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Photographer Compares Her Home Decor to that of Her Grandmother’s

Jolene Esposito

The American economy was once based upon the manufacture and export of well-crafted goods. Increased economic challenges have caused a shift from domestic manufacturing to a service and information-based economy. As a result of consumer desire for low-cost goods and consequential pressure for less expensive labor, Americans’ homes are now filled with imported goods. This was not the case in the recent past.

A Fine Art Study of Photography in the Digital Age

Mike-Patterson photography

As film and other traditional methods of photography continue to decline in use and availability, we are confronted by a proliferation of digital technology for the production and dissemination of images. Walter Benjamin famously observed that the photographic medium, with its potential for faithful reproduction by mechanical means, is a medium uniquely suited to the purposes of public exhibition compared to other visual art forms such as paintings that exist as singular cult objects.

‘What I Hold Dear’ Photographed by Amanda Boe

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Amanda Boe is a photographer based in San Francisco. These images are from her series ‘What I Hold Dear’. She writes:

A Photography Series that Confuses Perception

Matthew Gamber photography

Boston photographer Matthew Gamber holds a BFA from Bowling Green State University, and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University. He has taught at Art Institute of Boston / Lesley University, College of the Holy Cross, Savannah College of Art & Design, and Massachusetts College of Art & Design. He is the former Editor in Chief of Big RED & Shiny, and has worked on preservation projects for the State Library of Massachusetts and Harvard University Libraries. He is represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston and you can see this work in the upcoming deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum’s 2012 deCordova Biennail. Gamber writes:

‘The photographs in Any Color You Like are an experiment in how photography can confuse our perception of information. These photographs represent objects whose primary function is to simulate our observation of color. When these items are rendered in a traditional black–and–white format, the information that remains is merely an abstraction of its previous form.’

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Quirky Artificial Environments Photographed by Daniel George

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Daniel George is a Savannah, Georgia based photographer. His photographs document human relationships to the environment. This work is from his series, Natural Selection, in which he writes:

‘The contemporary landscape is detailed and intricate. It is divided into segments that are separately owned and diversely maintained. Through photography I am exploring these unique subsections that form this complex environment. I am focusing on variations of land, which reveal an individual’s personal reflection of, and relationship to the environment. Their interconnection is conveyed through directly manipulating and placing objects within the landscape. Often, the attempt is to emulate an ideal natural world.’

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Photographs of Hong Kong, the Most Densely Populated Urban Center in the World

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Greer Muldowney is a fine art photographer and adjunct professor based in Boston, Massachusetts. She works in several formats, exploring ideas based upon- or working around-anything American; whether it looks that way or not. Her work has been exhibited in several galleries in the United States, Hong Kong and France. She writes:

‘At 6,426 people per km2, Hong Kong boasts the most densely populated urban center in the world. The reality of sustainable practices, depletion of resources and a shifting global power paradigm pervade media involving China, and its Western syndicate territory, Hong Kong. By making imagery here, I ask viewers to contemplate these issues, but to also see these places as homes; not statistics.

QR Codes Embedded with Photographs Reveal Injustice in China

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Zhenjie Dong is a Chinese artist and photographer who is exploring ways to express her social and political concerns through photography. A graduate from the Communication University of China with a BFA in English Language and Literature, she is currently pursuing her MFA in photography at Savannah College of Art and Design. Of her series ‘QR’ Dong writes:

China is a country that has a long history and a rich cultural heritage. Contemporary China, however, faces many problems, including political corruption, social injustice, wealth segregation and web censorship. While the major government controlled media is still celebrating the happy life of Chinese people under the rule of the government, people ridicule authority and reveal the reality they see through the Internet.

Voyeuristic Portraits Taken of People Driving Their Cars

reid elem photography

Reid Elem is a Savannah, Georgia based fine art photographer. His series, In Direction, is an investigation into social introversion. A case of voyeur looking at voyeur; A visual documentation of being caught looking and confirmation of our general tendency to look and to be looked at. Elem writes:

‘In Direction’ was inspired by the human condition and the idiosyncrasies of our behavior during the daily commute. As years pass, social introversion casts a shadow over society and culture thus reducing our interaction with one another. This is beautifully displayed within the moving glass house we call the automobile. Once dubbed the “American Freedom Machine,” our cars were an open door to a new and exciting world of travel and adventure. Unfortunately as the modern world progresses and technology further encourages us to keep to ourselves, being out on the road has become an extension of our private space even though we are still within the public domain. People become caught up in the ride and forget the hundreds of people who pass only a few feet away.

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Popular Tourist Destinations Photographed by Jessica Auer

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Jessica Auer is a documentary-style landscape photographer from Montreal. Drawing inspiration from history and archeology, her work is largely concerned the study of cultural sites. From the beaten track to the frontier, Jessica explores places where history and mythology are woven into the landscape, and where contemporary landscape issues emerge.

Jessica is a co-founder and co-director of Galerie Les Territoires in Montréal and teaches photography at Concordia University. She is represented by Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Ottawa. Of this series, Re-creational Spaces, she writes: