inches, 197 pages
The intent of Sin Sombras/Without Shadows, a book by photographer/author/physician James Barbee, is perhaps best summarized by the subtitle: A search for the meaning of life, if there is one, in the California desert. What better place to look for something you may have lost than a land where there are no shadows, no place to hide? The photographs were all taken in the roughly 100-mile stretch of desert between El Centro and Barstow, California – one of the driest places on earth. In a landscape that looks like the surface of Mars, we see the hardy, sometimes eccentric people who live there and the world they have created.
Some Where No Where There, In Between (Coming 2023)
Photo / Essay Book
120 pages (approx)
11 x 13.25 inches
A collection of images and stories inspired by photographs from around the lower Mississippi River Valley.
Currently under production, expected release date July 2023.
Founded in October, 2022, Gallery Huracan, located in New Orleans on historic Magazine street, in a classical Creole cottage built in 1870.
About James Barbee – Photographer
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jim’s family moved to the small town of Columbia Mississippi when he was three years old. He spent most of the years of his childhood there but went on to college at the University of Miami and medical/psychiatric training at the Tulane, Washington University in Saint Louis, and the University of California San Diego. Upon graduation in 1982 he returned as a faculty member at the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans where he rose to the position of Professor of Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Neuroscience until he entered private practice as a psychiatrist in 2009.
About Kathleen Trapolin – Artist / Gallery Manager
Kathleen Trapolin was born in 1958 and raised in New Orleans. She attended the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio where she was awarded a Ford Foundation scholarship for her printmaking and sculpture. After moving back to New Orleans, she got her BFA from Newcomb College and has been the recipient of numerous awards for her work in watercolor. She has taught in many schools including The New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, and the Saint Tammany Art Association. Her work can be seen in many public and private collections.