2019 Student Research Conference:
32nd Annual Student Research Conference

Erased: A Photographic Exploration of Human Impact on the Environment

Linnea A. Moody
Prof. Priya S. Kambli, Faculty Mentor

In our everyday lives we see environmental consequences more and more, from unusual or extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and on average, warmer world temperatures. In Erased I explore humankind’s detrimental impact on our natural environment through a photographic lens. In this body of work, I hope to create a conversation about the damage human hands cause our natural world while photographing the small paradises our planet still has to offer. Each photograph is created using a homemade pinhole camera, which is transformed from an old popcorn can by poking a small hole that acts as a lens. An image is captured by placing photographic paper inside the pinhole camera. To create conversation I prevent some of the development, leaving a white strip that interrupts part of each image. The juxtaposition of these pristine landscapes and the strip of white metaphorically addresses the impact humankind has on our environment.

Keywords: environment, art, photography, impact, environmental impact, alternative photography, darkroom, erased

Topic(s):Art - Studio Art

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 109-5
Location: MC 210
Time: 9:30

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