2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

Unnatural: A Photographic Investigation of Interactions with Nature
Katherine D. Klebenow
Prof. Priya Kambli, Faculty Mentor

Nature, for me, has always been something to watch cautiously from a distance, but not meant to be experienced firsthand. The psychological dissonance I experience as result of my allergies to the world that surrounds me is a catalyst for my curiosity and artistic expression. This body of work investigates the things about nature that I find both beautiful and uncomfortable. I chose to express the discomfort I feel through interactions between nature and the man-made, capturing this discomfort as it relates to the things that surround me. Nature, in all its beautiful, powerful grandeur, seems always to seep into the human lifestyle, regardless of the fences we build against it. Every attempt to control nature will eventually fail, regardless of the effort made. These images present objects succumbing at various degrees, to nature. This set of 12 images was created using traditional film and darkroom photographic processes.

Keywords: Film, Photography, Nature, Allergies, Dissonance, Human interactions

Topic(s):Art - Studio Art

Presentation Type: Studio Art

Session: 1-2
Location: OP South Atrium
Time: 1:00

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