Longtime Mill Valley photographer Barbara Hazen‘s exhibits over the years have spanned subjects like a “Perfectly Imperfect” exploration into feelings about feminine beauty and identity, as well as work from upper Grant Avenue in San Francisco’s North Beach widely known for its ties to the Beat Generation.
Her latest series of archival pigment prints, “Time Piece,” takes a look at something that many of us have had an every-changing relationship with through the course of the pandemic: TIME.
Hazen is set to showcase her work throughout the month of March at the Mill Valley Chamber at 85 Throckmorton Ave. in the Depot Building (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 12-4pm), as well as part of the Mill Valley Arts Commission’s First Tuesday Artwalk on March 1 (5:30-7:30pm).
A third-generation Californian, Hazen is well into a second life of sorts in photography. She first picked it up in 2002, but camera-wielding often took a back seat over the next decade as Hazen, a former pastry chef at Postrio who trained at the California Culinary Academy, raised three kids and tried to launch her own retail business. In early 2008, she launched Sables Gourmet Cookie Dough, selling high-quality pre-packaged cookie dough in dozens of stores like Whole Foods and Mollie Stone’s. Hazen closed Sables in 2010 and found herself immediately drawn back to photography.
“I was really longing to get back into it,” she says.
Hazen’s work explores the internal self and the intersection of memory and the family scrapbook, with an emphasis on cyanotype and platinum palladium processes. Hazen’s photos have been featured in numerous publications including PDN, Critical Mass, and B&W Magazine and exhibited in group, solo and on-line exhibits including ASmith Gallery – Johnson City,Texas, HLiiC -China, The Plaxall Gallery – Queens, NY, CordenPotts Gallery (online), San Francisco, CA, SoHo Photo Gallery – Ny, Ny, Sorensen Gallery – Fresno, CA, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts – Mill Valley, CA, The Image Flow – Mill Valley, and many more.