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Dynamic Landscapes of Abandoned Places

Sturm, Jerome (2013) Dynamic Landscapes of Abandoned Places. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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Abstract

In my written thesis I will describe the technological limitations landscape photographers have faced, look at the historical and contemporary influences on my work, examine the sources of my attraction to photographing abandoned places, explain the process of how my work is created, and evaluate the success of the photographs in the exhibition. My work enables others to find the treasures we have abandoned, and it raises the question, “Can these places be reclaimed?” The exhibition serves to document the spaces of the people who lived and worked in the scenes photographed, and it also raises the issue of the value we place on communities as they are abandoned. The highly stylized reality in the photographs are created by blending multiple-exposures, electronically painting in vibrant colors, and mimicking historical photographic methods of presentation. The painterly quality in the matte prints creates a disconnection between contemporary glossy images and the content of my photographs. The work resembles the style of hand-coloring popular in the early 20th century. The light boxes in the exhibition are created using a multiple-layer process, emulating hand-colored lantern slides. A black-and-white layer is combined with a colored layer to create a new illuminated image. The layers allow the viewers to move through the photograph as they explore the content. By using matte prints and light boxes, the work repackages the mundane into something new and different. It also shifts the sense of time in the photographs because the present is revealed using an obsolete method. The photographs explore the remnants of others and reshape the reality of what I see in my personal interpretation. Jerome H. Sturm, MFA Department of Art, 2013 Radford University

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Jerome Sturm
Date Deposited: 30 May 2013 18:13
Last Modified: 30 May 2013 18:13
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/121

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