April 4, 2014
By Jessica Deleon
When it comes to his vivid photographs of colored smoke in everyday places, Irby Pace (’12 M.F.A.) battles the elements — and himself.
“It has to be challenging,” he says. “It can’t be simple.”
But the work has received notice, appearing on the cover of theDallas Observer and the German-based Emotion magazine. He is represented by Galleri Urbane in Dallas. Pace became obsessed with making the smoke photography work, often running back and forth between the smoke and the camera. Sometimes the wind would blow the smoke away.
“I just kept doing it,” he says. “I had to make it work. I had to know. I couldn’t give it up unless I made a successful photograph. If it works, I shot it. If it doesn’t work, I shot it.”
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